Blu-ray Review: THE SEVEN-UPS

THE SEVEN-UPS was produced and directed by Philip D’Antoni from a screenplay by Albert Ruben and Alexander Jacobs and stars Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Larry Haines, Richard Lynch, Ken Kercheval, Victor Arnold and Jerry Leon. The score is by Don Ellis.

In the mode of The French Connection, The Seven-Ups (1973) is directed by the former film’s producer, Philip D’Antoni, and stars Roy Scheider as the leader of a crack squad of NYPD detectives bent on busting culprits whose offenses guarantee seven years or up in prison. The cops are nearly as out of line as the crooks, a dangerous bunch of miscreants connected to the mob. Featuring one of the most famous cinematic car chases ever, designed by the great Bill Hickman (The French Connection, Bullitt).

This 1973 gritty action-thriller follows Buddy Manucci (Roy Schieder), a tough as nails New York City detective who is part of a top-secret elite unit called The Seven-Ups. This small group of undercover cops throw the rule book out the window because they use unorthodox tactics to get the job done and it doesn’t set well with some of the local criminals. What happens is, his partner ends up getting killed and during his investigation he uncovers this plot to kidnap mobsters for money. The Seven-Ups reputation is also on the line as all of this goes down because they’re kind of being set up.

This dangerous investigation is like an unsolvable puzzle at first but Manucci’s relentless search and drive ends up leading him to the elusive men behind this ruthless money making business but stopping them ends up being the hard part. The chase turns into a game of cat and mouse but in the end the brave detective, with a little help, finally puts an end to the mysterious men behind all of this. In the end, not only does Manucci clear the name of The Seven-Ups but he also gets revenge for his partner’s death.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about The Seven-Ups by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any serious issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Seven-Ups is a prime axample of what great acton movies from the 70’s were all about. This one is unofficially a distant cousin to 1971’s The French Connection because of star Roy Scheider and producer Philip D’Antoni who helmed this 1973 action-thriller and it’s the only time he would ever direct a movie. The movie is full of action and suspense that’s complimented by some strong performances by this great cast that’s led by Scheider. By the way, Richard Lynch always made a fantastic villain in anything he was in, didn’t he. Anyway, as gritty and violent as this movie is, it features a PG rating and that kind of suprised me because it can get a little dark at times. All in all, I’d have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining action-thriller that’s packed with grit and attitude. The Seven-Ups is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 103 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 on some players)

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include two isolated music tracks, some audio commentary, an introduction to the movie by the director, interviews with some of the cast and crew, featurettes, a short super 8 version, an image gallery and the original theatrical trailer.

  • Isolated Music Track of the Don Ellis Film Score
  • Isolated Music Track of the Unused Johnny Mandel Score
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
  • Introduction by Director-Producer Philip D’Antoni (00:10)
  • The Seven-Ups Connection (21:32)
  • A Tony Lo Bianco Type (18:07)
  • Real to Reel (24:48)
  • Cut to the Chase (13:51)
  • Anatomy of a Chase: Behind the Scenes of the Filming of The Seven-Ups (08:18)
  • Randy Jurgensen’s Scrapbook (02:58)
  • Super 8 Version (16:19)
  • Lobby Cards, Stills and Media Gallery (02:10)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:18)
  • Teaser (01:10)

 

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