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SEVENTH SON

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 102 minutes, alternate ending, deleted and alternate scenes, featurettes, visual effects gallery, digital UV copy, DVD

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO (blu-ray): English 7.1 DTS-HD MA, English 2.0 DVS, French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround

AUDIO (DVD): English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 DVS, French 5.1 DD, Spanish 5.1 DD

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Universal Pictures/ Legendary Pictures/ Thunder Road Film/ Wigram

RELEASE DATE: 5-26-2015

In a world where legends and magic collide, Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) recruits his newest apprentice (Thomas  Ward as played by Ben Barnes) who is the seventh son of the seventh son to help fit Mother Malik (Julianne Moore) that has escaped from her prison as she looks to enslave the world with her dark army beginning at the height of the blood moon.  They are being watched by Alice- the daughter of one of the witches- who finds her loyalty torn between her mother (who serves Mother Malik and her love for Mr. Ward).

 

SEVENTH SON is a rather generic fantasy movie that bombed at the box office where fleshing out the story would have helped it out more.   The actors are OK in their roles with the material given them.   I just wonder why all dark witches can turn into dragons and the whole Master Gregory subplot into his past is underdeveloped (other than he was once in love with Mother Malik and all his previous apprentices have died (with the last one you see getting killed).  You should just rent it and not buy it because you may just forget about SEVENTH SON after you watch it.  You may want to track down the novel (THE LAST APPRENTICE) which the movie is loosely based on and if they followed the book, they might have been able to tap into the HARRY POTTER audience.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

I wish they kept the alternate ending in the movie while the 16 deleted and alternate scenes (almost 27 minutes total) include some material they should have left in and other scenes where they were trying to decide how to play certain scenes. You will only find the alternate ending and deleted/ alternate scenes on blu-ray.

 

THE MAKING OF SEVENTH SON:

DEFENDERS OF GOOD- a featurette on the good guys of SEVENTH SON

RESURRECTING THE WICKED- a look at the various villains of SEVENTH SON

FORGING A MEDIEVAL REALM (blu-ray only)- production design of three important sets in the movie

 

THE LEGEND AND LORE OR THE SEVENTH SON- looking at the various legends around seventh son in the real world

 

VISUAL EFFECTS GALLERY that shows breakdowns from four sequences in he film.

 

Also included in this set is the movie in standard definition on DVD and a code to download and/ or stream a digital Ultraviolet copy of SEVENTH SON

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  SVEENTH SON is a underdeveloped generic fantasy movie which you should rent and maybe go read the book it is loosely based on.

 

This review is 5-29-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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