"Seven" features Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as a pair of homicide detectives on a quest to solve a mysterious series of murders. Lt. Somerset (Freeman) is a burnt-out veteran cop on the brink of his retirement when he is teamed up with his replacement, an ambitious and fervent Brad Pitt as Detective David Mills. Two worlds collide as they struggle to accept each other even as a serial killer haunts the streets of this unnamed city, taking upon himself the burden of the Hand of God. He commits various creative punishments on people he feels exemplify the nature of the seven deadly sins. It takes all of the detectives’ experience and effort to track the bloody trail of John Doe (Kevin Spacey), who in turn enjoys toying with the cops, placing clues as part of his deadly vision.
"Seven" is presented only in a <$PS,letterboxed> format and unfortunately the movie has been split onto two sides of the DVD disc. New Line decided to take that step in order to avoid <$pixelation,pixelation> of the movie. Dark movies with such difficult lighting and contrast conditions present various pitfalls for the transfer process and in order to avoid compression artifacts, need arises to go hard on the compression. I am absolutely happy with New Line’s decision to give the customer the better picture as opposed to the somewhat secondary, increased comfort. Mind you, "Seven" is not a slick looking movie. It was never intended to be, and the DVD transfer faithfully sticks with the director’s intentions. Fincher even used a special silver retention process on the original film material to increase the overall contrast.
"Seven" is dubbed in English and French and also offers English, French and Spanish subtitles, all of which are selectable from the disc’s interactive menu..
Despite its shocking somberness and violent content, "Seven" is not overly graphic. The murders happen off-camera and all we see are the gruesome crime-scenes, with most of the details left to our own imagination. It is a brilliantly staged thriller with lots of suspense and an incredible climax, with more psychological thrills than gory visuals. Even though the theme about the Seven Deadly Sins is not exactly an original one and many of "Seven"’s elements are familiar from other movies, the script itself is clever and fast paced with enough twists to keep you surprised. "Seven" is simply as good as suspense cinema can get.