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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Sevano's Seven")


Directed by Andy Sidaris
USA 1979

 

A cartel of seven crime bosses unionize and plan to take over the state of Hawaii. Government intelligence agent Drew Sevano (William Smith, Grave of the Vampire) is hired to “handle” the situation however he sees fit. Drew enlists seven old friends to help, creating Sevano’s Seven – the Playmate (Susan Kiger, H.O.T.S.), the Black-Belt (Ed Parker, Revenge of the Pink Panther), the Dragster (Christopher Joy, Big Time), the Cowboy (Guich Koock, North Dallas Forty), the Comic (Art Metrano, Police Academy 2), the Professor (Richard LePore, Stacey!) and the Indian (Barbara Leigh, Junior Bonner). Sevano’s Seven – death is their way of life. This cult classic was co-written, co-produced and directed by Andy Sidaris (Malibu Express, Hard Ticket to Hawaii) and co-starred Martin Kove (Steele Justice) and Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie’s).

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Cycle-flick veteran William Smith stars as the head of a highly trained US intelligence team, each with the requisite invaluable "special talent." Headquartered in Hawaii, the team aims its sights on a powerful crime syndicate. Since the syndicate's henchmen are all martial arts experts, a combination of brawn and brains will be required throughout. The title alludes to the seven mobsters who must be wiped out by Smith & company in order to collect their $7 million reward. One gag in Seven was later appropriated (unconsciously or otherwise) by Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Theatrical Release: September 1979

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:41:05.768    
Video

Disc Size: 22,181,511,152 bytes

Feature Size: 18,034,360,320 bytes

Average Bitrate: 20.66 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Disc Size: 22,181,511,152 bytes

Feature Size: 18,034,360,320 bytes

Average Bitrate: 20.66 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video   

Edition Details:

• Interview with Arlene Sidaris (11:45)
• Audio commentary by Steve Mitchell, producer-director of King Cohen, and film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:11)

Blu-ray Release Date: May 7th, 2018
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Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

This Kino Blu-ray is on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. This 1080P looks like a decent representation of a film that probably did not have good film-production stock pedigree. It definitely has the look of its time but colors - the Hawaii flora - are quite rich and vibrant - as are the use of reds and yellows. The presentation connotes a thick look and there are speckles but overall looks better than one might expect for this film - undoubtedly the best HD presentation it will get.

Kino go with a DTS-HD Master 2.0-channel mono track (16-bit) for the audio and it supports the film's effects that include explosions, gunfire, a helicopter, motorcycle chases and much more. There is no credited score and much of the background music is generic - Muzak-y feel - yet seems to work as the screen is always filled with kinetic energy... or boobs. There are no subtitles offered on the Region 'A' Blu-ray disc.

We get a very fun audio commentary by Steve Mitchell, producer-director of King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen, and film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson and they discuss director Sidaris, as well as being distracted - mainly by playmate Susan Kiger - and they seem to be genuinely enjoying the over-the-top style - citing it as Sidaris' attempt at Bond. They credit the non-stop action and the discussion has plenty to export. I thought it was as good as the film! There is also an interview with Arlene Sidaris, the producer for almost a dozen minutes and an original theatrical trailer and for 4 similar films as well.

 

This Kino Blu-ray offers this playfully over-the-top actioner and the commentary identifies some bona-fide areas to appreciate. It can be a challenge to follow the story except we know the good guys from the bad and it never stops moving forward. It's crime is a low budget but if you can forgive that - you can have an enjoyable viewing. The addition of the commentary makes this a recommendation!

 

Gary W. Tooze


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