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Directed by Philip D'Antoni
USA 1973

This fast-paced thriller from the producer of Bullitt and The French Connection stars Roy Scheider (Jaws, Last Embrace) as tough New York City cop Buddy Manucci. Manucci leads 'The Seven-Ups', an elite squad of undercover detectives known for their ruthlessly efficient tactics and their record of putting away criminals for a minimum of seven years. But when the group's integrity is called into question after being linked with a mob-related kidnapping, it is up to Manucci to hunt the real culprits and restore the reputation of his squad.

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This was the only directorial effort of Philip D'Antoni, producer of the action classic Bullitt (1968). Roy Scheider stars as Buddy Manucci, a New York City Police Department investigator running a task force charged with taking down criminals guilty of offenses that would get them a minimum sentence of seven years in prison upon conviction. Manucci's best street informant is Vito Lucia (Tony Lo Bianco), who double-crosses Manucci by using the lawman's secret list of Mob loan sharks to kidnap the crooks on the list and hold them for ransom. When the scheme results in the death of Ansel (Ken Kercheval), one of Manucci's men, the tough cop and his team, including Barilli (Victor Arnold) and Mingo (Jerry Leon), wage war on the city's underworld. As they bend the law in whatever violent shape they see fit in order to track Lucia down, grisly deaths and a heart-stopping highway car chase along the Hudson River ensue.

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Theatrical Release: December 14th, 1973

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Comparison:

20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

1) 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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The Classic Crime Collection - Street Justice DVD set includes Murder Inc., The French Connection, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The Seven-Ups
Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Koch Media
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Signal One
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:43:12  1:43:17.232   1:43:27.743 
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,543,217,073 bytes

Feature: 23,458,271,232 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,661,782,952 bytes

Feature: 30,310,687,104 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.74 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Koch Media Blu-ray:

Bitrate: Signal One Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono),. DUBs: French (Mono), Spanish (mono) 

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 863 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 863 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 858 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 858 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Behind the Scenes Featurette: Anatomy of a Chase (7:50)
• Theatrical Teaser and Theatrical Trailer 

NOTE: a 1.33 pan and scan version is on the opposite side of the DVD

DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2006

Keep Case (even in Crime Collection Boxset)
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Koch Media

Aspect Ratio: 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,543,217,073 bytes

Feature: 23,458,271,232 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Making of (7:57)
• German Trailer (1:55)

• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:12)

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Blu-ray Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Signal One

Aspect Ratio: 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,661,782,952 bytes

Feature: 30,310,687,104 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.74 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary with writer and film expert Richard Harland Smith
• Philip D'Antoni Introduction (2016 - 0:10)
• The Seven-Ups Connection (2016 - 21:32): new interview with director Philip D'Antoni
• A Tony Lo Bianco Type (2016 - 18:09): new interview with actor Tony Lo Bianco
• Real to Reel (2016 - 24:50): new interview with technical adviser Randy Jurgensen
• Cut to the Chase (2016 - 13:53): new documentary on the film's iconic car chase
• The Anatomy of a Chase (1973 - 8:20): vintage behind-the-scenes documentary
• Super 8 version (1973 - 16:44): original cut-down home cinema presentation
• Randy Jurgensen's Scrapbook (2:58)
• Lobby cards and stills gallery (2:10)
• Original theatrical teaser (1:09)
• Original theatrical trailer (2:18)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 27th, 2016
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: European - Region 'B' Blu-rays June 2016': Obviously the Signal One is the package to get - dual-layered with the much higher (max'ed out) bitrate than the German BD. This shows up in richer, darker visuals, slightly warmer skin tones and superior texture and grain support. The Koch may also be stretched horizontally a bit. Either way - no contest.

Signal One go with a linear PCM in the original mono - in 24-bit (to the German DTS-HD master 16-bit) it also deserves the nod as the best. Both Blu-rays offer optional English subtitles (SDH on the UK.)

Supplements also go the way of the Signal One Blu-ray with Criterion-level extras including an excellent new commentary by writer and film expert Richard Harland Smith and over 1 1/4 hour's worth of new interviews with director Philip D'Antoni, actor Tony Lo Bianco, technical adviser Randy Jurgensen, a brief introduction and a new documentary on the film's iconic car chase. Wow! These also include the vintage making of..., the, 17-minute, Super 8 version cut down to one reel so home viewers could enjoy a 'digest' version of the film, trailers, lobby cards etc..

So Signal One impress with the definitive release of The Seven-Ups on Blu-ray. Amazing job of a gritty 70's crime film - bravo Signal One - keep'em coming!

 

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ON THE DVD (May 2006): Considering this is only a single layered DVD (meaning both ratio formats could have been put on the same side), the DVD image looks quite good. There is a bit of digital noise but overall the appearance is quite strong with no prevalent damage and acceptable sharpness and contrast. Both mono and stereo audio formats are clean and consistent. I'm a bit surprised that Fox is still offering the 1.33 version on the opposite side of the DVD these days and luckily I looked to see some unique Special Features depending on the side. All kind of strange DVD authorship if you ask me. The featurette, on the widescreen side, has very poor video quality and at less than 8 minutes doesn't offer too much.

Perhaps one of the lesser films of the boxset its a fine choice for addition. Roy Scheider does a good job and it is filled with 70's nostalgia. 

Gary W. Tooze

 





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2) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

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1) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

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1) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Signal One - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Box Cover

   

   

   

  

The Classic Crime Collection - Street Justice DVD set includes Murder Inc., The French Connection, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The Seven-Ups
Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC Koch Media
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Signal One
Region 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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