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Seven Days In May Blu-ray Review

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“Seven Days In May” should be more well known.

Based on the bestselling novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II, 1964’s “Seven Days In May” is a political thriller set amidst a time in which the President (President Lyman) has signed a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia. This doesn’t sit well with critics that don’t trust Russia including the Chariman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Scott. Things become even more tense when Colonel Jiggs uncovers a dangerous plot against the President. What that plot is, I will not say.

Looking at the credits of this movie, it’s hard not be impressed. John Frankenheimer (best known for “The Manchurian Candidate”) directs, Rod Serling (“The Twilight Zone”) drafted the script, Jerry Goldsmith (too many credits to name) crafted the score, and legendary actors Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner and Frederic March star. As it turns out, everyone is on their A game here. Why this movie is not more well known, I do not know. It’s an underrated thriller about political unrest, paranoia, treason, and democracy. Is it a bit outlandish? Sure, but I’m willing to overlook some of the absurdities since it’s such a well scripted story that gets more intense as the minutes tick by. I could go into more detail about what happens here, but seeing how it unfolds is part of what makes the film work as well as it does.

Going back to the cast, since the movie is largely an intimate (dare I say claustrophobic) character piece with suits talking in a room, it should come as no surprise that this movie perfectly showcases the cast. Lancaster shines as the shady General, Frederic March looks and feels Presidential in every frame, Kirk Douglas is his usual terrific self, and Ava Gardner shines in a small but important role. Keep your eyes peeled for memorable supporting roles by the likes of Martin Balsam and Andrew Duggan as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A crisp B&W transfer for a beautifully shot movie.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It may be a Mono track, but it certainly does the job here.

Extras: * “Seven Days In May” trailer * A very insightful solo commentary by John Frankenheimer

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June 18, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. One of my favorites.

    Comment by Dave Anderson | June 18, 2018 | Reply


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