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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Genre: Western

Year: 1998-2000

Seasons: 2, with 23 episodes

Cast: Michael Biehn, Eric Close, Dale Midkiff, Ron Perlman, Andrew Kavovit, Antohony Starke, Rick Worthy



When an Indian village is threatened by ex-Confederate soldiers, several villagers head out to seek help. They recruit seven men, each with unique skills, who return to the village and take on the raiders. Following this, the men take up residence in a small town, making their skills available to those in need. (Source: imdb, written by Tom Campbell)



Out of all the few tv-series Michael has done in his career, this one fared best. But even in this case the production didn't go on without trouble as Mag7 was already cancelled after the first season. Later on it was saved by the huge following it had already gained. So these guys returned for another season but obviously Mag7 lacked the final touch to make it a long running series.

I'm not terribly fond of westerns but I did like Tombstone and Mag7 offered me exactly what I was expecting. Andventure, great humor from time to time and stories that had enough variety to keep me hooked. And take a look at the cast; very impressive for a tv-series.

 Michael proved me his capability to play western characters as the deadly outlaw Johnny Ringo in Tombstone and in Mag7 he gives a solid performance. I was actually hoping for a more relaxed and funny character (Something like Dale Midkiff's) but given Larabee's personality and backround, that wasn't possible. Instead Biehn gives Larabee a rather emotionally cold touch; You can't really be sure exactly how 'good' guy he is. It's a role that demands skills.


Distributor/Studio: MGM

Video: 1.33:1

Audio: english (Unspecified)

Subtitles: english

Special Features: -

For practical reasons I've decided to recommend this 5-disc package which includes both seasons in one box set. Earlier the seasons were released separately back in 2006 if my memory serves me right and they are also available separately in the UK. But in any case, it's a bare bones release with no extras. And I'm sure a lot of material was shot for the series. Now where's all that stuff?


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