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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT323-BR

THE SEVEN-UPS (1973) (SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Larry Haines, Richard Lynch, Ken Kercheval, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon
Directed By:  Philip D'Antoni
Composed By:  Don Ellis

“The excitement is well-handled, usually as a result of [Bill] Hickman’s amazing skill at setting up car chases and spectacular bits of action.”
– Time Out London

“A gritty police thriller…the ideal entertainment.”
– Graeme Clark, The Spinning Image

In the mode of The French Connection, The Seven-Ups (1973) is directed by the former film’s producer, Philip D’Antoni, and stars Roy Scheider as the leader of a crack squad of NYPD detectives bent on busting culprits whose offenses guarantee seven years or up in prison. The cops are nearly as out of line as the crooks, a dangerous bunch of miscreants connected to the mob. Featuring one of the most famous cinematic car chases ever, designed by the great Bill Hickman (The French Connection, Bullitt).

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1:85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1973 / Color
103 MINUTES
RATED PG

Special Features: Isolated Music Track of the Don Ellis Film Score / Isolated Music Track of the Unused Johnny Mandel Score / Audio Commentary with Film Historian Richard Harland Smith / Introduction by Director-Producer Philip D’Antoni / The Seven-Ups Connection / A Tony Lo Bianco Type / Real to Reel / Cut to the Chase / Anatomy of a Chase: Behind the Scenes of the Filming of The Seven-Ups / Randy Jurgensen’s Scrapbook / Super 8 Version / Lobby Cards, Stills and Media Gallery / Original Theatrical Trailers

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Joseph Lambias on April 1, 2018 6:36 PM
This is a terrific disc. Always a personal favorite of mine, it's great to finally see this film getting the respect it's always deserved. Fully loaded with featurettes,interviews,and a great commentary. Plus a beautiful HD transfer. This is destined to be one of the top Blu rays of 2018. If you're a fan of this film, I can't recommend it highly enough. The best Twilight Time disc I've gotten so far. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Mark Turner on May 31, 2018 5:01 PM
The seventies provided movie fans with some of the most amazing films ever made. They also gave us a depiction of New York City as a place that had its charms but also seemed to have more than its fair share of crime at the same time. Movies like SERPICO, SHAFT, PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK, TAXI DRIVER, REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER and THE FRENCH CONNECTION all showed us that underbelly of the city that never sleeps. After the success of that last film the call was out for more like it.

Producer Philip D’Antoni fresh of not only that film but BULLITT as well was approached to do the sequel but turned it down. Instead he decided to step into the director’s chair and make a similar movie using some of the same source material. Using information and technical support from Sonny Grosso (who had done some of the same on THE FRENCH CONNECTION and who the character Buddy Russo in that film was based on) D’Antoni made THE SEVEN-UPS. It was the only film he ever directed and that’s a loss to film goers.

Roy Scheider is Buddy Manucci, the head of an elite team in the NYPD known as the seven-ups because of the high arrest record they have for criminals resulting in their prison terms being 7 years long or over. The group uses offbeat tactics and methods to make their arrest stick and are known to be incorruptible. The opening segment of the store in which they catch a group of counterfeiters displays this.

Buddy and his team use various informants to get information helping them proceed with their cases. In Buddy’s case he depends mostly one information provided to him by Vito Lucia (Tony Lo Bianco), a boyhood friend and low level hoodlum. Using the information Buddy and his team take down criminals that might be an issue for Vito but at the same time help with their arrest record. Vito assures Buddy he’s not involved in anything but numbers but as the movie progresses we learn different.

A new case lands in the teams lap as various mob bosses begin getting kidnapped and held for ransom. A pair of men appear claiming to be police officers before they abduct the unknowing bosses. Unwilling to go to the police for help, the mob bosses take matters into their own hands. As the team begins looking into a loan sharking operation it brings this case to their doorstep as well.

It’s revealed who the man behind it all is as he tries to shut down the kidnapping operation only to have the two killers he’s hired carry on behind his back. Bits and pieces of information cross between the two groups and along the way one of Buddy’s team is killed. The case has now become personal. Buddy will stop at nothing to take down these men.

The film shares two things with D’Antoni’s previous film. The first is that it stars Roy Scheider in the main role. The second is its depiction of NYC. The streets are dirty, the trash needs picked up and everything has a gray pallor to it. This is not a city anyone would choose to live in unless you were born there and developed a taste for it.

The film also gives us a depiction of criminals as they really are instead of the high glossed, sharp dressed mobsters or stupid thugs seen in the past. These criminals look like normal guys, act like criminals and go about their day to day routine as if they were businessmen. For them this is a business and they treat it as such. The glamor we saw depicted in films like THE GODFATHER is not seen here.

The action sequences stand out in the film, in particular the car chase. In both of the films D’Antoni was associated with prior the car chases had set the standard for the industry. Not to be outdone the car chase here is equal to those with a much more startling ending to the chase. That no one was killed is miraculous.

Scheider was just hitting his stride with the release of this film. Having just finished lead roles in both THE FRENCH CONNECTION and KLUTE this was his first time out as the major lead. It was his face on the posters in theaters. It was a step in the right direction showcasing his ability to give a top performance with whatever came his way. Two years later and he was featured in a little film you may have heard of called JAWS, cementing him in leading man status.

I say this with all of their releases but the fact is it’s true. Twilight Time has offered this film in the best quality presentation found to date with a hi-def 1080p release. And while they normally don’t offer a lot in the way of extras that’s not the case this time around. Extras here include and isolated music track of the Don Ellis score (the same composter behind the score of THE FRENCH CONNECTION), an isolated music track of the unused score by Johnny Mandel, an audio commentary track with film historian Richard Harlan Smith, an introduction by D’Antoni, THE SEVEN-UPS CONNECTION featurette, A REAL TONY LO BIANCO featurette, REAL TO REEL, CUT TO THE CHASE, ANATOMY OF A CHASE: BEHIND THE SCENES FILMING OF THE SEVEN-UPS, RANDY JURGENSEN’S SCRAPBOOK, SUPER 8 VERSION, lobby cards/still/media gallery and the original theatrical trailers.

Here again as with all Twilight Time offerings the film is limited to just 3,000 copies so if you’re interested order today. Fans of 70s NYC films and cop flicks in particular will want to make sure this film, and this version in particular, are in their collections.

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