Wild Bunch:special Edition

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A little disappointing

on 6/15/2007

Western is a genre that I like and usually I am not disappointed. But this one was somehow not much to my liking and I could not get to what was there that I did not like.

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By any standard, director Sam Peckinpah's film The Wild Bunch, a powerful tale of hang-dog desperadoes bound by a code of honor, rates as one of the all-time greatest Westerns, perhaps one of the greatest of all films. This Original Director's Cut restores it to a complete pristine condition unseen since its July 1969 theatrical debut. Watch William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan and more great stars saddle up for the roles of a lifetime.


Studio Warner
SKU 202048263
UPC 012569705937
UPC 14 00012569705937
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note As a counterpoint to the heroic horde of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, the aging gunmen of Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece break the very laws of honor which bind them in this bloody and meditative tale of the American West--widely considered to be the self-conscious nail in the coffin of the genre. William Holden, Robert Ryan, and Ernest Borgnine star as the leaders of a grizzled crew of Texan bandits who ride to Mexico, where, one by one, they are unceremoniously slaughtered by a Mexican revolutionary.^The western, a genre steeped in legend and the concept of loyalty, was a dying breed when Sam Peckinpah unleashed this amoral and violent opus. Along with BONNIE AND CLYDE, it ushered in a new breed of Hollywood film, depicting a harsh reality where lines between right and wrong became blurred. Peckinpah brilliantly used aging Western stars such as Ryan and Holden to convey this passing of the cinematic torch. The film brought issues of violence and morality in movies to the forefront of American film criticism. Instead of appreciating the film as a critique of brutal violence, many critics responded by rejecting what they saw as a superfluous spectacle of dead bodies.
Plot Summary
Summary Pike Bishop is the leader of a small clan of outlaws confronting the closing American frontier. The year is 1913, and the prairie crew, disguised as US soldiers, ride into a dusty Texas town and rob the railway office. A bloodbath ensues with innocent people caught in the crossfire. The gang leaves town but the railroad boss' hired gunmen pursue them. | |Escaping to Mexico, the posse joins forces with the merciless anti-revolutionary dictator Mapache, agreeing to hijack a US ammunitions train. When Mapache double-crosses them and tortures youngest group member Angel upon discovering he's a revolutionary, the gang is caught between bounty hunters and Mapache's troops.
USA Today "...There's never been a greater movie about loyalty among men than this..." 03/07/1995 p.4D
Entertainment Weekly "...Engrossing entertainment." -- Rating: B 08/18/1995 p.65,"[A] flawless masterpiece....Peckinpah refined the use of slo-mo violence and graphic bloodshed here, but the deeper artistry was how such actions revealed character..." 01/20/2006 p.54
Variety "...Virtually every character in THE WILD BUNCH is a fully fleshed-out, complex portrait of humanity....It's a tale that is just as important and pertinent as ever..." 02/27/1995
Chicago Sun-Times "..It represents its set of sad, empty values with real poetry....Seeing this restored version is like understanding the film at last..." 03/17/1995 p.33
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's not light, it's not trivial: it hits you hard, and leaves a lasting impression..." 07/01/2006 p.112
Empire "Vital, visionary and very, very violent....That it still seems relevant after 40 years is testament to its uncompromising power." 03/01/2008 144-145
Sam Peckinpah
William Holden
Ernest Borgnine
Cast & Crew
Albert Dekker - Actor
Benm Johnson - Actor
Edmond O'Brien - Actor
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
Jerry Fielding - Musical Score
L.Q. Jones - Actor
Lucien Ballard - Director of Photography
Phil Feldman - Producer
Robert Ryan - Actor
Sam Peckinpah - Director
Sam Peckinpah, et al. - Screenplay
Strother Martin - Actor
Warren Oates - Actor
William Holden - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1969
Catalog ID 70593
UPC 00012569705937
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 145 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1970) Jerry Fielding, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score For A (Non-Musical) Motion Picture,San Peckinpah, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Story And Screenplay Not Previously Published
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review ...an opportunity to witness a style that has influenced film makers from Scorsese to Tarantino. Not only does The Wild Bunch illustrate Peckinpah's mastery of his medium, but it presents a story that is effective on nearly every level: the emotional, the visual, and the visceral. There aren't many epic motion pictures of this scope these days, so it's a rare treat to look back more than two decades and see something on the big screen that is as potent and relevant today as when it was first released.
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Digital Stereo, Commentary, Trailer Gallery, Outtakes, Documentaries, Additional Scenes, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Holden,William
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
Chicago Tribune An American masterpiece.
George Powell, San Francisco Examiner Rivetingly realistic...marvelously scripted.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...world class, an authentic American classic.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...one of the great defining moments of modern movies.

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