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Director: Sam Peckinpah     Starring: William Holden Ernest Borgnine
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202048263
UPC: 012569705937
UPC 14: 00012569705937
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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.

"An American masterpiece.  Chicago Tribune
"Rivetingly realistic...marvelously scripted.  George Powell, San Francisco Examiner
"...world class, an authentic American classic.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...one of the great defining moments of modern movies.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's 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.

Features
Video Features 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
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/23/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 145 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1969
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 70593
Video UPC UPC: 00012569705937
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Albert Dekker
Video Cast Info Benm Johnson
Video Cast Info Edmond O'Brien
Video Cast Info Ernest Borgnine
Video Cast Info L.Q. Jones
Video Cast Info Robert Ryan
Video Cast Info Strother Martin
Video Cast Info Warren Oates
Video Cast Info William Holden
Video Cast Info Jerry Fielding - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Lucien Ballard - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Phil Feldman - Producer
Video Cast Info Sam Peckinpah - Director
Video Cast Info Sam Peckinpah, et al. - Screenplay
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1970)
   Video Award Name Jerry Fielding, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score For A (Non-Musical) Motion Picture
   Video Award Name San Peckinpah, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Story And Screenplay Not Previously Published

Professional Reviews

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

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

Entertainment Weekly
"[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

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 10 of 10
...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.

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Holden,William
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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