Wild Bunch (Blu-ray)

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on 11/12/2011

Sam Peckinpah's classic western finally got the treatment deserving of it with this special Edition DVD. For years all that was available was a disappointing movie only version of the film that you had to flip over to see the whole thing. Thankfully, this one was given the dual layer treatment and you're able to watch the whole thing with out issue, plus the improved transfer makes the film a little easier to watch, while at the same time maintaining the gritty feel of Peckinpah's original vision. As far as the features are concerned, there's a pretty good catch of them. The commentary is quite insightful, and the three documentaries including Sam Peckinpah's West done by the western channel a couple of years ago, give more insight into the film and Peckinpah himself. A must have for movie lovers of all kinds, as well as one of the last truly great westerns ever made.

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Classic Western

on 5/25/2012

The Wild Bunch is everything most westerns want to be when they grow up. Great story and characters, superb casting, and one of the better examples of cinematography in a gritty format. If you're put off by the genre or graphic violence on film, don't even bother. But if you're in the mood for a good action movie with a once-in-a-lifetime cast, then this one's for you. A classic by any standard.

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Product Overview

Allied officers and a german tank commander have a tactical showdown in the ardennes forest, december 1944.

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Studio Warner
SKU 205069089
UPC 085391142669
UPC 14 00085391142669
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/26/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Edmond O'Brien - Actor
Edward Carrere - Art Director
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
Jerry Fielding - Original Music By
Lou Lombardo - Editor
Lucien Ballard - Cinematographer
Phil Feldman - Producer
Robert Ryan - Actor
Roy N. Sickner - Producer
Roy N. Sickner - Based On Story By
Sam Peckinpah - Director
Sam Peckinpah - Screenplay
Walon Green - Screenplay
William Holden - Actor
Awards
Nominee (1970) Oscar, Jerry Fielding, Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical),Oscar, San Peckinpah, et. al., Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced
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Review "Violence comes in many shapes, sizes, and forms. Twenty-six years ago, when Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch was first released, it caused a stir because of its gritty, uncompromising style. The deaths in this film are neither sterile nor heroic. When a gun is fired, the result is inevitably messy. In many ways, especially in its determination not to glorify bloodshed, The Wild Bunch shares key themes with Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven -- only this film came twenty-three years earlier. A classic in its original theatrical cut, The Wild Bunch is nevertheless improved with eleven minutes of footage restored...For anyone who doubts the importance of The Wild Bunch, this new version is recommended viewing -- 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."
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review "The Wild Bunch became famous for its outsized violence (in one of the DVD's accompanying documentaries, wardrobe supervisor Gordon Dawson notes that it took 12 days to film the climactic shootout, and that while there were 350 uniforms for extras, ""6,000 [were] blown up,"" necessitating a near assembly line of costume repairs), but it is about so much more than a high body count. This is one of the best of the revisionist Westerns. There is no romanticism here, instead it perfectly illustrates the ""chaos, hostility, and murder"" that Werner Herzog so eloquently ascribes to the world in his recent documentary Grizzly Man...Yet, even in this harsh environment, friendship and loyalty somehow survive -- even though people do not always act on it, and when they do, the price paid for it can be high...The Wild Bunch begins and ends in carnage, but what starts out as pure nihilism takes on the air of self-sacrifice by its final act."
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Chicago Tribune An American masterpiece.
George Powell, San Francisco Examiner Rivetingly realistic...marvelously scripted.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town ...a landmark Western and a good, thoughtful, rousing adventure besides.
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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