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The Wild Bunch (Two-Disc Special Edition, Original Director's Cut)

William Holden , Ernest Borgnine , Sam Peckinpah    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Here's how director Sam Peckinpah described his motivation behind The Wild Bunch at the time of the film's 1969 release: "I was trying to tell a simple story about bad men in changing times. The Wild Bunch is simply what happens when killers go to Mexico. The strange thing is you feel a great sense of loss when these killers reach the end of the line." All of these statements are true, but they don't begin to cover the impact that Peckinpah's film had on the evolution of American movies. Now the film is most widely recognized as a milestone event in the escalation of screen violence, but that's a label of limited perspective. Of course, Peckinpah's bloody climactic gunfight became a masterfully directed, photographed, and edited ballet of graphic violence that transcended the conventional Western and moved into a slow-motion realm of pure cinematic intensity. But the film--surely one of the greatest Westerns ever made--is also a richly thematic tale of, as Peckinpah said, "bad men in changing times." The year is 1913 and the fading band of thieves known as the Wild Bunch (led by William Holden as Pike) decide to pull one last job before retirement. But an ambush foils their plans, and Peckinpah's film becomes an epic yet intimate tale of betrayed loyalties, tenacious rivalry, and the bunch's dogged determination to maintain their fading code of honor among thieves. The 144-minute director's cut enhances the theme of male bonding that recurs in many of Peckinpah's films, restoring deleted scenes to deepen the viewer's understanding of the friendship turned rivalry between Pike and his former friend Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan), who now leads a posse in pursuit of the bunch, a dimension that adds resonance to an already classic American film. The Wild Bunch is a masterpiece that should not be defined strictly in terms of its violence, but as a story of mythic proportion, brimming with rich characters and dialogue and the bittersweet irony of outlaw traditions on the wane. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

Paul Seydor's excellent Oscar-nominated documentary short from 1996, The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, is included on the 30th Anniversary video. Seydor--a noted film historian and editor, as well as the author of Peckinpah: The Western Films--A Reconsideration--used previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage as the basis for this expertly crafted short. The silent, black and white film is accompanied by reminiscences from principal members of Peckinpah's cast and crew, in addition to voice-over quotations from the late director himself (as read by actor Ed Harris). Filled with anecdotes about the production and Peckinpah's inspired use of improvisation (including the film's climactic scene known as "the long walk"), this 34-minute film offers a rare glimpse of Peckinpah's creative process, his driven personality, and the technical challenges of creating the most infamous shootout in the history of film. Imagine a shortage of costumes and an excess of fake blood and bullet holes, and you'll gain a greater appreciation of The Wild Bunch and the effort that went into its creation. --Jeff Shannon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blu ray transfer of a classic!!!!! Sept. 1 2010
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As the title says, essentially the same as the SE but the video is awesome much bettern than the SE edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome To Watch Feb. 15 2014
By Ed Duplissie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is for the Blu Ray. Received the Blu Ray version for Christmas. I cannot believe how wonderful the movie looks. I've watched this movie at least a hundred times on VHS and DVD but watching it on Blu Ray is like watching it for the very first time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Symbolizes the end of the west very well March 12 2013
By Jay
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no good vs bad standard, this one allows you to see a different view of good and bad or worst. shows the end of the line for west. violence not excessive
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By Robert
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Friendship. Loyalty. One last ride. These are the words that come to mind when thinking about Sam Peckinpah's classic genre defining western. As heartbreaking and thought provoking as it is action packed, this is one Sam Peckinpah got right. Though I prefer one of his other westerns over this one (Ride The High Country) The Wild Bunch cannot be missed. Watch it. Seriously. Right now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic. June 11 2012
By nobody
A masterpiece by Sam Peckinpah. One of his classics and highly recommended if you've liked Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia and Straw Dogs 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray].
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best westerns of all-time July 15 2004
The Wild Bunch-Restored Director's Cut is one of the best westerns ever made and also one of the best movies ever. In 1913 during the Mexican Revolution, times are changing as the Old West disappears into oblivion. After a botched robbery in the town of Starbuck, the Wild Bunch, a gang of aging outlaws must decide what their next move is. The remaining members of the gang decide to head south into Mexico where their services may be needed. The bunch robs a gun shipment for a Mexican general, hoping this will be their last job. At the same time, a posse is hunting them down with a former gang member at the posse's head. While this movie is most well known for its violence, it is ultimately a story about honor among men in a changing time. Knowing that the world they knew is changing, the bunch has to try and survive as their end closes in. Nonetheless, director Sam Peckinpah knows how to construct an action sequence. The Battle of Bloody Porch is a balletic, slow-motion, masterpiece of blood and guts as the Wild Bunch meets their end. Just as good is their final march through the streets knowing what awaits them. One of the best westerns, if not the best, ever made and highly recommended.
What makes this movie special, along with the groundbreaking filmmaking of Sam Peckinpah, is the cast. The whole cast gives excellent performances. William Holden stars as Pike Bishop, the leader of the Wild Bunch who knows time is running out for the bunch. His right hand man, Dutch Engstrom, is played by Ernest Borgnine in a perfect part for him. Robert Ryan plays Deke Thornton, a former member of the Wild Bunch and the unwilling leader of the posses following the gang.
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Technically some western movie fans do not consider it a western since it happened at the very tail end of what is known as the Cowboy genre. but anyways Sam creates a great western movie not only with great characterizaton but also great action(especially the ending)....Very Highly recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best western of all time... Jan. 20 2008
tied with The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Two totally different movies but its impossible to distinguish which one is better. Peckinpah had enough guts to put what should be the climatic shootout right at the start of the movie, and not only that, he topped it with the shootout at the end. This is probably one of the last great westerns and what I like about that is that its about the end of the wild west. The outlaws in the movie are getting older and they clash with the times. A great ensemble but the criminally underrated William Holden steals every scene that he's in, just the look in his eyes when he says the final "let's go" is more perfect than any five minute speech a character like that would normally make in a lesser film. I've recommended this film to several non-believers (either people who hate westerns or people who think the Good, the Bad and the Ugly can't be topped) and they've all been won over with flying colours.
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