The Wild Bunch (Widescreen Director's Cut)
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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
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So not as grim and sad as some of the other movies of that time.Read more ›
The seventies again marked a time for a re-emergence of the ant-hero on his individualistic quest. his war against societal norms. The old cinematic pariah Sam Peckinpah paints once again a romantic portrait of the barbarism that engendered modern American culture.In this case bands of anti-heroes who have their outmoded value systems quashed by modern technology, physically and spiritually. Just as Peckinpah and many others were feeling in the seventies when youth culture had a spiritual awakening while railing against the military-industrial complex.
I am sure that Peckinpah really only wanted to make a great but grueling western film in the Samurai tradition where honour and code abound. Where great glorious bursts of blood take on its own character as an honorific. He has lead us instead down a highway where technology crushes barbarism only to be replaced by an ever more sophisticated and ruthless barbarism.
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.Read more ›
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A classic American western with a great cast. The director brought out drama, sorrow and comedy. All in this wonderful film.Published 2 days ago by Fred Conrad
Didn't think this would be so bloody for such a old film! Awesome.Published 13 months ago by JaCk_CaCk
I haven't seen it, but my boyfriend watches it quite often so it must be good! Classic Actors.Published 17 months ago by Lacey Clare
Wanted this for my collection. Was not disappointed in the product quality.Published 19 months ago by JAO
Having just read Ernie's biography, I saw this for $5, an Ernest Borgnine movie I had not seen before. I wish I had not. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris
This is for the Blu Ray. Received the Blu Ray version for Christmas. I cannot believe how wonderful the movie looks. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2014 by Ed Duplissie
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