The Wild Bunch (Original Director's Cut Special Edition) (2-DVD) R

Unchanged men in a changing land
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: January 10, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 English, French
    • Stereo 2S English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1970 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Jerry Fielding

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

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Total Count: 58

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 34,162
There is an unpleasant feeling of expense, of enormous amounts of money being spent, tons of footage being shot in order to get one slow-motion instant that will stamp home Peckinpah's obsessive theme Full Review
Artforum
Jun 18, 2019
My favorite western because of the staunch code of loyalty and ethics employed by men outside the law, and for the amazing mingling of eras - the Mexican civil war, Germans and early airplanes are all factors in small but haunting ways. Full Review
Cambridge Day
May 24, 2019
It's a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya's. Full Review
New Yorker
Mar 28, 2016
Underneath the movie, which is set on the eve of World War I, there's an elegiac plangency that stays with you long after the shocks have worn off...The Wild Bunch still won't go down easy. Full Review
Newsweek
Feb 20, 2018
[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...
Entertainment Weekly
Jan 20, 2006
Rating: 2/5 -- Extremely violent '60s Western with drinking and sex. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Mar 28, 2017
Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage. Full Review
Village Voice
Apr 29, 2013

Product Description:

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 Synopsis:

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.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: 1969
  • THE WILD BUNCH was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.
  • Peckinpah had a response for those who decried the film's violence: "Well, killing a man isn't clean and quick and simple--it's bloody and awful. And maybe if enough people come to realize that shooting somebody isn't just fun and games, maybe we'll get somewhere."
  • The original Peckinpah cut ran 152 minutes. For practical reasons he cut the theatrically released print to 144 minutes. Producer Phil Feldman was responsible for creating a 35mm wide-screen print that was 134 minutes. Another shorter version, distributed in Europe was 127 minutes, in 70mm film, and allegedly contained sequences never included as part of the American product.
  • Emilio Fernandez, who played Mapache, was one of Mexico's foremost actors and directors. Interestingly, in some of his most famous Mexican films, such as ENAMORADA, Fernandez was cast as the revolutionary hero--the complete opposite of his role in THE WILD BUNCH.
  • Alfonso Arau, who directed the Mexican love story LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, made his American acting debut as the bandito Herrera.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 31,491
  • UPC: 012569705937
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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