The Wild Bunch [Blu-ray]

The Wild Bunch [Blu-ray]

Ernest Borgnine
The Wild Bunch [Blu-ray]

The Wild Bunch [Blu-ray]

Ernest Borgnine

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Overview

Sam Peckinpah's controversial revisionist Western takes place in Texas and Mexico in 1913, a transitional year when the Old West was giving way to the New West. The titular outlaw bunch, headed by ethical-in-his-fashion Pike (William Holden), continues staging violent bank robberies in their old, time-honored tradition. After a particularly brutal holdup in the town of San Rafael, the gang -- or what's left of it -- heads for the hills of Mexico, pursued by a posse led by Thornton (Robert Ryan), an old friend of Pike's. The gang discovers that the bank had been set up to be robbed by Thornton's railroad-executive boss Pat Harrigan (Albert Dekker), and that their booty consists of worthless metal washers. Meanwhile, the conscience-stricken Thornton seethes over Harrigan's scheme, which has cost too many innocent lives, but he is powerless to leave the railroad baron's employ lest he be sent back to jail. While hiding out in a Mexican village, the gang is engaged by corrupt general Emilio Fernandez to steal a huge shipment of guns from the U.S. Army. Like Thornton, Pike agrees against his will: his right-hand man Jaime Sanchez is being held hostage by Fernandez, who in turn is being manipulated by a pair of war-mongering German officers. More violence -- both justified and gratuitous -- follows, leading to a final blood-spattered confrontation between the Wild Bunch and 's posse. For many years, no one audience was privy to a "definitive" version of The Wild Bunch. Peckinpah's 144-minute director's cut was butchered by Warner Bros. after its first press showing (curiously, the studio removed not only the gorier scenes, but also several motivational sequences, rendering much of the film incomprehensible). The 1981 reissue was restored to 141 minutes, but it wasn't until the advent of home video that the complete version was once more made available. Once considered the last word in cinematic bloodletting, The Wild Bunch is a model of decorum compared to what was to follow.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
UPC: 0085391142669
Original Release: 1969
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 2:25:00
Sales rank: 8,724

Special Features

Commentary by Peckinpah Biographers/Documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle; Additonal Scenes; 3 Documentaries: Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade, 1996 Oscar Nominee The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, Excerpt From a Simple Adventure Story: Sam Peckinpah, Mexico and the Wild Bunch, a Documentary Film by Nick Redman; Peckinpah Movie Trailer Gallery.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Pike Bishop
Edmond O'Brien Sykes
Warren Oates Lyle Gorch
Jaime Sánchez Angel
Ben Johnson Tector Gorch
Emilio Fernández Mapache
Strother Martin Coffer
L.Q. Jones T.C.
Albert Dekker Pat Harrigan
Jorge Russek Lt. Zamorra
Alfonso Arau Herrera
Chano Urueta Don Jose
Sonia Amelio Teresa
Aurora Clavel Aurora
Elsa Cárdenas Elsa
Fernando Wagner German Army Officer
Paul Harper Ross
Constance White Actor
Lilia Richards Actor
Bill Hart Jess
Rayford Barnes Buck
Stephen Ferry Sgt. McHale
Enrique Lucero Ignacio
Elizabeth Dupeyrón Rocio,Juan
Yolanda Ponce Yolis
Pedro Galván Benson
Graciela Doring Emma
Ivan Scott Paymaster
Chalo González Gonzalez
Lilia Castillo Lilia
José Chávez Juan Jose
Jerry Fielding Composer
Emilio Fernandez Actor

Technical Credits
Ernest Borgnine Director
Warren Oates Director
Edmond O'Brien Director
Jaime Sánchez Director
Phil Feldman Director,Producer
Roy N. Sickner Producer,Screenwriter
Sam Peckinpah Screenwriter
Walon Green Screenwriter
Robert J. Miller Sound Effects
Stanley Martin Sound Effects
Billy Mauch Sound Effects
Jack Williams Stunts
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