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MAJOR DUNDEE (1965) (import)

4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No great revelation, but a fine restoration 12 Oct 2008
In its restored form, Major Dundee is really neither better nor worse than it was before: but since it was always a pretty good and always interesting epic failure, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The structural flaws are still there, with the additions more filling in details than adding insight or filling holes, but its still an interesting take on flawed men trying to find some kind of personal vindication in an illegal incursion into a foreign country (Mexico at a time when it was flooded with French troops and renegade Apaches) while their own country is caught up in a bloody civil war of its own. Where most Civil War films opt for either tragedy or a sense of a nation healing itself, this picks at the scabs instead, offering inadequate men barely able to believe in their own delusions any more but still determined to follow them through to the bloody end. And this being Peckinpah, even in 1965, there is plenty of blood and grit on offer - it's a sweaty, dirty looking movie that's under no romantic illusions (well, aside from Richard Harris' tendency to overdo the eyeliner). Unlike The Wild Bunch, it's not a film that gets better every time you see it, but it's still pretty impressive.

The new score, the thing that worried me most about this restoration, is also quite impressive, for the most part pastiching a 60s score convincingly enough for it not to seem out of place. That said, there is something disappointing in the striving but unfulfilled main title: it matches the character perfectly (Dundee is constantly revealed as a very hollow man), but the lack of musical resolution is somewhat unsatisfying. Still, it's certainly less grating for most viewers than Daniel Amfitheatrof's original score or Mitch Miller and his Singalong Gang's jaunty can't-get-it-out-of-your-head-dammit title number, Fall in Behind the Major.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD SOLID WESTERN 1 Dec 2013
By Trajan
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Charlton Heston and Richard Harris, are on top form in this well done western with a good supporting cast, good production values and music score. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Piece of cake? 6 Dec 2009
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The plot is reasonable but the character. as played by Heston, is not really convincing and lacks the intensity and commitment that I believe the role called for.To say that Heston is "wooden" is perhaps overstating the case. I don't believe Harris was at his best either- both actors giving the impression of "another day at the office to earn a crust"
The action was not as well staged as it could have been and the concluding action was bordering on the ludicrous without the "fun" that Arnie gives wiping out entire armies.
Not terrible - but won't set you alight either
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER MAJOR PLAYER OF THE WESTERN GENRE. 18 Oct 2009
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this is a very good western with a great cast about a battalion of calvary troop sent after maruading indians who are on the rampage . when they finally catch up with them they find themselves in mexico which brings further confict . add it to your collection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dundee restored 11 Sep 2009
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The studio travesty has been reversed as far as is possible to reflect Sam Peckinpah's vision. The film is still flawed but this version with extended added scenes and a new soundtrack seems refreshingly new, after all these years. The only version to buy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Dundee 8 Aug 2008
By Alan H
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I have a region 1 version of this film and it last 136 minutes. I have never tried to read between the lines on any film, it should be about enjoyment rather than how good the director is or how the character's are defined.

If you enjoy a good western then you will probably enjoy this one, excellent performances from Harris and Heston, with good support from Coburn, a reasonable plot and the usual femalle interest.

A film I have watched many times and have always enjoyed.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butchered by the Producers in 1965 3 July 2008
An epic classic that could have been starring the cream of Hollywood. Major Dundee was hampered by studio tampering and conflicts that arose between Peckinpah and his movie producers. The final product looks like the bits and pieces of what might have been a fascinating film.

When the film went over schedule and budget, the Columbia executives took the film away from Peckinpah and handed it over to a team of their own editors. They evidently cut a good portion of the film in order to give a shorter running time (which would allow for more screenings per day). In order to cover some of the gaping holes in the plotline, the character of the company bugler became the narrator of the story in an attempt to tie up many of the loose ends.

The biggest fault in the film is that the character of Dundee is never well defined. It's difficult to grasp the motive for his obsessive pursuit of Charriba. It also looks as if the studio took a film which was intended as a character study and tried to reshape it into a straightforward action film.

Peckinpah was blackballed in Hollywood following his personal clashes with the producers of the film. It is very apparent, though, that he used many of the elements from this film and carried them over into his triumphant return in The Wild Bunch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor rehaul of a Major Dundee 26 April 2012
By Josh
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This 'restored' version of Major Dundee is a sensitive creation of what this film should perhaps originally have been. Though it doesn't amount to much more than a less grating theme tune, which is maybe no small thing if your not a fan of the 'Fall in behind the Major ...' song in the earlier version. The film has problems with the plot, maybe some of the acting, but it is dramatic and exciting, and possibly more interesting for its difficulties. Yet it is a great film, certainly with a great cast, and well worth a look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended.
Major Dundee could have been a very good movie. The loosely historically based story, the wonderful scenic shots and the all round quality of acting by the principals are let down... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Speedygee
4.0 out of 5 stars Major Dundee
A great film with Richard Harris and many others, and on DVD you can watch it so many times.
Happy watching Keith
Published 8 months ago by Pjm Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Dundee blu-ray
Very sentimental purchase for me,Major Dundee is a totally underrated/undervalued western classic.
This blu-ray is expensive,but well worth it,the picture quality is A HUGE... Read more
Published 9 months ago by mr david cairns
4.0 out of 5 stars What could have been gives way to an enjoyable curio piece.
Originally intended as a searing epic by director Sam Peckinpah, Major Dundee was taken away from his guiding hands post production and edited into an almost incoherent mess. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This was one of the first movies that I saw in a movie theatre, way back in the sixties, and this remastered copy was thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 13 months ago by John MacGregor
2.0 out of 5 stars Major Dundee, special extended edition
I found this film long and drawn out, not as exciting as I would have liked. Very disappointing. I won't recommend it to anyone
Published 15 months ago by Mrs B STEWART
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Bought as a gift. Easy to find on amazon despite it being an old film. Arrived quickly in the post.
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by ramgib
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this restored version of Major Dundee
More footage and a new soundtrack. It doesn't fill many of the holes in the original, so if you already own the old version you don't need to buy this version. Read more
Published on 9 April 2010 by Rs Perez Tattam
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