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The Wild Bunch (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] [1969] [Region Free]

William Holden , Ernest Borgnine , Sam Peckinpah    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates
  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah
  • Producers: Phil Feldman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EM1E6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,450 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

The director's cut of the bloody, violent western from one of the masters of the genre, Sam Peckinpah. In 1913, a gang of outlaws (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Ryan, amongst others) ride into a Texan border town where the railroad office is their target. The robbery turns into a blood-bath so the gang flee to a desert hideout where they discover that their loot is worthless. With the railroad company's hired guns snapping at their heels, they decide to escape to the apparent safety of the Mexican revolutionaries.


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peckinpah's Masterpiece 26 Sep 2005
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is among the classic westerns, one which must be seen only in the 145-minute director's cut version to be fully appreciated. Yes, it is an exceptionally violent film but none of the graphic violence seems to me gratuitous, unlike in some of director Sam Peckinpah's other films. Pike Bishop (William Holden) heads a gang which robs banks and trains. Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan) is a former member whom railroad owner Harrigan (Albert Dekker) arranges to be released from prison on the single condition that Thornton lead efforts to kill or capture Bishop and his gang. If he fails, he will be returned to prison. The quality of all performances is outstanding, as are Peckinpah's direction and the cinematography provided by Lucien Ballard.
The primary plot involves Thornton's efforts to complete his assignment but there are several interesting sub plots, notably one involving Coffer (Strother Martin) and his fellow scavengers. (Martin once observed that he and Dub Taylor specialized in portraying "prairie scum.") The opening scene shows a scorpion being consumed by fire ants. Coffer and his motley crew hope to have a similar opportunity to feast on what remains of the Bishop gang. I was also fascinated by the interaction between the Bishop gang and the Mexican federales (headed by General Mapache played by Emilio Fernandez) who also pursue them. Time eventually runs out. Bishop and his associates must decide: Either quietly depart with their tails between their legs or take a stand and probably be killed.
In my opinion, the final sequence justifies all of the violence which precedes it. Many of those who have seen this film are offended by its especially graphic portrayal of bloodshed.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest 27 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
For me this rather than The Searchers or Red River is the greatest western ever.
I love it not for the violence but for the mournful tone that is omnipresent. unlike say Leone (whose work I love), Peckinpah makes films about the West rather than about other Westerns. The violence DOES remain shocking & exhilarating, despite the fact that he's been plagirised by directors in subsequent years. This is the DVD that finally does justice to a highpoint in American cinema, with a fine,loving but unsparing documentary. The film itself looks spectacular in this transfer and it comes highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Bunch (Blu-ray version) 13 April 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Released in America in June 1969 but not released in the U.K. until January 1970 nothing could quite prepare British audiences for the visual onslaught that this film is from the opening bank robbery scene with all and sundry being gunned down like nine pins.

The American director Sam Peckinpah long with the Italian director Sergio Leone who both re-invented the western from the Black and white hats of 40's and 50's to a more realistic form of storytelling where the lines between good and evil get blurred and the villains are all sweaty, dirty and despicable where they fight over a dead man's boots.

For the re-release of this film on DVD (which was a two-sided disc) in 1997 the running time went from 134 minutes to 145 minutes, this is the version that has been put out on Blu-ray in 2008 which is in 1080p resolution and has had its original six track sound track up-graded to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound along with French stereo, Spanish mono and German mono, and Italian Mono there are plenty subtitles to choose from English, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese & Swedish.

The restoration and transfer to Blu-ray has made the colours and sound of this cinematic masterpiece look as fresh as it did on its original 1969 U.S. release if you like westerns this is a must have in your Blu-ray collection
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique 3 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I had never seen "Wild Bunch" before so decided to buy it after a strong recomendation. I wasn't disappointed. The film is fantastic. It has all of the elements that you would expect a western to contain. The action sequences speak for themself. The only downside to this great film is that the disc is a flipper. Why??? It seems that flippers are gone now, but why in the early days did they have to put such great films as "Goodfellas, The Rock, Air Force One and The Wild Bunch" on flippers. A MUST BUY DVD ANYWAY, EVEN THOUGH A BOX SET COULD BE ON ITS WAY VERY SOON.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way" 1 April 2010
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Early 20th century.A group of Outlaws led by Pike(William Holden)who are finding that times are passing them by narrowly escape an ambush whilst robbing a Wells Fargo.A "posse"led by ex gang member Deke Thornton(Robert Ryan)who engineered the ambush pursue them into Mexico where the bunch attempt to set up one last haul by selling stolen guns to a mexican despot.

Sam Peckinpah's best film -with due respect to Pat Garrett and Ride THe High Country- is the greatest western ever made.Dialogue,cinematography,music,direction and editing are without peer in the genre.This the longest version at 145 minutes is splendid in blu ray with only the end sequence being somewhat grainy.

However what really sets The Wild Bunch apart in delivering Peckinpah's interpretation of a dying west is the acting.Here more so than in Pat Garrett,he assembled through luck,judgement whatever a group of actors that could just not be replicated today.Sure there are many fine actors around today but when one of the better ones of today Billy Bob Thornton says on the main doc that he was in awe of Warren Oates,you just know the Bunch would not work today.Career best turns from Holden and Borgnine are augmented by Ben Johnson, Oates, a wonderful Edmund O'Brien as Sykes and of course Robert Ryan whose ability to invest flawed characters with a vivid sense of honour was well in force here.The casting lower down is impeccable too with the superb L Q Jones and Strother Martin as two feral members of the posse being standouts.

The opening gun battle with Peckinpah juxtaposing the brutality and almost carnality of the combatants against the innocent children witnessing carnage that will haunt their childhoods forever is brillianty judged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Classic Western
Good classic Western. Worth keeping to enjoy in years to come. Good collector's piece.
Published 17 hours ago by Mike H
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Great
Published 8 days ago by Gordon Sherrard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant.
Published 22 days ago by swifty
5.0 out of 5 stars 'AN ALL-TIME CLASSIC WESTERN'
'The Wild Bunch' is set during the early part of the '20th century' .....a time when the day of the Outlaw was coming to an end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Western.
One of the all time great westerns.A gang of bank robbers flee to Mexico at the time of the revolution.Well worth watching.
Published 2 months ago by porgie
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading
I purchased this DVD on the basis of your site details running time of 179 minutes. The DVD I got is only 135 minutes, which is the cut UK version. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Geoffrey Samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD SHOOT THEM UP WESTERN!!!
When I got this I remember going too the flix to see it and it was a great film.
the transfer on to BD is fantastic the colors are vibrant .
Highly recommended !
Published 5 months ago by M. P. Collinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Special
Has always been a good film but this is extra special,the extras on disc two make for great watching,what a bonus
Published 5 months ago by ralphwooldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
One of the last great westerns, and William Holden movie. An amazing piece of filming and acting, abit bloddy but I love it.
Published 6 months ago by David Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WILD BUNCH
.ER ASKED ME TO ORDER THIS FOR HIM AS HE SAID ITS BRILLIANT.NOT FOR ME THOUGH.IM NOT A WESTERN FAN.
Published 7 months ago by ilene crawford
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