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5.0 out of 5 stars Still not right, but a must have!, 19 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid : The Movie & More (2 Disc Special Edition) [1973] [DVD] (DVD)
I was eagerly awaiting this version having first seen this film back in the seventies and then seen a vhs version of the turner cut. I have given it five stars simply because it is Peckinpah's finest work. But in truth I was disappointed because I feel his 'cut' is still to be seen. It was great to get the scene of garret with his wife and dylans vocals over pickens death in the new cut but they should never have cut peckinpah's turn as the coffin maker. The beautifully elegiac melancholy is punctuated by Peckinpah stating he will take all he owns and bury it and never visit this country again. He never did make a western again. It is also right that the film finishes self-reflexively inverting the ending of Shane, with Garret hounded out by a boy throwing stones. But how could you leave out Poe's beating of the old man (ironically the guy who played 'Stonewall'-Elisha Cook Jnr- in Shane who was shot by the sadly missed Jack Palance as Wilson)
A multi-layered Masterpiece for all cineastes. But will we ever see it as Peckinpah intended? Probably only if Roger Spottiswoode is allowed to re-edit without interference. Here's hoping.
But until that happens get this double disc and half the fun is deciding how you'd edit it!
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