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4.0 out of 5 stars Fall in, behind the major!, 17 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Major Dundee (The Extended Version) [1965] [Dutch Import] (DVD)
An interesting formative work in Sam Peckinpah's rather turbulent career and one of only a handful of films which he would make in the sixties. "Major Dundee" features many very good moments, with some of the ideas being subsequently reworked into "The Wild Bunch".

A quite strikingly modern film, in its own way, which must have been somewhat shocking at the time of its release. Some of the violence is surprisingly graphic for a film that was released well before Arthur Penn's water-shed "Bonnie And Clyde". Charlton Heston is a little over-the-top and "look at me, i'm Charlton (God damn you all to Hell) Heston", but that rather suits Major Dundee's head-strong and self-righteous character.

The import copy restores the film to its original uncut length, including a long sequence that was removed from the version which i first saw. There is also some interesting bonus material, such as the the audio commentary, which adds real insight to the problems faced during filming.

The one real "downer" with "Major Dundee" is the dreadful music. The Indian "bad-guy" has a stupid, trademark signature and the main title theme song is just AWFUL. (So awful that you'll probably find yourself humming/singing it for days afterwards!) Those aspects do, unfortunately, contrive to make the film seem much more dated.
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