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Peckinpah's Greatest Masterpiece,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Wild Bunch [DVD]  (DVD)
I first saw this movie in 1970 and was stunned by it. I had seen nothing like it before. Unlike the Hollywood westerns of old, characters are not simplistically divided into "good" and "bad" men, heroes and villains. Instead, they are fully rounded, reflecting all the moral ambiguities of real people faced with desperate situations. The violence too, for which this film was controversial, is not the sanitised violence of earlier times. Although aestheticised (after all this is a work of art), it unflinchingly depicts the consequences when guns are fired and bullets strike human flesh. One of the finest films ever made about men in battle, and arguably the greatest of all westerns. A movie of tremendous power, far more moral, and honest, than todays mindlessly violent, special effects driven Hollywood actioners. See it!
The DVD is a restored 'directors cut' and is superior to the version which most movie goers will have seen at the cinema. My only criticism is that it is not anamorphic.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2013 09:05:16 GMT
On The Bright Side... says:
The opening line sticks in my memory when Pike angrily sneers, "If they move, kill 'em". Sets the tone for a real drama ! Love your review, thankyou.
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