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Major Dundee (The Extended Version)  [Dutch Import]
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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.
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.
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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Can't understand why the trailer has Peckinpah actor L.Q.Jones saying this is the version Sam wanted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sandy Robertson
just awesome, well worth the money and highly recommended to all.Published 8 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
The first several viewings I had of this film were of the 122-minute version which director Sam Peckinpah loudly disowned. Read morePublished 14 months ago by gustavus