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Peckinpah chroniclers David Weddle, Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, and Garner Simmons--all heard on the commentary track--also got together for a 2004 pilgrimage to Parras, Mexico, the village that supplied the location for General Mapache's stronghold in The Wild Bunch and, of course, the film's apocalyptic finale. This is recorded in Redman's A Simple Adventure Story: Sam Peckinpah, Mexico and The Wild Bunch, which intercuts the latterday, not-so-wild bunch's moseying through sleepy Parras with the 1969 action scenes that invested the place with mythic resonance. Weddle: "...you walk around a corner and here's a part of your imaginative life--there!"
Seydor's Oscar-nominated 1996 short The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage assembles black-and-white "making of" footage from the Wild Bunch shoot and, rather than filming new talking-head footage, uses oral-history recollections of cast and crew members mingled on the soundtrack with Peckinpah's own words, voiced by Ed Harris. High point: Peckinpah/Harris's whispery murmur, "I want to do a walk thing..." as the director spontaneously begins to orchestrate the most powerful action climax in modern cinema. Album-jacket promises of "additional scenes" and "previously unseen outtakes" are apparently references to the same material: just outtakes and alternate camera angles, none notably revelatory. Technically, the disc improves on the 1997 release, which split the film over two sides of the disc and was not enhanced for widescreen televisions. --Richard T. Jameson
This was my dads favorite movie,as well as 1 of mine,we knew about every line to this great movie,"were after real men,and i wish to god i was with them","hey... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Bennie Padilla
I Have the Two-Disc Dvd Set.The Wild Bunch is NOT A Western and that does not upset me,What upsets me is it's self-righteousness for sake of being "Righteous" a product of the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jose Lopez
This film is inherently well done to begin with, but it is improved by the fact that this is the original director's cut. Seek no other version! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Mitchell McFetridge
I bought this movie to add to my western collection. To my way of thinking, it ranks right up there alongside of Once Upon a Time in the West and The Ballad of Cable Hogue. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Andy
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Check e-bay. All the soundtracks are out-of-print. However, the French 10-track CD is fairly easy to locate. Warners also issued the complete stereo score as a bonus disc when they released the laserdisc in 1998. It, too, often surfaces on e-bay but it's quite expensive now...
Sep 26, 2010 by shureman | See all 2 posts
|The WIld Bunch on a XBOX 360 player?||
I get the same thing in my 360 player. It played fine in A35. However, there are some discs that can't play in the A35, but play in the xBox. I own two HD DVD players. How stupid am I?
Apr 23, 2008 by Stephen Steele | See all 4 posts
|Could someone tell me a good book on Sam Peckinpah?||
Sorry I responded so late. The best book on Peckinpah is from Paul Seydor: The Western films. Also David Weddle:If they move...kill em:the life and times of Sam Peckinpah and Garner Simmons:Peckinpah: a portrait in montage are very good books. Recommended!
Jul 11, 2008 by L. Ketzer | See all 3 posts
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