- Audio Commentary by Sam Peckinpah scholars Paul Seydor Garner Simmons and David Weddle, with moderator Nick Redman
- Original theatrical trailer
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
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Some people will do anything for a million dollars even if it means killing anyone who gets in their way! Written and directed by OscarÂ(r) nominee* Sam Peckinpah and starring Academy AwardÂ(r) winner** Gig Young, Warren Oates, Robert Webber, Kris Kristofferson and the seductively beautiful Isela Vega, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a gritty classic that vibrates with explosive action and nail-biting tension. When a Mexican land baron puts a million dollars on the head of the man who seduced his daughter, two money-hungry men (Young and Webber) recruita small-town bartender (Oates) to help them do their dirty work. But their tequila-fueled trek across the desolate Mexican frontier grows more intense, gruesome and bloody with every savage murder they leave in their wake! *1969: Original Screenplay, The Wild Bunch (With Walon Greenand Roy N. Sickner) **1969: Supporting Actor, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Sam Peckinpah knew he couldn't call a movie Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and get away with it. That's why he did it. When he undertook this nakedly personal project, in self-exile in Mexico, the director was a deeply bitter man out of favor with critics, the media, and the Hollywood establishment, which had just released his Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid in a mutilated version. "Bring Me the Head..." sounded like the parody title of an ultraviolent Sam Peckinpah movie, and he flung it in our faces just as his onscreen surrogate tosses the titular object at the camera.
Thing is, the movie is a masterpiece--raw, shocking, beautiful, and brave--in which Peckinpah confronts his enemies and his own demons. Warren Oates plays a gringo piano-player stuck in Mexico who hears that some powerful men are willing to pay a bounty on a guy he knows. They don't know the guy is already dead, killed in a car accident. It'll be easy to exhume the trophy and collect the money--except that it will cost our seedy hero everything he has and ever wanted.
John Huston's Treasure of the Sierra Madre had always been a key legend for Peckinpah; this film is a subterranean re-imagining of it, with Oates as both the son of Fred C. Dobbs and the carnival-mirror reflection of Peckinpah himself. And Isela Vega's performance as the sainted whore Elita--bruised and worldly one minute, radiant and clear-skinned as a child the next--is an act of grace. --Richard T. Jameson
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This movie is the Denali of that bygone landscape, towering over the many other peaks.
It is a movie filled with senseless violence that candidly protests the very senselessness of that violence.
The love story is as unexpectedly sensitive as it is sincere and tragic.
The antihero's motivation pivots from greed to vengence as his state of mind pivots from gleefully optimistic to crushingly remorseful.
Equal parts caper, action, romance, vendetta crusade, dark comedy, and demented buddy road-trip movie, this is Sam Peckinpah's singular opus.
With all due respect, this is the type of film that Quinton Tarantino would aspire to make if he really had the balls.
Warren Oates is superb in one of my favorite roles of his. He IS Benny. He depicts a born loser so well that it is a shame that there were no awards waiting for him. The dark humor in how he plays the character is great. "No one loses all the time"- what a great line. The scenes that Warren Oates has with Alfredo Garcia's head have to been seen to be believed.
The Peckinpah trademark violence is there also in superbly shot action scenes. This is a style of direction that can only be copied or imitated now. Peckinpah was one of the original articles and I like how his best films are so uncompromising and filled with such bravura performances. It is good that these films stir in people such emotions of either loving it or hating it. At least the people that watch his films are left with a strong feeling and memory of them. So many movies made today lack that ability of stirring emotions. They can be so cold and sterile. Peckinpah's best were colorful and memorable like 'Alfredo Garcia'.
The DVD quality is excellent. The picture quality is very good and clear and the sound is very listenable. The commentary track by the Peckinpah historians is interesting and informative.
I love the way this film looks, the styling is old, the Mexican countryside beautiful, like a slightly more urban spaghetti western.
The shootouts not sophisticated, but Warren Oates makes it work as a loser with nothing to lose and little regard for his life or anyone elses after suffering another huge loss in his grizzled life.
The acting is B-
The story believable
The directing good.
If you do not take it seriously you can have a good evening with it.
Get a couple of cold ones and enjoy.