- Actors: Ernest Bornine, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates William Holden, Ben Johnson, Edmund O'Brien, Emilio Fernandez, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins Jaime Sanchez
- Directors: Sam Peckinpah
- Producers: Phil Feldman
- Format: Director's Cut, Widescreen
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Warner Brothers Home Video
- Run Time: 145.0 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 672 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000BV9H52
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,980 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
The Wild Bunch (Special Widescreen Original Director's Cut)
This is one of the best action movies ever made and now available in a cleaned-up Director's Cut widescreen print restoring crucial previously edited parts of the story. See THE WILD BUNCH in its original pristine format the way it was intended to be seen. No cavalry ever rode in with more epochal impact than the Wild Bunch in the legendary opening scene. Their steel-eyed leader, Pike (William Holden), and his robbers in stolen army uniforms help an old lady across the street, and then spark a massacre led by Pike's old crony Thornton (Robert Ryan), sprung from jail to hunt down his old gang. In just a few minutes, Sam Peckinpah sets the scene--a dusty Texas town in 1913--sketches a dozen vividly individualized characters, and choreographs one of the most realistic, influential, brilliantly photographed shootouts under the pitiless sun. The cast is superb (even Ernest Borgnine!), the dialog crackling, the bitterly ambiguous moral of the story hard-earned. It's the deeper, dark flip side to 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Sam Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch' is a masterpiece western, if not the best ever made, then certainly by many opinions, very close to the top of its genre.
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William Holden as Pike Bishop, Ernest Borgnine as Dutch Engstrom, Robert Ryan as Deke Thornton, Edmond O'Brien as Freddie Sykes, Warren Oates as Lyle Gorch, Jaime Sánchez as Angel,Ben Johnson as Tector Gorch, Emilio Fernández as General Mapache, Strother Martin as Coffer,
L. Q. Jones as T.C,. Albert Dekker as Pat Harrigan, Bo Hopkins as Clarence 'Crazy' Lee, Jorge Russek as Major Zamorra, Alfonso Arau as Lieutenant Herrera. Dub Taylor as Wainscoat, Rayford Barnes as Buck, Paul Harper as Ross, Chano Urueta as Don José, Elsa Cárdenas as Elsa,
Bill Hart as Jess, Stephen Ferry as Sergeant McHale Fernando Wagner as Commander Mohr Jorge Rado as Ernst, Aurora Clavel as Aurora
The cast is what makes this a keeper for me. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates and Edmond O'Brien are incredibly talented actors and they put in some of their best work here. Robert Ryan and Ben Johnson are fine as well. The locations are impressive and some of the action set pieces are pretty inspiring; the bridge crossing sequence comes to mind. ;-) Personally, I think it could stand to have a good 30mins trimmed and not lose any of its impact. Of course there are those who say the same thing about "The Good The Bad & The Ugly" or "Once Upon A Time In The West" too, so I suppose it's all subjective.
The Blu-ray looks really nice. Sharp, crisp colors and a gritty film grain that, thankfully, hasn't been washed out by studio technicians tampering with DNR (digital noise reduction) to try and clean things up. The sound is clean & clear. There are several nice bonus gimmes included with the film, too. Bottom line: if you're unsure or haven't seen this film before you may want to rent it first, then decide if you want to add it to your home video collection. I know I won't watch it as often as several other westerns I own, but this one is still a keeper for its cultural & cinematic significance alone, as well as for being a pretty good film. 4 stars.
Great acting (the all-star cast includes near career-best roles by William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, as well as realistic performances by top character actors Warren Oates, Edmond O'Brien, and the great Strother Martin...and dozens of larger-than-life, well-played secondary characters), gritty cinematography, and two scenes (the long opening and ending classic shootouts!) of bloody western action that should be ranked among the best ever filmed.