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Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection
     

Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection

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This superb box set collects four Westerns directed by Sam Peckinpah between 1962 and 1973, two of them for MGM and two for Warner Bros. Each film is a classic and they accordingly receive the red-carpet treatment they deserve in this collection. For starters, the films have been given a thorough remastering job. All four have been given anamorphically enhanced video

Overview

This superb box set collects four Westerns directed by Sam Peckinpah between 1962 and 1973, two of them for MGM and two for Warner Bros. Each film is a classic and they accordingly receive the red-carpet treatment they deserve in this collection. For starters, the films have been given a thorough remastering job. All four have been given anamorphically enhanced video transfers, each in its appropriate widescreen ratio. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid also offers two different cuts of the film: the 1988 "Turner" edition of the film, which utilized a rough edit of the film that fleshed out the studio-butchered 1973 cut of the film, and a new 2005 edition that was prepared from Peckinpah's editing notes to re-edit the slacker passages of the 1988 version and also to restore material not in the 1973 or 1988 editions. In terms of audio, Ride the High Country, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid offer the original mono soundtracks, each sounding crisp and well-mastered, while The Wild Bunch receives a robust stereo remix in Dolby Digital 5.1. Plenty of noteworthy extras are included for Peckinpah aficionados to study and enjoy. First on each of the four titles is a commentary track featuring commentary by Peckinpah historians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, and David Weddle. Each is an authority on the director's life and career as well as a seasoned film critic, so each track overflows with biographical detail, interesting behind-the-scenes stories, and some insightful analysis of Peckinpah's style and inspirations. It's also worth noting that Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid features two commentaries, one for each version of the film featured in this set. Elsewhere, the four discs also include impressive featurettes. Ride the High Country offers an interview with Fern Lea Peter, sister of Sam Peckinpah, that offers a lot of insight into how the director's childhood experiences shaped both his view of the world and his cinematic obsessions. The Ballad of Cable Hogue features an interview with Stella Stevens in which she reflects on her career and how her work with Peckinpah fit into it. The Wild Bunch and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid are two-disc affairs that offer more than one featurette. The Wild Bunch's second disc includes two documentaries: "An Album in Montage" (which appeared on the original DVD for The Wild Bunch) and "Sam Peckinpah's West," a feature-length documentary produced by Starz Encore Entertainment. The disc is rounded out by an excerpt from a Nick Redman documentary on The Wild Bunch and a montage of edited shots from the film, set to the strains of Jerry Fielding's score. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid's second disc offers a pair of featurettes, one interviewing longtime Peckinpah assistant Katy Haber about the chaotic history of the film and a Kris Kristofferson interview that covers his career and memories of working with Peckinpah. In a fitting tribute, the second disc for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid also includes a segment with Kristofferson and Donnie Fritts performing a pair of songs dedicated to Peckinpah. The extras package for each film is rounded out by a Sam Peckinpah trailer gallery that includes all the films in the set, plus The Getaway. All in all, The Peckinpah Western Collection offers four classic Westerns in DVD editions that excel in both transfer quality and extras. No self-respecting Peckinpah buff should pass it up.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Maverick filmmaker Sam Peckinpah is well represented in this box set, which collects four of his best-known westerns, two of them presented in restored versions. Ride the High Country (1962), an elegiac account of the conflict between aging ex-lawmen who find themselves in opposition, features two Hollywood legends, Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, who are splendid in their last significant screen outing. There's some thematic similarity in The Wild Bunch (1969), which follows an early-20th-century band of outlaws who are keenly aware that their way of life has become a thing of the past but are determined to go out with a bang. William Holden heads an all-star cast that also includes Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, and Edmund O'Brien. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) is considerably more lighthearted, a broad comedy peopled by eccentric characters. Jason Robards stars as a desert rat who teams up with good-natured harlot Stella Stevens after being left for dead by bumbling villains Strother Martin and L. Q. Jones. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), a bizarre, idiosyncratic horse opera that was wrested from Peckinpah's control in post-production and marked the beginning of his decline in Hollywood, retells the legend of one of the West's most famous outlaws. James Coburn plays the less-than-heroic lawman with mock solemnity, and Kris Kristofferson makes Billy a lot more charming that he was reputed to be. The fully restored version reveals a more cohesive story than the one that 1973 moviegoers saw, and it shows that an unrestrained Peckinpah still had plenty to offer, artistically speaking.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
UPC:
0012569693883
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
9:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Expert commentaries; New/vintage documentaries; Trailer galleries; Two versions of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (longer 1988 version and 2005 Special Edition cut reconstructed from Peckinpah's notes)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Peckinpah Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wild Bunch [The Original Director's Cut]: The Movie
1. Credits; If They Move [6:29]
2. Temperance Parade [3:35]
3. Blowin' This Town to Hell [4:19]
4. Blazing Scorpions [:56]
5. Better 'N a Hog-Killin' [2:50]
6. Dear, Dead Departed [1:58]
7. Judas Goat [2:27]
8. Across the Border [:53]
9. Dreaming of Washers [7:27]
10. Being Sure Is My Business [3:13]
11. Learning From Being Wrong [2:18]
12. When You Side With a Man [5:09]
13. Turning Back [1:07]
14. Aqua Verde [5:19]
15. Farewell to the Bunch [2:05]
16. The General Drives In [2:34]
17. Angel's Woman No More [6:50]
18. Target: An Arms Shipment [4:02]
19. Rest and Recreation [5:36]
20. Lost Love; This Time [2:33]
21. Catching a Train [5:15]
22. Wild Bunch Express [4:33]
23. Backtrack [2:38]
24. Border Bridge Standoff [2:58]
25. Tipping Hat and Bridge [1:04]
26. Bottom of the Bottle [3:33]
27. Mapache Under Attack [3:17]
28. We're After Men [1:30]
29. Angel's Friend [4:28]
30. Robbery-Proof Guns [5:03]
31. Trust Between Partners [2:45]
32. Getting Sykes Riled [:49]
33. Machine Gun Mayhem [2:23]
34. Angel Betrayed [3:12]
35. Who You Give Your Word To [4:37]
36. Dragged in the Dust [3:57]
37. Let's Go; Why Not? [4:07]
38. Walk Toward a Showdown [2:25]
39. "We Want Angel" [1:42]
40. Shooting Starts [1:11]
41. Seizing the Machine Gun [1:18]
42. Death of the Bunch [2:10]
43. Taking Stock [2:09]
44. Death Echoes in the Wind [2:04]
45. Some Work to Do [1:17]
46. Last Glimpse; Cast List [2:15]
Disc #2 -- The Wild Bunch [The Original Director's Cut]: Special Features
1. Introduction [2:15]
2. Boyhood Experiences [5:26]
3. Out of His Time [1:31]
4. The Deadly Companions [6:00]
5. Ride the High Country [2:47]
6. Major Dundee [5:48]
7. The Wild Bunch [12:26]
8. The Ballad of Cable Hogue [11:58]
9. Junior Bonner [4:26]
10. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid [12:05]
11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia [6:51]
12. Everything for His Art [7:46]
13. Justified; End Credits [3:11]
Disc #3 -- Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid [2005 Special Edition]
1. Fowl Killings [3:51]
2. Times Have Changed [3:08]
3. Credits [1:42]
4. New Sheriff's Target [3:11]
5. In Poor Company [3:17]
6. Loco Bob [4:53]
7. Meeting Their Maker [4:37]
8. Smiling When He Left [4:05]
9. Getting a Posse Started [3:51]
10. Dead Inside [3:14]
11. Reward Rejected [3:47]
12. Holes in the Chest [7:04]
13. Baker's Badge [4:15]
14. Hideout Shootout [3:25]
15. Chisum's Regulators [3:30]
16. Garrett and Chisum [6:11]
17. Where To Next [4:00]
18. Keeping Time With Lemuel [3:05]
19. Bullet for Alamosa Bill [4:13]
20. Sociable with Garrett [1:55]
21. When You See Billy [5:15]
22. Ambushing Paco's Ambushers [2:29]
23. Garrett's Rest Stop [4:16]
24. Hope They Spell My Name Right [3:54]
25. Old Pete's House [4:44]
26. Idyll and Vigil [4:10]
27. I Killed the Kid [5:10]
28. End Credits [5:13]
Disc #4 -- Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid [1988 Turner Preview Version]
1. Fowl Killings [6:02]
2. Times Have Changed [4:13]
3. New Sheriff's Target [3:17]
4. In Poor Company [3:53]
5. Loco Bob [5:33]
6. Meeting Their Maker [4:38]
7. Smiling When He Left [4:26]
8. Getting a Posse Started [4:42]
9. Billy [2:02]
10. Reward Rejected [3:21]
11. Holes in the chest [5:57]
12. Baker's Badge [4:35]
13. Hideout Shootout [3:33]
14. Chisum's Regulators [3:56]
15. Garrett and Chisum [4:38]
16. Where To Next [4:00]
17. Keeping Time With Lemuel [3:26]
18. Bullet for Alamosa Bill [:37]
19. Sociable With Garrett [4:06]
20. When You See Billy [1:25]
21. Poe's Cruel Situation [5:15]
22. Ambushing Paco's Ambushers [2:35]
23. Garrett's Rest Stop [3:09]
24. Hope They Spell My Name Right [3:58]
25. Old Pete's House [3:06]
26. Idyll and Vigil [6:48]
27. I Killed the Kid [4:10]
28. Full Circle [5:48]
29. End Credits [3:52]
Disc #5 -- The Ballad of Cable Hogue
1. Left Behind [4:38]
2. Credits [4:02]
3. Water [3:28]
4. The Stagecoach [3:29]
5. First Customer [2:30]
6. The Preacher [5:38]
7. Deaddog Damsel [2:25]
8. Filing His Claim [6:03]
9. Bank Loan [3:31]
10. Hildy [3:59]
11. Preoccupied With Business [6:34]
12. Making Up With Hildy [5:20]
13. Solace Services [6:35]
14. Handling Passions and Snakes [4:51]
15. In Business [2:44]
16. Desert Cuisine [2:18]
17. Welcome Visitor [4:50]
18. Butterfly Morning [5:12]
19. Wanted Man [3:01]
20. Unwanted Man [5:53]
21. Old Friends [:14]
22. The Searchers [4:18]
23. Down a Hole [3:58]
24. The Guts [3:46]
25. Horseless Carriage [2:27]
26. The Ladiest Damn Lady [2:41]
27. Cable's Accident [4:02]
28. Funeral Sermon [4:26]
30. Wait for Me, Sunrise [3:03]
Disc #6 -- Ride the High Country
1. Credits [1:32]
2. Old-Timers Reunion [5:44]
3. Man for the Job [4:11]
4. Heck of a Partner [4:31]
5. The Knudsens [3:03]
6. Preaching and Propositioning [4:20]
7. Wrong Kind of Man [5:42]
8. Expectations [5:32]
9. A Matter of Character [6:12]
10. Coarsegold [5:12]
11. Wedding Preliminaries [4:40]
12. Kate's Place [3:48]
13. Saloon Ceremony [4:22]
14. There Goes the Bride [3:53]
15. A Matter of Posession [5:03]
16. Tonight We Move [3:12]
17. Confrontation [2:27]
18. Hillside Challenge [5:12]
19. No Future in Our Partnership [2:02]
20. I'll Be There [2:00]
21. Ambush [2:58]
22. Halfway Like Always [3:04]
23. So Long, Partner [2:40]

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