Why this movie kicks so much ass is that the action blows you away. No one is safe as bad guys, good guys, pedestrians, children, and more bad guys are blown to sh*t. Pekinpah is best described as the John Woo of his generation (but better). The way he shoots action and cuts shots together is just exhilarating. Pekinpah uses a lot of inter-cuts in a way no one else really has and it rocks. Shoot, he even uses inter-cuts to tell a back story in a matter of minutes that other films would take hours doing. Plus you have cool symbolism like ants killing scorpions caroused by children. This is why THE WILD BUNCH stands next to the big boys of westerns.
Commentary by Peckinpah Biographers/Documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle: A great commentary track delivered here. Not only are these guys fun to listen to but they have great radio voices to boot. These four get you excited about this film and definitely know their stuff! Commentaries are definitely improved when the commentators are excited about their material.
Also included on the first disc are a collection of Pekinpah and James Dean trailers.
The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage >> 33 min | This is an old 70’s featurette which is pretty badass. Featuring lots and lots of old school footage you’ll get to see a lot more than a modern EPK would give you. I’ve always said, they don’t make ‘em like they used to.
Sam Peckinpah’s West: Legacy of a Holywood Renegade >> 1 hr. 22 min | This is an outstanding doc on Peckinpah and his films. Narrated by Kris Kristofferson, you’ll have a fun time reliving a legend and his films. Even violence in film is discussed. Dude, everyone form Benicio to Roger Ebert gets in on things. Fun to watch and inciteful.
An Excerpt from A SIMPLE ADVENTURE STORY: Sam Pekinpah, Mexico and The Wild Bunch – A Documentary Film by Nick Redman >> 24 min | In the style of a History Channel production, you’ll get a primo look at the production of THE WILD BUNCH with all of that jazz great documentarians do. A-1.
Outtakes >> 9 min | These are mainly scenery shots set to music. Not bad, not great either.
>>Final Decision: BUY