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Wild Bunch, The

Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection
Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 105 (Feb 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include commentary by Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, and David Weddle; the Sam Peckinpah trailer gallery; and a James Dean trailer. There are three documentaries on Disc Two

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 69388
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $59.92
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 145
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1969
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/10/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Sam Peckinpah
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Controversial at the time of its release for its graphic and copious depiction of violence, The Wild Bunch is a classic Western by the unparalleled master of the genre, Sam Peckinpah.

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released, harsh, non-anamorphic DVD, this new anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD will knock your boots off! The fantastic restoration effort brings new life to The Wild Bunch, and features a much more clean and solid picture. Flehstones are still brownish, but for a western, brown hues are expected. Minor film grain is inherent in the source element, but major artifacts have been cleaned up. Slight edge halos are noticed, while the previous disc was plagued by the distraction. While the previous DVD was given a reference quality score, it is by no means superior to this new edition. (Suzanne Hodges)

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