THE WILD BUNCH on DVD (MERGED THREAD including current disc and possible SE)

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Phil Thron, Jun 3, 2002.

  1. Phil Thron

    Phil Thron Second Unit

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    This is one of the "replacement" movies I have yet to upgrade from VHS to disc. I was wondering, since this one was mastered several years ago in the dark ages of DVD, if this is a "flipper" disc. Anyone?

    Also, how is the quality of the transfer? The only thing I have to compare it to is the widescreen VHS tape that I sold off some months ago. I remember that, for a tape, it was a pretty good print. I've been hankerin' to see this one again...it's been about 3 years now...and I'm wonderin' if it's worth getting now, of if I should wait around to see if they'll release the Extra Special Director's Cut Collector's Edition of the Version You've Never Seen...

    Thanks in advance for any help...
     
  2. Rich Malloy

    Rich Malloy Producer

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    It's a non-anamorphic flipper from the early years, but certainly one of the best, non-anamorphic flippers ever produced.

    It's also the first opportunity I had to see the full "director's cut" version, which I'm not sure is available in any other format.

    Also, the documentary is excellent. Just about perfect for the Peckinpah fan.

    If you like this movie, and have never seen this disc, then I think you may well have never seen Peckinpah's intended cut. That alone should cinch at least a rental, though I believe the disc can be had for under $10.

    And, yes, I still hope a super-duper special-edition anamorphic-transferred version comes out someday... till then, this disc'll surely do!
     
  3. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    The disc is a flipper, and the transfer is not anamorphic. For an older, non-anamorphic transfer, though, the picture is decent. My Panasonic RP-91 will scale non-anamorphic discs, so on my setup the picture is acceptable.

    This is one on my favorite westerns, so I couldn't pass up the disc, non-anamorphic flipper or not.
     
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    Douglas R Cinematographer

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    The region 2 version is anamorphic (and also a flipper).
     
  5. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    If you are a fan of this film (like myself) this should be a no-brainer. Like others have said the transfer is very good for non-anamorphic. Worlds better than VHS anyway.

    It is a flipper so if that bothers you then I don't know what to tell you. Personally I don't believe in dismissing a DVD just because its a flipper.

    Chances are this probably won't get another release anytime in the near future so I'd pick it up if I were you.
     
  6. Todd Stout

    Todd Stout Screenwriter

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    I just picked up a copy at WalMart over the weekend for $9.96.
     
  7. Mark_TS

    Mark_TS Screenwriter

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    I am surprised WARNER put this out non-anamorphic.
    If it is this good flat, imagine what a 16x9 version would look like.
    There was a regular WS LD AND a 3 disc LD SE boxset out of the Directors Cut
    out a few years ago.
     
  8. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    Thanks for the update regarding R2, guess I will buy it now since this is part of Warner's 2 for 1 deal at HMV.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. JonZ

    JonZ Lead Actor

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    Really, this is a great film and for only $10-$14 its a no-brainer.
     
  10. Phil Thron

    Phil Thron Second Unit

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    Thanks for the many replies, everyone.

    After reading these remarks, I wonder myself just what the hell I've been waiting for. :b
     
  11. Greg_M

    Greg_M Screenwriter

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    This was one of Warner Bros. first DVD releases and I haven't found any reviews of the DVD. Anyone know if the picture quality is any good? Is this disc a flipper?
     
  12. Eric Meske

    Eric Meske Stunt Coordinator

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    Greg,

    The disc is a flipper with part 1 on one side and part 2 and the documentary on the other side.

    I haven't watched it in a while, but from what I remember
    the picture is pretty decent considering this was one of the first DVDs released. It is non-anamorphic widescreen, but other than that it doesn't look too bad for a 35 year old movie.
     
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    Hopefully Warner will re-release this as one of their 2 disc SE's.
     
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    A cracker of a movie well worth getting. I'm not too bothered that its a flipper and picture quality is fine.
     
  16. frank manrique

    frank manrique Supporting Actor

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    Recent showings of The Wild Bunch by HDnetmovies in High-Definition makes the non-anamorphic, flipper, EE-ridden DVD look like the proverbial dog poop. They need to properly master it... [​IMG]
    -THTS
     
  17. Jeff Swearingen

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    Picture quality is fine given the time this DVD was made.
     
  18. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    pick it up. The transfer is excellent compared to other 97 releases. It's a flipper but so what. Your only other options are VHS or the laserdisc (more flipping).
     
  19. rossini

    rossini Auditioning

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    Get the Japanese version.
    It's anamorphic widescreen with better picture quality.
     
  20. Sergio

    Sergio Stunt Coordinator

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    This is one of my favorites. Any information on the subjet?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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