DVD REVIEWS: Extended Editions
Major Dundee (1965), a noble failure from Sam Peckinpah, has Union and Confederate officers (Charlton Heston and Richard Harris) as uneasy allies against the Apaches and French in 1860s Mexico. The film was butchered by the studio, but this cut restores 12 valuable minutes, including an opening massacre sequence and a scene where Heston goes mad. Images have decent color and realistic skin tones. In addition to the original mono soundtrack, you get a 5.1-channel mix with completely new music. It's less intrusive than the old score, but the placement of dialogue and effects seems artificial. Extras include a scholarly commentary and documentary shorts, mostly dealing with the film's troubled production. Both: English, Dolby Digital 5.1; letterboxed (2.35:1) and anamorphic widescreen. Gladiator: [NR] French, Dolby Digital 5.1; three dual-layer discs. Major Dundee: [PG-13] English and French, Dolby Digital 2-channel mono; dual layer..