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NOBODY LOSES ALL THE TIME
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia concluded a remarkable period for filmmaker Sam Peckinpah. It brought to an end a seven-year and seven-film run of masterpieces that included the taboo-breaking ultra-violence of The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, and the more elegiac tones of The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Junior Bonner. A love story that plays out in a brutal environment, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia sits somewhere between these moods and may just be Bloody Sam√ïs greatest work, as well as his most autobiographical.
Warren Oates plays Bennie, a piano player in a Mexican bar who gets himself involved in the manhunt for Alfredo Garcia, a man with a million-dollar price-tag on his head having impregnated the daughter of crime boss El Jefe (Emilio Fern‚Ä°ndez). Sensing an easy pay day, Bennie takes his girlfriend, Elita (Isela Vega) on a trip that√ïll prove fatalistic for many of those involved.
During a career that was blighted by studio interference, Peckinpah would later say that Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia was the only which ended up exactly as he wanted: √íI did it exactly the way I wanted to. Good or bad, like it or not, that was my film.√ì And it was. This is as close to √îPure Peckinpah√ï as it gets √ê beautiful, violent, troubling, heartbreaking, astonishing.
LIMITED TWO-DISC EDITION CONTENTS:
- Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
- Original 1.0 mono audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies, recorded exclusively for this release
- Audio commentary by Sam Peckinpah scholars Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle, moderated by Nick Redman
- Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, Paul Joyce√ïs feature-length 1993 documentary featuring interviews with James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Monte Hellman, Ali MacGraw, James Robards and others, available on home video in the UK for the first time ever
- The John Player Lecture: Sam Peckinpah, audio recording of the director√ïs on-stage appearance at the National Film Theatre
- Theatrical trailer
- Bonus Blu-ray: Featuring never-before-seen interviews with Peckinpah colleagues and contemporaries including Kris Kristofferson, Monte Hellman, L.Q. Jones, Alan Sharp and more (TBC) [Limited Edition exclusive]
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
- Extensive collector√ïs booklet containing new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and numerous reprints including interviews and more [Limited Edition exclusive]
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