samAnyone who has even heard the name "Peckinpah" probably knows one of three things:
  • That he was a right bastard when the mood struck him.
  • That his action sequences influenced everyone from John Woo to Quentin Tarantino.
  • That he and studios didn't get along so well (often at least partly Sam's fault).
While we can't do much about the bastard thing, the damage done by studio meddling with his films is, slowly, being corrected. Ahead of an epic Warner's set (due out next February and containing special editions of all of their Peckinpah holdings) comes Sony's gorgeous new edition of 1965's Major Dundee, which aims to turn the studio-butchered film into something resembling what Peckinpah intended.

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