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(aka "Quiero la cabeza de Alfredo García" or "Traiganme la cabeza de Alfredo Garcia" or "Apportez-moi la tête d'Alfredo Garcia" or "Quiero la cabeza de Alfredo García" )

 

directed by Sam Peckinpah
USA / Mexico 1974

 

A moment of silence now for the late, great Warren Oates. Too little appreciated, he left an awesome body of work, and this deranged Peckinpah rant offers one of his finest turns. Released at a time when coy, self-serving, liberal sweetmeats such as The Long Goodbye, California Split, Save the Tiger, Carnal Knowledge, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest were the critical rave, this shocking film did little business. Its atmosphere of paranoia and desperation prefigured Taxi Driver and its ilk. An ugly, vicious film about not very glamorous people engaged in ugly, vicious activities, it’s more black comedy than anything. The film begins in the main meeting room of a hacienda - is this a flashback or another Peckinpah anti-classic Western? The head of the family, looking at his very pregnant young daughter, demands of a room full of dangerous-looking men and sad, black-clad women, “Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!” Seconds later, the gates of the hacienda fly open, and four-wheel-drive vehicles and jeeps come tearing out. Peckinpah makes it immediately clear that he is going to mess with the audience in this one. Always the mythmaker, he was at his happiest blowing those myths apart. A romantic interlude as Oates and Vega drive through Mexico is accentuated by a rape. Starring Oates as Benny, a not-very-bright hustler/loser, Bring Me ... deals with the world of the misfit in very real and very brutal terms. At times, it seems as though the film is an almost conscious response to the anti-hero personified by Bogart in Casablanca, in which the iconoclast is draped in mystery and romance with more than a hint of poetry.

Excerpt of a review by Louis Black at the Austin Chronicle located HERE

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Theatrical Release: USA - 1974

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 Comparison:

Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC vs. MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Twilight Time (Encore Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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1) Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP LEFT

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP RIGHT

3) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - BOTTOM LEFT

4) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM SECOND

5) Twilight Time (Encore) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM THIRD

6) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Spectrum

Region 3 - NTSC

MGM
Region 1 - NTSC

Filmedia

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Twilight Time

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Twilight Time (Encore Edition)

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Arrow

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

Distribution

Spectrum

Region 3 - NTSC

MGM
Region 1 - NTSC

Filmedia

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Twilight Time

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Twilight Time (Encore Edition)

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Arrow

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:52:16 1:52:20 1:48:00.440 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:52:35.790 1:52:35.290 1:52:18.732
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.91 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.87 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080i Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,322,998,864 bytes

Feature: 17,248,229,376 bytes

Video Bitrate: 17.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,413,059,909 bytes

Feature: 33,946,331,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,023,452,354 bytes

Feature: 36,137,576,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,833,784,260 bytes

Feature: 33,338,645,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Spectrum

 

Bitrate:

 

MGM

 

Bitrate: Filmedia

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate: Twilight Time Encore Edition

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate: Twilight Time (Encore Edition)

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate: Arrow

Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby digital 2.0 mono.

English Dolby digital 2.0 mono.

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1611 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1611 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1424 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1424 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1078 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1078 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1498 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1498 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit / DN -2dB
Isolated Score:

DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1978 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1978 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2034 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2034 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1800 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1800 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1993 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1993 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1993 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1993 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, Korean or none. English, French, Spanish or none. French (imposed on English soundtrack) English, none English, none English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Spectrum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• US Theatrical Trailer (1:57).

DVD Release Date: January -2004
Keep Case.

Chapters 24
 

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by 'Peckinpah Scholars' (1:55)
• US Theatrical Trailer (1:55)

DVD Release Date: March 22nd, 2005
Keep case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Filmedia

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

1080i Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,322,998,864 bytes

Feature: 17,248,229,376 bytes

Video Bitrate: 17.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Sam Peckipah Portrait (1:18:03)

• Interview (14:13)

• Trailer (1:55)

Blu-ray Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,413,059,909 bytes

Feature: 33,946,331,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary with Writer-Producer Gordon Dawson and Film Historian Nick Redman
• Audio Commentary with Film Historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, David Weddle, and Nick Redman
• Passion & Poetry: Sam's Favorite Film (55:36)
• A Writer's Journey: Garner Simmons with Sam Peckinpah in Mexico (25:55)
Promoting Alfredo Garcia (5:59)
• 6 TV Spots (3:57)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:58)

• MGM Anniversary Trailer (2:06)

• Isolated Score

Julie Kirgo liner notes

Blu-ray Release Date: March, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time (Encore Edition)

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,023,452,354 bytes

Feature: 36,137,576,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary with Assistant to the Director Katy Haber, and Film Historians Paul Seydor and Nick Redman

• Audio Commentary with Writer-Producer Gordon Dawson and Film Historian Nick Redman
• Audio Commentary with Film Historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, David Weddle, and Nick Redman
• Passion & Poetry: Sam's Favorite Film (55:36)
• A Writer's Journey: Garner Simmons with Sam Peckinpah in Mexico (25:55)
• Promoting Alfredo Garcia (5:59)
• 6 TV Spots (3:57)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:58)

• MGM Anniversary Trailer (2:06)

• Isolated Score

Julie Kirgo liner notes

Blu-ray Release Date: August, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,833,784,260 bytes

Feature: 33,338,645,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
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 s 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 (1:34;15)
The John Player Lecture: Sam Peckinpah, audio recording of the director s on-stage appearance at the National Film Theatre (47:23)
Four songs by Kris Kristofferson, filmed during the making of Man of Iron
Theatrical trailer (1:58)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
Extensive collector s booklet containing new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and numerous reprints including interviews and more [Limited Edition exclusive]
LIMITED-EDITION BONUS BLU-RAY

Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron The Director s Cut

A brand-new, extended version of Paul Joyce s documentary, containing more than TEN HOURS of previously unseen interview footage, featuring actors RG Armstrong, James Coburn, LQ Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw and Jason Robards, director Monte Hellman, producers Michael Deeley and Daniel Melnick, writers Alan Sharp and Jim Silke, writer-producer Gordon Dawson, assistant Katherine Haber, editor Garth Craven, satirist Mort Sahl, property master Bob Visciglia, bar owner Tom Runyon and cousin Bob Peckinpah, plus newly-shot interviews with Joyce, Haber and actor David Warner.

 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 23rd, 2017
Custom  Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Blu-ray - Arrow - February 2017: Arrow's new Blu-ray transfer of Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia is cited as a "Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release" and it does look different than the other 1080P transfers. The image is much brighter (and clearer), skin tones cool, the image looks 'cleaner'. It is technically more robust than the other Blu-rays with a max'ed out bitrate and shows more information in the frame (right edge). Not knowing how the film looked originally, I can only say I preferred Arrow's image to the others - it produces an entirely different film experience. Grain is less-clunky and the brighter image gives the impression of higher detail. Whites are brighter and less yellow than on the other HD transfers.

NOTE: Arrow's presentation starts with an older United Artists logo and does not show a title - only a few credits at the beginning and the majority at the end.

Arrow have gone very authentic with a mono linear PCM track - 24-bit but flat and carrying some depth in the extensive aggression in the film. It sounds excellent to my ears - expertly supporting Jerry Fielding's (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, The Killer Elite, The Mechanic, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Getaway) score. Arrow include optional English (SDH) subtitles and their Blu-ray discs are region 'B'-locked.

Arrow have two commentary tracks - a brand new one by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies, recorded exclusively for this release as well as the older one with Peckinpah scholars Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle, moderated by Nick Redman. Also on the first Blu-ray is the 1.5 hour Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, Paul Joyce's 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. We also get the 3/4 hour John Player Lecture: Sam Peckinpah, audio recording of the director's on-stage appearance at the National Film Theatre. I was pretty keen on this. There are four songs by Kris Kristofferson, filmed during the making of Man of Iron as well as a theatrical trailer.

Arrow include a second Blu-ray disc with Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron The Director's Cut - a brand-new, extended version of Paul Joyce's documentary, containing more than
10 hours of previously unseen interview footage, featuring actors RG Armstrong, James Coburn, LQ Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw and Jason Robards, director Monte Hellman, producers Michael Deeley and Daniel Melnick, writers Alan Sharp and Jim Silke, writer-producer Gordon Dawson, assistant Katherine Haber, editor Garth Craven, satirist Mort Sahl, property master Bob Visciglia, bar owner Tom Runyon and cousin Bob Peckinpah, plus newly-shot interviews with Joyce, Haber and actor David Warner. Wow.

The package itself has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain plus an extensive collector's booklet containing new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and numerous reprints including interviews and more [Limited Edition exclusive].

It's hard to deny Arrow's 4K restored, double Blu-ray edition with extensive extras, a new, and old, commentary and limited collector's booklet as anything but the definitive digital edition for Peckinpah's dynamic film. It covers so much and looks fabulous. Probably the most complete package of the year. Our highest recommendation!

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ADDITION: Blu-rays - Twilight Time (Encore Edition) October 2016: These two Twilight Time Blu-ray transfers are, pretty much, identical - slightly less technically robust but the image looks the same with only a few shifted pixels. It has the same DTS-HD Master audio (24-bit) - well indistinguishable to my ears - and the same supplements but it adds a new, and interesting, audio commentary with assistant to the director Katy Haber, and Film Historians Paul Seydor and Nick Redman. It's existence is to give those who missed out on the March 2014 Twilight Time Blu-ray (still fetching silly prices.) So, all-in-all, it's even a better release and if you want - you should act before, it too, goes out of print. Other differences include the menu screens (see below), the transparent case and it has twice as many chapter stops. That's all folks. It's a fabulous release.

NOTE: Arrow Films in the UK will be coming out with their Blu-ray edition in January 2017.

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ADDITION: Blu-rays - March 2014: These two Blu-ray transfers look to be from the same source but the Twilight Time has been given a more robust rendering. The 2012 French Filmedia Blu-ray is 1080i and running in PAL speed. It has imposed French subtitles when the original English track is chosen.  Just for that alone it should be avoided. We should note that neither release shows the title screen (it is the same image as at the top of this review but no text).

The Twilight Time visuals are a shade crisper and show more information in the frame (generally on all four sides). It is a solid dual-layered transfer with a max'ed out bitrate. Textures are evident and colors occasionally bold and rich. It looks about as good as the film will ever look on digital.

Twilight Time go with an authentic DTS-HD Master 1.0 mono track. It sounds flat but aggression has a punch. Jerry Fielding's (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, The Killer Elite, The Mechanic, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Getaway) score is available in an isolated track - also in lossless. There are optional English subtitles (white for the English and yellow - imposed, for the, brief, Spanish - see sample below) and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE.

Aside from the isolated score, Twilight Time thoroughly stack the disc including two audio commentaries. The one that is found on the 2005 MGM DVD (film historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, David Weddle, and Nick Redman) and another with writer-producer Gordon Dawson and Nick Redman (again). I haven't had the chance to indulge but snippets promise it to be rewarding and informative. We also get the, almost hour-long, Passion & Poetry: Sam's Favorite Film and the 25-minute "A Writer's Journey: Garner Simmons with Sam Peckinpah in Mexico". There is also shorter pieces on the marketing (posters etc.) of the film entitled Promoting Alfredo Garcia running 6-minutes, 6 TV Spots, a trailer and the package has some liner notes by Julie Kirgo.

My advice would be to get your hands on this Blu-ray. It is limited to 3.000 copies - and, like many Twilight Time BDs, will be selling for significantly more in months to come. This is a great release. Highly recommended! 

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ON THE DVDs: Hmmm... have we been 'hornswaggled'? Looks like the same transfer... or about as close as 'Dammit' is to swearing. Different menus - the new MGM has a commentary. If I was forced to choose totally on basis of image - hmmm... I don't think I can. The Korean Spectrum (MGM licensed?) may be the smallest degree sharper or is it just slightly brighter. Of course we recommend the MGM, it has a commentary and is darn cheap at $10 US.

 - Gary Tooze


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Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - LEFT vs. MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)


 

 

 

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Twilight Time (Encore) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Arrow (Disc 1) - Region 'B' Blu-ray

Arrow (Disc 2) - Region 'B' Blu-ray


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1) Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - THIRD

4) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Twilight Time (Encore) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FIFTH

6) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

Subtitle sample

Twilight Time Blu-ray shows Spanish in a yellow subtitle font

1) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Twilight Time (Encore) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

6) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - THIRD

4) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Twilight Time (Encore) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FIFTH

6) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - THIRD

4) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - THIRD

4) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - THIRD

4) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  - THIRD

4) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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2) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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Distribution

Spectrum

Region 3 - NTSC

MGM
Region 1 - NTSC

Filmedia

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Twilight Time

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Twilight Time (Encore Edition)

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Arrow

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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