Compañeros / Vamos a matar, compañeros (Sergio Corbucci, 1970)


I think “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” is an excellent film, but I was unconvinced by Dylan’s music there, the knife-wielding character he played, and a too-old Kristofferson playing a 22-year-old. The late-80s TV movie “Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid” featured a young Val Kilmer as Billy. He seemed to me to portray Billy as I pictured him after reading Frederick Nolan’s books and others. That movie also had a wider scope, starting just before John Tunstall’s murder triggered the Lincoln County War-- the event which made Billy who he was. Peckinpah, of course, had a different focus. And his film [edit: at least included] Billy’s very best friends Tom O’Folliard and … Charlie Bowdre [seen in the siege at the stone house at Stinking Spring, the foundation of which is still visible] and is a classic. Just my two cents.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)
(Asa) #265

Sorry to partypoop gentlemen but, whilst I’m all in favour of the organic flow of conversation, we’re straying quite far from the thread topic which, lest we forget, was Companeros. There are threads elsewhere on-site dedicated to Sam Peckinpah, to The Wild Bunch and to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid and we’d be hugely appreciative if you could post on those threads should you wish to continue this conversation.

Thanks, amigos. :slight_smile:


I love that scene. It’s a good call-back to Django and I always laugh at The Penguin’s example of violence being necessary.

(autephex) #267

Screenshot comparison of DVD (top) vs Blue Underground blu-ray (middle) vs Unknown supposed blu ray with French & Italian dubs, English subs.

I grabbed this last one off the net due to lack of availability in blu ray options. The BU disc is OOP and prices are retarded. It looks like its maybe just an upscale of the French Seven7 DVD? Not sure… I don’t see any blu ray releases with these audio options… its not very good looking anyway.

Anyone have the more recent German blu rays?

(Stanton) #268

Several German DVDs were released, but so far none from Koch.

(autephex) #269

Ah, my mistake. I must have been confusing it with Bullet For The General which I bought from Koch many years ago in the Rainbow set… I had ripped the Companeros DVD off to my computer because I was planning on buying the blu ray, which I didn’t do before it went OOP and for some reason I had assumed it was a Koch release

(Stanton) #270

Actually I would like Companeros to be released by Koch …

(autephex) #271

A new Companeros blu from Koch would be pretty great

I just wish they would start making their releases region-free… my player bit the dust and not sure I can splurge on a new region-free player any time soon

(Stanton) #272

I think they are not allowed too.
Especially not with English audio options.

(autephex) #273

I wonder why though? Is it something with German laws? Seems every other company releasing these genre blu rays are region free releases now days