“Major Dundee” has gotten the “restored” treatment. Fat chance this thing comes to Charleston, so I’ll wait for the DVD. But please, please, somebody on this blog go see this in the theater (is Michael the only person who would be able to go see this?). From what I understand, it will be quite an experience. The most striking thing is not the additional 12 minutes (after all, Peckinpah’s original cut was 2 hours 44 minutes, and the theatrical release was 2 hours and 2 minutes–this “restored” version is only 2 hours 14 minutes), but the completely new soundtrack and the dolby digital sound. Of course, the original aspect ratio will add to the experience (the only way to see Richard Harris is on the big screen–his performances can be measured best by the square foot). I haven’t seen this film in a while…I saw it on VHS years ago. I remember it was pan-and-scan, with the colors all but lost. A bit of a disappointment. And while I’m on the subject of Peckinpah, let me ask if anyone has seen any of his smaller films (“Junior Bonner,” “The Ballad of Cable Hogue,” “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia”). I think “Bonner” is excellent. This may be a stretch, but it reminds me of recent Eastwood, or “Tender Mercies.” Peckinpah had a gift for depicting violence, but he was just as skillful shooting small, quiet, intimate moments between characters. The scene where Slim Pickens dies by the water’s edge in “Pat Garret and Billy the Kid” is one of the more moving scenes in cinema. And the scene where Bob Dylan reads the labels of canned goods at gunpoint is gloriously absurd (“Peas…spinach…creamed corn…”).