While most film historians appear to laud Peckinpah's "THE WILD BUNCH" as his finest achievement, this critic takes exception. "THE GETAWAY" is his best film and its' arguably McQueen's best too! McQueen pairs with his real-life paramour, Ali McGraw here and even she's not horrible, which is saying a lot! In fact, everyone here, even Sally Struthers, is perfectly cast. A crime caper and a love story, Peckinpah's deft hand guides the viewer into the gritty world he relishes in, but never alienates the viewer, as he's typically done in most of his other films. McQueen as Carter McCoy, is tough, cool and someone you want to cheer for no matter the circumstances. A scene where he punches and knocks out a screaming Sally Struthers does nothing to diminish his likeability.
While the remake with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger had some modernized updates to it, the original is far superior and still holds its own 35 years later. "THE GETAWAY" is a must have!
WARNER BROS. has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with the 2.35:1 aspect ratio intact. The colors are often bold and vibrant. Grain appears sporadically but is in keeping with the intended gritty atmosphere. Detail is impressive throughout, but not in the same league as some of the more recently filmed hi-def transfers.
WARNER BROS has provided a Dolby Digital 1.0 mix. While the dialogue is perfectly intelligible, this one has limited fidelity. It's not a bad mix, but it's dullness is noticeable throughout when one is used to dynamic range quality in shootouts.
WARNER BROS has included a variety of extras, including two commentaries, a lengthy documentary and an unused score from Jerry Fielding.