Major Dundee is reminiscent, at times, of an earlier "DIRTY DOZEN". Charlton Heston stars as a Union officer after a bunch of Apaches. His method of tracking them down? Organizing a bunch of criminals, Confederate prisoners and the like, for the pursuers.
While the "director's" cut has long been discussed, this "extended version" isn't exactly the same thing. While it does included restored footage, there is footage that has never been found either.
SONY has preserved the film's original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and there's exquisite detail in virtually every scene. Contrast is impressive, with deep grays and blacks.
SONY has provided both the original mono track and a new Dolby Digital 5.1 remix. Surrounds are limited to boosting the score, but there are no rear effects. Dialogue is always intelligible, although there is some minor distortion.
The original mono track is joined by a 5.1 remix. This avoids the usual sins of such remixes, in that there are no surround voices. In fact, there are essentially no surround effects at all. To compensate for this, the music is spectacularly rich and full, with very nice placement of individual parts. The dialogue occasionally suffers from some minor distortion, but given the vintage of the film, overall the sound is very impressive.
A commentary track with Peckinpah experts, is included. There are several featurettes, and plenty of other extras for fans as well.