The other three movies may be lesser known, but are all worth experiencing. Ride the High Country (1962), starring Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, is Peckinpah's first great film and a bridge between the genre's classics—from the likes of John Ford and Howard Hawks—to the revisionist renaissance about to be led by Peckinpah and Sergio Leone. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) is his last great Western, restored to a longer cut. Peckinpah's take on the oft-told legend is a love-it-or-leave-it proposition, but Bob Dylan's music (he also has a small role) and the offbeat casting of Kris Kristofferson as Billy make it at least worth a look. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) is the biggest surprise for those who think they've got Peckinpah figured out. Made just after The Wild Bunch, it is a charming and funny parable about a man (Jason Robards) left for dead in the desert who stumbles upon a waterhole, and the little bit of the American Dream he builds around it. It's full of a gentleness and humor Peckinpah's name does not usually evoke.
All of the discs in the Legendary Westerns collection come loaded with bonus features, much of it all-new. Each film is sold individually, or in a boxed set.