Straw Dogs Blu-ray
Criterion | 1971 | 117 min | Rated R | Jun 27, 2017
Single disc (1 BD-50)
Straw Dogs (1971)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
Expresses the belief that manhood requires rites of violence when a young couple's idyllic life is disrupted and forever changed when the violence and savagery they sought to escape suddenly engulfs them.
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Writers: David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah, Gordon Williams
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna, Del Henney, Jim Norton
In this thriller, arguably Sam Peckinpah's most controversial film, David (Dustin Hoffman), a young American mathematician, moves with his English wife, Amy (Susan George), to the village where she grew up. Their sense of safety unravels as the local men David has hired to repair their house prove more interested in leering at Amy and intimidating David, beginning an agonizing initiation into the iron laws of violent masculinity that govern Peckinpah's world. Working outside the U.S. for the first time, the filmmaker airlifts the ruthlessness of the western frontier into Cornwall in Straw Dogs, pushing his characters to their breaking points as the men brutalize Amy and David discovers how far he'll go to protect his home—culminating in a harrowing climax that lays out this cinematic mastermind's eloquent and bloody vision of humanity.
- NEW, RESTORED 4K DIGITAL TRANSFER, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 2003 by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies
- Mantrap: "Straw Dogs"—The Final Cut, a 2003 documentary about the making of the film, featuring cast and crew
- Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, a 1993 documentary about the director featuring actors Kris Kristofferson, Jason Robards, Ali MacGraw, and many others
- New conversation between film critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode, who worked as one of the editors on the film
- New interview with film scholar Linda Williams about the controversies surrounding the film
- Archival interviews with actor Susan George, producer Daniel Melnick, and Peckinpah biographer Garner Simmons
- Behind-the-scenes footage
- TV spots and trailers
- PLUS: An essay by scholar and critic Joshua Clover
STREET DATE: JUNE 27.