New Release: Straw Dogs (1971) Blu-ray

Release Date: Sept. 6, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Straw Dogs movie scene

Dustin Hoffman goes to extremes in Straw Dogs.

One of the toughest and most controversial thrillers of the 1970s, filmmaker Sam Peckinpah’s (The Wild Bunch) notorious Straw Dogs was banned in the United Kingdom for nearly two decades.

The suspenseful 1971 movie tells the story of American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman, Little Fockers) and his British wife Amy (Susan George, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry) who move to an isolated English village. Their presence provokes antagonism among the village’s men, whose routine bullying slowly gives way to vicious brutality. Backed into a corner as his manhood is challenged, the usually pacifistic David is forced to respond with the kind of violent and gruesome attitude that he abhors.

Presented with new 5.1 audio mix, the Straw Dogs Blu-ray contains an original theatrical trailer and three vintage TV commercials as bonus features.

Writer/director Rod Lurie (The Contender) remade the film (in theaters on Sept. 16) starring James Marsden (27 Dresses) and Kate Bosworth (The Warrior’s Way).


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