Blu-ray, DVD Release: Straw Dogs (1971)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 27, 2017
Price: DVD $17.14, Blu-ray $24.07
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The disturbing 1971 thriller Straw Dogs is arguably Sam Peckinpah’s (The Wild Bunch) most controversial film.

David (Dustin Hoffman, Little Fockers), a young American mathematician, moves with his English wife, Amy (Susan George, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry), 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 the masterful Peckinpah’s eloquent and bloody vision of humanity.

Criterion’s editions of the classic movie contain the following:

* 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
* An essay by scholar and critic Joshua Clover

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.