Straw Dogs Film Still

Straw Dogs

Sam Peckinpah

 
Straw Dogs (Criterion Blu-Ray)

27 Jun 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1971
  • 117 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #182

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.

Credits

DirectorSam Peckinpah
ProducerDaniel Melnick
ScreenplaySam Peckinpah and David Z. Goodman
MusicJerry Fielding
Associate producerJames Swann
Production supervisorDerek Kavanagh
CinematographyJohn Coquillon
Camera operatorHerbert Smith
EditingPaul Davies, Roger Spottiswoode and Tony Lawson
Design consultantJulia Trevelyan Oman
Production designRay Simm
Art directionKen Bridgeman
MakeupHarry Frampton

Disc Features

  • 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

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Home Like No Place: Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs

By Joshua Clover March 24, 2003

Straw Dogs turns on a woman’s rape, and one can’t blame pictures for depicting. But the film shows the woman, after some tart resistance, seeming to enjoy it, and this approaches the apex of . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Home Like No Place: Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs

By Joshua Clover March 24, 2003

Straw Dogs turns on a woman’s rape, and one can’t blame pictures for depicting. But the film shows the woman, after some tart resistance, seeming to enjoy it, and this approaches the apex of . . . Read more »

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