Straw Dogs Film Still

Straw Dogs

Sam Peckinpah

 
Straw Dogs (Criterion Blu-Ray)

27 Jun 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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

In this thriller, perhaps 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.

Cast

David SumnerDustin Hoffman
AmySusan George
Tom HeddenPeter Vaughan
Major John ScottT. P. McKenna
Charlie VennerDel Henney
RiddawayDonald Webster
Chris CawseyJim Norton
Norman ScuttKen Hutchison
Bobby HeddenLen Jones
Janice HeddenSally Thomsett
Bertie HeddenMichael Mundell
Mrs. HeddenJune Brown
Emma HeddenChloe Frank
Harry WareRobert Keegan
John NilesPeter Arne
Mrs. HoodCherina Schaer
Reverend HoodColin Welland

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
  • 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
  • Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, a 1993 documentary
  • New conversation between critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode, one of the editors on the film
  • New interview with film scholar Linda Williams about the film’s controversies
  • 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 and a 1974 interview with Peckinpah

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

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Straw Dogs: Home Like No Place

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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Navigating the Cruel World of Straw Dogs

June 30, 2017

Film scholar Linda Williams explores the political implications of Sam Peckinpah’s brutal suspense film and its highly controversial intermingling of sex and violence. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_730id_274_thumbnail

Straw Dogs: Home Like No Place

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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