Straw Dogs [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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Synopsis

Sam Peckinpah examines the instinctual capacity for violence in his controversial 1971 film, loosely based on the novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm. To avoid the Vietnam-era social chaos in the U.S., American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) moves with his British wife, Amy (Susan George), to the isolated Cornish town where she grew up, but their presence provokes antagonism among the village's men. As the hostilities escalate from routine bullying to the gang rape of his wife, David finds his pacifistic self backed into a corner. When the hooligans attack his house, David finally resorts to the gruesome violence that he abhors. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

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Release Date
6/27/17 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
1 hour, 57 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New, restored 4k digital transfer
  • 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
Number of Discs
2

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