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Straw Dogs (Unrated Version) [Blu-ray] (1971)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DMXV8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brace yourself for the extended version of this daring and provocative drama from the director of The Wild Bunch. Starring Dustin Hoffman in a 'superbly realized' (Time) performance, this brilliant (Cue), disturbing film charts one man's brutally violent journey from cowardice to courage and delivers 'one helluva jolt!' (Playboy)

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153 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Peckinpah's Best January 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
People seem to love or hate this movie. I love it. Dustin Hoffman plays professor on "sabbatical" to write a book on astronomy and computers. There is some allusion to his having been driven to his sabbatical (or from his job) because of his refusal to take a stand over some undefined issue at his place of employment. In any case, he retreats to a farmhouse in rural England with his pretty wife, played by Susan George.
When some of the local underemployed thugs start bullying him--(The script and Peckinpah's direction of the actors hits bull's-eye here; having lived in England, I saw the same sort of behavior--punks all over, I guess, have mannerisms of bullying peculiar to their culture.)
The violent climax to this film is--you hate to say it--beautiful. It certainly isn't gorey by today's standards. This, perhaps, is what makes people so uncomfortable about this movie--their own reaction to the violence. Hoffman conveys wonderfully both the fear and the satisfaction his character is experiencing.
At one level, this film exists as a simple tale of revenge. At another level, the movie affirm's Peckinpah's vision of violence as a rite of manhood. Whether this rite is a regrettable one . . . well, that remains arguable, and this ambiguity is part of what makes this such a watchable, and re-watchable, movie.
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110 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That most ugly abstraction November 21, 2001
Format:DVD
Aside from the notoriety, and aside from the viciousness (the film leaves you most of all with a taste of viciousness in your mouth, a sour, bitter, metallic taste, akin to that feeling you get reading "The Tin Drum", the piece of metal stuck in the back of your throat), what you get from "Straw Dogs" is a manifestation of personal demons (specifically, Sam Peckinpah's personal demons, but also, both more generally and more acutely, masculine demons) and an exploration of a certain type of male sexuality.
To do the film justice, you need to plug your brain in. Which, on the surface, may not appear to be the case, because the story - what it is - is relatively simple. It's an English western.
David, a mathematician (Dustin Hoffman), is on sabbatical from the university where he teaches. He has left the states and returned with his wife Amy, (Susan George) to the tiny English village in which she grew up. From the word go, David has to contend with the fact that Amy has a history in the town. He also has to contend with the fact that she is younger than him, and bored. Her boredom serves as a distraction from the reason behind his sabbatical. Amy on the other hand has to live with a quiet, "odd" American who does not give her the attention she requires.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brutal vision of manhood December 3, 1999
Format:DVD
Straw Dogs is a controversial film. Some people hated it, others loved it. The fact is that Sam Peckinpah was a controversial man: in his films, violence was a necessary test that every man had to face in order to prove his manhood. Peckinpah was a hard man, and his vision of life and humanity is shown in Straw Dogs, you may agree with him or not, but you will have to accept the basic concept: in the heart of every coward, burns a beast, a straw dog. And Peckinpah says in his movie that when you are caught in a dangerous situation, you change, and you are capable to kill or do anything in order to survive. No one did it better than this filmmaker, maybe Boorman with Deliverance, but Straw Dogs is a cruel testimony of the cruelty that common men are capable to do.Hoffman is terrific, and in the end, when his house and wife are in danger, his whole coward character changes, and he turns into a explosive and brutal murderer. Susan George carries on a difficult part, the scene of the rape is one of the most shocking and complex images of the seventies.In the end, you will understand why the tagline says that in the eyes of every coward burns a straw dog.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fantasy vs reality December 4, 2005
Format:DVD
About the infamous rape scene...

It's important to bear in mind that this is a work of fiction, not a documentary. In fiction, people do not necessarily behave in ways that people do in real life. It is, for instance, highly unlikely that the meek Dustin Hoffman character could successfully slaughter a half dozen brawny opponents, but that's the story.

The second point to remember is that the rape scene comes in two parts, with two different sexual couplings. The first is merely a "fantasy rape scenario", while the second underlines that point by showing a far more realistic example of rape.

How does fantasy enter into the scenario? Although some may deny it, studies have routinely shown that 'forced sex' fantasies are popular with both genders. Nancy Friday, in "The Secret Garden", documented the popularity of such fantasies with women. Anyone who has ever read a typical romance novel from the 1970s (the time this movie was made) realizes that the 'rape' scenario has played a key role in women's erotica.

This does not mean that women want to be raped (nor that men want to rape them), merely that many women are sexually aroused by fantasizing about non-violent situations where they find themselves overpowered and 'forced' to do what they really want to do. In these fantasy situations, the women are really in total control, of course, because the fantasy takes place only in their own minds. The fantasy 'rapist' does only what they choose for him to do, no more no less. He is, in fact, the puppet in the fantasy, not them. If they chose, they could just as easily fantasize about them raping HIM (another theme that arises in some women's fantasies).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie at a great price
Published 1 month ago by Francis J. Defillippis
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by HORMOZ HEDAYATIFAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw graphic sex and violence
The unrated version did not differ from the movie I saw in the theaters. It is one of the most controversial violent movies of all time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by marriagecoach1
4.0 out of 5 stars "When man traps are illegal, only criminals will have man traps."
It's easy to interpret this film as a "shabby little shocker" that appeals to the audience's most-depraved sensibilities. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Sommerwerck
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Depressing
Published 3 months ago by William H. White
1.0 out of 5 stars Still disappointing.
Saw "Straw Dogs" in the theater when it first came out. At the time, I was among many who thought of Peckinpah as a major player in American film, and I am one of those... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TJ Burnzley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I collect DVDs,I have over 3,500 and this is part of the collection
Published 3 months ago by R D F
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and mostly boring
Wasn't exactly a huge fan of this movie..boring almost throughout. Thought it would be more of like The Last House on the Left, but it failed to meet expectations
Published 4 months ago by Philip
2.0 out of 5 stars A score for useless violation
This is a movie that made no sense to me. A man and his wife live in a desolae area with workmen completing work on the place. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pete N. Austira
3.0 out of 5 stars Over the top, nerve-racking, excessive, uneven
One of the most violent films ever, director Peckinpah tried to tell a pagan tale about a wimpy man who is finally moved to violence against invaders when he realizes a primordial... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ingalls
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