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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.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION 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, 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
-TV spots and trailers
-PLUS: An essay by scholar and critic Joshua Clover
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In addition to the film looking completely restored and fantastic, you will see some awesome special features. "The Final Cut" is a 2003 documentary which interviews members from the cast and crew and invites them to recall their experiences, and even join in an excursion the to the farm house seen in the film where all the graphic violence takes place!
The real gem, however, is the 1993 documentary, called "Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron", with a running time of 82 minutes. Apparently, it is just an excerpt from a longer documentary, but this will satisfy your appetite for the purposes of this blu-ray! It's a very entertaining and informative documentary, featuring many interview from Kris Kristofferson, LQ Jones, Jason Robards and James Coburn. Great stuff, very revealing!!
If you have any interest in Sam Peckinpah or The American New Wave Movement ('70's Cinema) then you should certainly see this version of the movie for your viewing pleasure!
and criterion have done an excellent Job with the films transfer and also added new extras aswell
probably the best blu-ray version of straw Dogs to get
the films 1:85:1 HD transfer has been given a new 4k makeover which looks amazing No Grain No dirt & excellent color restoration
the best the film has ever looked actually much better than the MGM blu-ray from 5 years ago
the sound quality is only a 1.0 Master stereo mix which i thought would sound very poor quality
i was expecting a 5.1 master mix but as it turns out the 1.0 mix sounds very Good actually
1st is a new 53min retrospective MAN TRAP Doco on the film, it's not new at all it was filmed for British TV back in 2003
i guess criterion bought the rights to put it on this blu-ray
an excellent Doco anyway, has 2003 recorded interviews in HD quality with Dustin Hoffman, susan George, David warner
plus many other cast & crew from the film
2nd is the MAN OF IRON Doco from 1993 remastered in new HD quality but this is the short 95min version
there is a 3hr longer cut with extended interviews which is on the U.K. Arrowfilms blu-ray of BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA
plus an audio commentary from 2003
plus other interviews with Susan George, Dan melnick and others
plus vintage behind the scenes footage
plus the original Trailer and 2 other trailers of the film, stills Photo Gallery, radio spots tv spots
plus with every Criterion blu-ray there's also a thick booklet with interviews in it
Criterion went to Great lengths to make this new blu-ray the ultimate edition of Straw dogs and it Definitely is
so scrap the old MGM blu-ray, and scrap the old 2 disc criterion dvd
buy this new blu-ray reissue, 5 stars for it without a Doubt worth 5 stars
The portrayal of countryside England is wonderful, and there are so many familiar faces in this drama.
Very well done, and almost forgotten Hoffman effort as is "Agatha."
The video quality is theater-quality, and the sound is one of the best audio jobs I've ever heard. Packaging is amazing.