Straw Dogs [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1971]

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Special Features

  • Archival interviews with actor Susan George, Producer Daniel Melnick, and Peckinpah biographer Garner Simmons
  • Audio Commentary from 2003 by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolet Movies
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Mantrap: 'Straw Dogs' - The Final Cut, a 2003 documentary about the making of the film
  • 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
  • New, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Plus: An essay by scholar and critic Joshua Clover and a 1974 interview with Peckinpah
  • Sam Peckinpagh: Man of Iron, A 1993 documentary
  • TV Spots and Trailers


Straw Dogs
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

Cast & Crew

  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman - David
  • Susan George
    Susan George - Amy
  • Peter Vaughan
    Peter Vaughan - Tom Hedden
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    T.P. McKenna - Maj. Scott
  • David Warner
    David Warner - Henry Niles

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