Straw Dogs (40th Anniversary Edition) DVD

Sam Peckinpah, 1971


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Film Details

Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Produced in 1971

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

Film Description

Based on Gordon M. Williams's novel 'The Siege of Trencher's Farm', and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs is an unflinching study of primal, barbaric brutality that is generally regarded as one of the strongest statements about violence ever put on screen. It was banned in the UK from 1984 to 2002.

David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) is a quiet American mathematician who comes to live in a Cornish farmhouse with his wife Amy (Susan George). The locals don't take kindly to the young couple's presence, and begin a bullying campaign against them; when this escalates to rape and a direct assault upon the farmhouse, the ordinarily timid David begins to fight back.

Boasting outstanding performances from the two leads, a brilliant supporting cast and Jerry Fielding's superb Oscar-nominated score, Straw Dogs, in the thirty-one years since its original release, has lost none of its intense, visceral power to thrill and shock in equal measure.

DVD Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: Fremantle Home Entertainment

Length: 113 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 0

Released: 24th October 2011

Cat No: FHED2801

DVD Extras

  • 2 discs
  • 1971 On location documentary
  • 1971 Original US theatrical trailer
  • 1971 US TV & radio spots
  • Commentary from Sam Peckinpah Biographers
  • Commentary from close friend and PA of Sam Peckinpah: Katy Haber
  • Interviews with Susan George, Producer Dan Melnick and Sam Peckinpah Biographer Garner Simmons
  • Isolated Jerry Fielding score in Stereo with additional cues
  • On location stills
  • Original publicity stills
  • Film posters & lobby cards
  • History of Straw Dogs and the Censors
  • Reviews, filmographies, facts & fascinating correspondence
  • Before and After: Restoring a classic.

Community Reviews

by Anon on 12th September 2002

Oh my goodness me. My first encounter with this was when a college friend lent me a pirate copy with a black and white photocopy of the video cover. Many people have t... Read on


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