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Chris And Phil Present Review

CHRIS AND PHIL PRESENT look at the extra features on the new Bluray edition of Straw Dogs:

"Unlike its American counterpart, which has been released for over a month now, the UK Blu-ray release features a wealth of extras for fans of the film to take in which explore a number of aspects of the film’s production including academic essays and reactions to the controversy the film generated upon its release.

Highlights include an antiquated behind the scenes making of which goes to show just how far such things have come over the years as well as interviews with the key cast. There’s also an incredibly insightful interview with Peckinpah’s biographer that explores the impact of the film, its standing within his back catalogue, and the directors dark side and troubled personal life."

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"Controversy aside, STRAW DOGS simply works as a well-made and effective thriller which takes its time to build tension with its taut and tense first half, only to become spectacularly unhinged during its exciting house invasion climax. Peckinpah’s usual flair for bloody action and unconventional editing, is marvelously exploited in a unique mix of rural English drama and brutal western."

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The Most Controversial Films Of All Time

Straw Dogs featured in THE INDEPENDENT list of the 21 most controversial films of all time:

“The initial rape scene was criticised, as Amy begins to find it pleasurable due to a sexual history with the rapist. Feminist cinema critics accused director Peckinpah of glamorizing rape and the BBFC asked for cuts to the scene, but the film was finally passed fully uncut for DVD in September 2002.”

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The Siege Begins

The tensions that slowly build throughout the running time of Straw Dogs lead to an almost inevitable confrontation… Let the siege begin!


Coinciding with its 40th anniversary and with the forthcoming theatrical release (on 4th November 2011) of the remake directed by Rod Lurie and starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard and James Woods, director Sam Peckinpah’s notorious thriller Straw Dogs has been carefully restored and remastered for release on two-disc DVD and for the first time ever as a features-packed Special Edition Blu-ray on 24th October 2011.

Based on Gordon M. Williams's novel The Siege Of Trencher's Farm, and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, Straw Dogs marked Peckinpah's first directorial step outside the Western genre and into a contemporary (and uniquely British) setting. The result is an unflinching and uncompromising study of primal, barbaric brutality that is generally regarded as one of the strongest statements about violence ever put on screen.

Quiet American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) and his British-born wife Amy (Susan George) relocate to Amy's rural English hometown in an attempt to flee the violent social unrest brewing in the US. When David hires some locals, including a former boyfriend of Amy's, to repair his barn, the couple find themselves being subtly harassed and bullied by the workmen. The more the pacifist David ignores the problem, the more the harassment intensifies, leading to terrifying consequences as he ultimately finds himself forced to defend his home and his life, discovering a frighteningly vicious side to himself as events escalate towards a bloody climax.

Boasting outstanding performances from the two leads (particularly Hoffman), a brilliant support cast, and Jerry Fielding's superb Oscar-nominated score, Straw Dogs, in the 40 years since its original release, has lost none of its intense, visceral power to thrill and shock in equal measure. Undisputedly a director ahead of his time, Sam Peckinpah's uncompromising approach often saw him being reviled and vilified in some quarters while being hailed in others. Nonetheless, in Straw Dogs he displays a cinematic artistry very few filmmakers have touched upon before or since.

Straw Dogs (cert. 18) will be released on Blu-ray (£17.99) and two-disc DVD (£15.99) by FremantleMedia Enterprises on 24th October 2011.

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Distributor:
FremantleMedia International
Certificate:
18
Release date:
24th October, 2011
Running time:
113 minutes Uncut
Price:
£15.99 (DVD), £17.99
Region:
Region 2
Extras:

Special Features include: audio commentary by Katy Haber (Dialogue Director and Peckinpah's associate, close friend and PA); audio commentary by Peckinpah biographers Garner Simmons, David Weddle and Paul Seydor; isolated Oscar nominated score by Jerry Fielding; 2.0 Stereo audio; optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired interviews with actress Susan George, producer Dan Melnick and Garner Simmons (author of “Peckinpah: A Portrait In Montage); stills galleries; original US theatrical trailer; TV and radio spots; 1971 on location documentary; Before and After restoration comparisons; Straw Dogs and the Censors; The Peckinpah-Pinter Letters; Sam and Dan correspondence; Why Call The Film Straw Dogs?; The Dan Melnick-BBFC Letters; the Times review and critic outrage; New York Times articles; 1972 BBFC defence against local authority banning; 1999 BBFC Home Video Statement; 2002 BBFC Home Video Statement; 2001 Uncut magazine feature; Consider This A Bad Review; the deleted Pub Scene; film facts and trivia.

Director:
Sam Peckipah
Stars:
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Susan George
  • David Warner

Credits

Distributor:
FremantleMedia International
Certificate:
18
Release date:
24th October, 2011
Director:
Sam Peckipah
Stars:

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