Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

Director: Sam Peckinpah Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan
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Straw Dogs

This is the uncut version of Straw Dogs, a film that has excited controversy and discussion since the day it was released -- is it a flawed masterpiece, a misogynistic shambles, a brilliant satire, or a stumbling allegory on the condition of Western civilization? It is indisputably a Sam Peckinpah film that once again addresses the subject of being male in an uncertain world. Anchor Bay has chosen to release a full-length, unrated cut and seems to have based the transfer on a new or uncirculated print. There are no print blemishes, scratches, or speckles visible throughout the length of the disc, and no indication of print fade. While the overall tone is somewhat subdued, the image is generally strong and clear. It does jitter slightly and briefly in a couple of places, but this is barely noticeable. Anchor Bay's box notes claim a 1.77:1 (non-anamorphic) letterboxing, but it measures out more closely to a traditional 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Color balance is excellent, and flesh tones are accurate, if subdued, with little evidence of compression artifacts or edge enhancement during the course of the movie. There are several scenes with deep "fog" -- technicians going overboard with smoke machines -- that show no problems whatsoever. Blacks are very solid and detailed, which is valuable in this movie because much of the last third requires various characters to be moving in and out of dark areas. The mono soundtrack is robust, treating Jerry Fielding's score quite well. Dialogue is quite comprehensible, with noise and hum almost entirely eliminated throughout. The DVD is movie-only, with no extras, and has 13 chapter stops. It is packaged in a keep case with a four-page insert.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/1999
UPC: 0013131060799
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:58:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.77:1]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman David
Susan George Amy
Peter Vaughan Tom Hedden
T.P. McKenna Maj. Scott
David Warner Henry Niles
Colin Welland Rev. hood
Cherina Mann Mrs. Hood
Ken Hutchison Scutt
Jim Norton Cawsey
Del Henney Venner
Sally Thomsett Janice
Donald Webster Riddaway
Len Jones Bobby Hedden
Michael Mundell Bertie Hedden
Peter Arne John Niles
Robert Keegan Harry Ware
June Brown Mrs. Hedden
Chloe Franks Emma Hedden

Technical Credits
Sam Peckinpah Director,Screenwriter
Ken Bridgeman Art Director
John Coquillon Cinematographer
Garth Craven Editor
Paul Davies Editor
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Harry Frampton Makeup
David Zelag Goodman Screenwriter
Tony Lawson Editor
Daniel Melnick Producer
Tiny Nicholls Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
John Richardson Special Effects
Ray Simm Production Designer
Roger Spottiswoode Editor
Robert Wolfe Editor

Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start/Credits [5:31]
2. Last Call [10:17]
3. Something Funny [5:02]
4. Night Moves [7:20]
5. Exposed [11:25]
6. The Vicar And His Wife [2:49]
7. In Need Of Help [3:24]
8. A Trap [9:59]
9. Gone Hunting [15:28]
10. Chruch Social [11:28]
11. After Blood [15:04]
12. Gone Too Far [17:50]
13. End Credits [1:34]

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