Criterion releases Straw Dogs

Before Quentin Tarantino and John Woo, Sam Peckinpah filled the screen with a violence previously unknown in cinema. One of his more shocking dramas is coming to DVD as part of the Criterion Collection; the Dustin Hoffman film Straw Dogs.

When David hires a crew of locals to repair his barn, the men begin to harass the couple–but passive David does nothing to stop them. The harassment continues and intensifies, yet David ignores it. Finally, the men push him too far. The result is a once complacent, mild-mannered man lashing-out in an animalistic struggle to preserve his home and his life.

A step u prom the previous DVD release, the new disc will feature the uncut version of the film in anamorphic widescreen. An audio commentary with film scholar Stephen Prince, Dustin Hoffman behind the scenes footage, video interviews, an isolated score, TV spots and a theatrical trailer are all included.

The new DVD will arrive on March 11th with a suggested retail price of $39.95. The spine number will be 182.

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