Straw Dogs [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Essentially, what we have is a movie that uproots some of the values, morality and themes governing the mythic cinematic western and transplants them into an English backwater community. The locals are restless, being envious of and despising the American strangers (Dustin Hoffman and wife Susan George) who intrude on their redneck world. The fact that Hoffman's wife used to be one of their own serves to make matters worse, increasing both tension and conflict.
Hoffman wants to avoid trouble and remain peaceable, but ultimately is pushed too far when his cat is killed, wife is raped and his homestead is laid siege to by his tormentors. He stubbornly offers shelter to Niles, the village idiot, who has just inadvertently killed a young girl. His refusal to surrender the man to the (lynch) mob initiates the violent finale. The stage is set for a man doing what a man's gotta do, and this translates as holding the fort whilst killing and maiming as many of the attacking natives as possible.
The controversy surrounding the film stems primarily from the issues of sex and violence. When Amy (Susan George) is raped by one villager she responds ambiguously by first seeming resistant and naturally unwilling to participate and then appearing to enjoy the experience, encouraging her attacker (who is also an ex-boyfriend).Read more ›
I wish I'd checked the reviews out on here first, though.
Quite simply a dreadful picture, the worst I've ever seen on Blu ray. My old DVD was far better!
One star for the extras.
Avoid this release!
The UK blu-ray has lots of extras including commentaries, a vintage featurette, retrospective interviews etc.
But the US blu-ray is far superior to the UK release because it has such an excellent transfer. I can't begin to describe how poor the UK transfer is in comparison to the US one.
If you love this film, don't put up with the awful UK transfer. The US blu-ray is the only way to view the film, and looks superb.
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A great film, 5 Stars without reservation. But the picture quality on this blu ray transfer is appalling, 1 Star generously! And the colours? Read morePublished 2 months ago by AMX
gritty,perverse.Dustin was a serious young man in those days and conveys the shift from wimp to warrior very well. A brutal look at (and argument against) living in small villagesPublished 4 months ago by R. Campbell