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Straw Dogs [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.6 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305297282
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Format: Blu-ray
Don't be fooled by the "Fully Restored" claim on the cover of this monstrosity. The transfer is poor with very bright whites and overbearing contrast. I may have to keep the disc for the extras as I don't think I could handle the guilt of selling this disc to some poor unsuspecting soul. The most fascinating extra is the before and after "restoration" comparison where Freemantle tries to convince us that they actually improved the image of this film. Whether the source print or Freemantle's tinkering is to blame for the poor transfer, I could not say. I'm just sorry that I rewarded them with my purchase, but I hope I can prevent others from making the same mistake. I agree with the other reviewers that suggest the region free US Blu ray or get the region 1 Criterion DVD. I will never preorder another Freemantle release. The movie itself is excellent and deserves better representation than this on Blu ray. My most dissapointing Blu ray purchase yet.
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This is a great film. It isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea due to its graphic scenes, but it is intelligent and has stood the test of time well. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for this new blu-ray 'remaster'. The picture quality is appalling, with contrast pushed up so high that whites are bleached out and blacks lose all detail. And colours have been changed too, with unnatural greens and the sky almost white rather than blue. Watch the 'Before & After' feature and you can see how natural the colours were BEFORE the restoration. They have completely ruined it. There are quite a lot of good bonus features, particularly the extended interviews, but very little that hasn't been available before. The poor picture quality means that i cannot recommend this disc.
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Format: DVD
Sam Peckinpah's Cornish western has a heritage of controversy trailing in its wake. Perceived by turns as being misogynistic, exploitative, pornographic and gratuitously violent, it was labelled a "video nasty" in the 1980's and was consequently banned from view in the UK until the tail end of the nineties. An intriguing pedigree.

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).
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Format: Blu-ray
A great film, so I was really looking forward to the ''Fully Restored'' 40th Anniversary Edition Blu ray from Fremantle.
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!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The US blu-ray only has a trailer and TV spots as extras.

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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of Sam Peckinpah’s darker and more disturbing films. Perhaps also one of his most controversial. The underlying message – if there is one – is that men and women are subject to basic instincts over which they have no control, particularly with regard to sex and violence. I found it difficult to get a handle on both the Dustin Hoffman character and the Susan George character and kept asking myself: Is this really how they’d behave? Leaving that aside, the film is exciting and thought provoking. The menace builds slowly into a bloody climax. The acting was excellent and Peter Vaughan’s portrayal of the homicidal alcoholic was chilling. The DVD is advertised as uncut, but it only runs for 113 minute instead of the original 117 minutes, so there must have been some cuts and I believe some of the rape scene is missing. This is a classic film and well worth watching not only for the entertainment value, but also for the awkward questions it raises about the less attractive aspects of human nature.
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