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Straw Dogs: 40th anniversary Blu-ray - Preview

Straw Dogs

Preview by Jack Foley

COINCIDING with its 40th anniversary and with the forthcoming remake, 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 October 24, 2011.

Discover more about the original in a series of articles running on totalfanhub which will include reactions to the remake, plus details of the screening of the original at The Barbican in London on November 9.

And for your shelf we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away for two lucky winners.

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 (Hoffman) and his British-born wife Amy (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.

Win Straw Dogs on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Straw Dogs on Blu-ray, we’re offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Upon which book is Straw Dogs based?

Simply send the answer to Straw Dogs 40th Bray competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email