Straw Dogs available fully uncut in the UK - Full DVD Details!

In a much publicised decision earlier this summer the BBFC finally passed Sam Peckinpah's notoriously controversial 1971 film Straw Dogs completely uncut with an 18 certificate for video and DVD release in the UK. You can read the full statement from the BBFC on their website here.

Fremantle Home Entertainment have been busy collecting extra material for their Region 2 DVD release of Straw Dogs that is now scheduled for October 7th 2002 with a retail price of £19.99. Their efforts would appear to have yielded great results, as the following list of special features is impressive to say the least!

  • Television South West on location documentary (7 mins 30 secs)
  • 1971 BBC on location documentary (10 mins 30 sec)
  • 1971 Original US Theatrical Trailer (1 min 50 secs)
  • 1971 Original US TV ad spots 10' 30' & 60' secs
  • 1971 Original US Radio ad spots 30' & 60' secs
  • Experts commentary with Peckinpah biographers Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons & David Weddle
  • Commentary with Katy Haber, Dialogue Director and Peckinpah's lover/assistant
  • Isolated Oscar nominated Jerry Fielding score in stereo featuring additional scores
  • Interview with Peckinpah's Biographer Garner Simmons (20 – 30 mins)
  • Interview with Susan George (20 – 30 mins)
  • Info on deleted scenes (via shooting script & stills)
  • History of Straw Dogs and the Censor
  • Behind the B&W scenes/on location stills (28)
  • Original B&W publicity stills: UK (20) US (2)
    • Original colour publicity stills: Germany (15) France (3)
    • Original colour lobby cards: Spain (12)
    • Original 1971 films posters from around the world (9) & set of Spanish film posters (9)

  • Trivia and film facts eg:
    • Various film reviews of the time
    • What is a Straw Dog?
    • Production information
    • Film Trivia
    • Uncut article from Dec 2001
    • Biographies: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Sam Peckinpah, Dan Melnick, Jerry Fielding
    • 1999 BBFC letter of rejection
    • Harold Pinter & Peckinpah letters
    • Peckinpah letter to Richard Harris
    • Dan Melnick & Peckinpah letters/memos
    • Dan Melnick & Stephen Murphy of BBFC letters
    • New York Times critics article
    • London film critics Letter to The Times
    • Stephen Murphy reply to The Times letter
There are no exact specifications for the films audio/visual presentation yet other than it will be ‘Digitally re-mastered in Widescreen’, as the front cover shows…

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