Straw Dogs Another of MGM's bargain-basement DVDs of their back-library titles, this latest version of the scandalous Sam Peckinpah drama uses the same crisp "extended cut" as…
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Straw Dogs (2003)

Dustin Hoffman, Straw Dogs | THE LAST 'STRAW' Hoffman goes vigilante in ''Dogs''
Image credit: Straw Dogs: Everett Collection
THE LAST 'STRAW' Hoffman goes vigilante in ''Dogs''

Details Release Dates: Oct 19, 2004 and Mar 25, 2003; Release Dates: Oct 19, 2004 and Mar 25, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Dustin Hoffman and Susan George

Another of MGM's bargain-basement DVDs of their back-library titles, this latest version of the scandalous Sam Peckinpah drama uses the same crisp ''extended cut'' as the out-of-print Criterion edition but drops the extras. No matter: Straw Dogs is still a brutal and upsetting take on the battle of the sexes (wimpy mathematician Dustin Hoffman and luscious, frustrated wife Susan George) and the war for survival (Hoffman's cathartic revenge on the small-town thugs terrorizing his home). Death Wish for macho intellectuals? Absolutely — but also cauterizing moviemaking.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints