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Straw Dogs Blu-ray

United States
Unrated Version Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1971 | 118 min | Unrated | Sep 06, 2011

Straw Dogs (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (37.41 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 4.1 of 54.1
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 1.2 of 51.2
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Straw Dogs

 (1971)

Straw Dogs Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Expresses the belief that manhood requires rites of violence when a young couple's idyllic life is disrupted and forever changed when the violence and savagery they sought to escape suddenly engulfs them.

For more about Straw Dogs and the Straw Dogs Blu-ray release, see Straw Dogs Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Del Henney, David Warner, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna
Director: Sam Peckinpah

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Straw Dogs Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Straw Dogs receives a solid upgrade on Blu-ray, with a 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer faithfully framed in the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Most other aspects of the transfer seem faithful as well. DNR hasn't been used to slather the film's textures to oblivion—grain remains rich, if noticeably heavy at times—and there are no halo-ish leftovers from injudiciously applied edge enhancement. The print used probably could've been cleaned up a bit better—there are semi-frequent but small white specks that would've been easy to remove with enough time and effort—but there are no major scratches, stains, or warpage. Clarity is much as you'd expect, not quite as sharp as most contemporary films, but more than suitably resolved in high definition, with fine detail visible in close-ups and no instances of pervasive softness. While the scene where David goes duck hunting looks a little rough —extremely grainy and softer than the rest of the film—I don't suspect much could've been done about this. Peckinpah captures the moodiness of the moors here, and the Blu-ray handles the color cinematography well, with dense neutrals and balanced skin tones. Black levels are plenty deep and even in the darkest scenes—the home invasions sequence—you can still make out shadow detail where it's intended. Compression artifacts are limited to some light noise and splotchiness in certain flat colors. I have no doubt the film could look slightly better—in the hands of the Criterion Collection, say—but fans should be pleased with this presentation of Straw Dogs.


Straw Dogs Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Straw Dogs original mono soundtrack has been expanded into a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, but fret not, purists; the mix features no shoed-in new sound effects or unnecessary alterations. The rear channels now mostly serve as bleeding room for Jerry Fielding's score, which sounds wonderful here, albeit a bit on the thin side, as you'd expect from a film now forty years old. The surround speakers also play host to some quiet ambience and occasional effects, but nothing particularly noteworthy or standout-ish; you really have to pay attention to notice any of it. And this, I think, is a good course of action. Rather than taking the gimmicky route—re-engineering the track so that all gunshots ping through the rears, for example—MGM has simply given the original audio a slightly wider berth. Most importantly, dialogue is always clean and easy to understand and there are no distracting hisses, crackles, or drop-outs. The disc includes optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles.



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Straw Dogs Blu-ray - July 29, 2011

Timed to coincide with the theatrical release of director Rod Lurie's remake, MGM Home Entertainment will bring the original Straw Dogs to Blu-ray this September. Directed by Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch), this 1971 thriller examines the damaging effects of psychological ...


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