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Tuesday
Oct042011

Straw Dogs compared: an in-depth look at the 1971 original and 2011 remake

As the release date for this year’s version of Straw Dogs approached, I noticed that expectations among my friends and fellow film-lovers were strikingly polarized. Those already familiar with Sam Peckinpah’s version decried the remake as blasphemy, boldly proclaiming that it would never pack the same punch as its predecessor. On the other hand, many were unaware that it was a remake at all, having never seen, or even heard of, the 1971 version. Though I was familiar with the original, I had never given it a proper viewing (it languinshed for years in the depths of my “to watch” list). But seeing the remake stoked my curiosity, and I finally sat down to watch the original and gauge for myself what all the fuss was about. What follows below is a fairly comprehensive comparison between the two--thoughts and impressions on several major components of each film, and how they stack up.

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