White Dog. Criterion Collection.

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Didn’t see that one comin’

Just the other day, I was at Amoeba on Sunset and found a bootleg (or some release I was unaware of) of Sam Fuller’s controversial 1982 film White Dog. Glad I held off on buying it because this title is now in very capable hands.

The Criterion Collection announced it is giving White Dog the special edition treatment on December 2nd. Features include:

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the uncut version, approved by producer Jon Davison

• New video interviews with producer Davison, co-writer Curtis Hanson, and Sam Fuller’s widow, Christa Lang-Fuller

• An interview with dog trainer Karl Lewis-Miller

• Rare photos from the film’s production

• PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critics J. Hoberman and Armond White, plus a rare 1982 interview in which Fuller interviews the canine star of the film

If you’ve never seen White Dog, it stars Kristy McNichol as a young actress who adopts a lost German shepherd, only to discover that the dog has been trained to attack black people. Paul Winfield plays the animal trainer who tries to cure him.

As Criterion rightfully states, the film is a “snarling, uncompromising vision…a tragic portrait of the evil done by that most corruptible of animals: the human being.”

Source: Criterion Collection