Copycat

Copycat

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Director: Jon Amiel

Cast: Jon Amiel, Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney

     
 

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Jon Amiel's substandard serial killer thriller gets a superb DVD release from Warner Brothers. The disc offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are available in

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Jon Amiel's substandard serial killer thriller gets a superb DVD release from Warner Brothers. The disc offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are available in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include an audio commentary by the director, production notes, and a theatrical trailer. This is a great disc, no matter what one thinks of the movie itself.

Editorial Reviews

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After the phenomenal success of 1991's Silence of the Lambs, serial killer movies aspired to avoid "typical" grisly killings, instead devising the cleverest murders possible. 1995's Seven had its arty killer referencing classical literature; that same year, in Copycat, the killer mimics the famous real-life murders of the Son of Sam, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy. The stylish, pretentious Seven was by far more successful at the box office, but in fact, Copycat is a more likable thriller. Though the script is often unfocused and implausible, it features a functional mystery, and director Jon Amiel (responsible for the divine British mini-series The Singing Detective) creates much tension by balancing character-building scenes with the action. There are very good performances all around: Sigourney Weaver, in a part similar her role in Death and the Maiden, is typically skillful; but it is Holly Hunter and the Frank Sinatra-esque Harry Connick Jr., playing a hillbilly killer, who stand out the most.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/1998
UPC:
0085391416821
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Feature-length audio commentary by director Jon Amiel; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Helen Hudson
Holly Hunter M.J. Monahan
Dermot Mulroney Ruben Goetz
William McNamara Peter Foley
Will Patton Nicoletti
Harry Connick Daryll Lee Cullum
J.E. Freeman Quinn
John Rothman Andy
Tony Haney Kerby
Danny Kovacs Kostas
Terry Brown Cop 2
Rob Nilsson SWAT Commander
Charles Branklyn Doc
Bill Bonham Photographer
Jay Jacobus Judge
Ron Kaell Mac
Kelvin Han Yee Chinese Detective
James Cunningham Hal
Victor Talmadge Head Waiter
Stephanie Smith Disturbed Tenant 1
David Ferguson Dock On-Looker
Diane Amos Gigi
Christopher Beale Tech Guy
Robert Benscoter Disturbed Tenant
Gena Bingham Victim In Car At Gas Station
Edith Bryson Landlady
Russ Christoff Commissioner Petrillo
Jeni Chua Michelle
Richard Conti Harvey
Kelly De Martino Festival Girl
Scott W. de Venney Cop
Thomas J. Fieweger Bodger The Cop
Katherine Fitzhugh Disturbed Tenant
Arlon G. Greene Jogger
Bob Greene Pachulski
Vincenetta Gunn Screaming Woman
Corie Henninger Jogger
Floyd Gale Holland L. Bottemy
Bert Kinyon Burt
Rebecca Klingler Peter's Wife
Lee Kopp Haircut Man
Kenny Kwong Chinese Kid
Damon Lawner Festival Dude
Anthony Moore Uniformed Policeman
John Charles Morris Young Peter
Doug Morrison SWAT
Shannon O'Hurley Susan Schiffer
William Oates Man In Corridor
Keith Phillips Felix Mendoza
Hansford Prince Fred
Dennis Richmond KXBU Anchorman
Tahmus Rounds Landis
Brian Russell Coroner's Man
Nick Scoggin Conrad
Johnetta Shearer Paramedic
David Michael Silverman Mike
Eleva Singleton Paramedic
S.J. Spinali Disturbed Tenant
Kathleen Stefano Peter's Mother
Donald West Attorney
Stuart W. Yee Thug

Technical Credits
Jon Amiel Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Ann Biderman Screenwriter
Claudia Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Co-producer
Matthew Carlisle Asst. Director
Jim Clark Editor
Jim Clay Production Designer
Catherine Davis Set Decoration/Design
Stephan Dupuis Makeup
John Fiedler Executive Producer
Hilbert Hakim Asst. Director
Alan Heim Editor
Billy Hopkins Casting
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
David Madsen Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael Nathanson Executive Producer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Chris Seagers Art Director
Suzanne Smith Casting
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects
Mark Tarlov Producer
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Identifying a Serial Killer. [3:48]
2. Rest Room Menace. [3:20]
3. 13 Months Later. [3:13]
4. Taking Down Suspects. [2:15]
5. Victim in the Making. [1:11]
6. One Pushy Broad. [5:26]
7. Just Beyond Reach. [1:30]
8. Crack Caller. [4:36]
9. Unwanted Visitors. [6:13]
10. A Killer's Calling Card. [2:01]
11. Wardrobe Change. [2:39]
12. After Hours. [1:54]
13. About Power. [4:00]
14. Victim Preview for the Pinup Girl. [4:50]
15. Wrong Category. [1:32]
16. In Peter's Basement [2:51]
17. Hillside Corpse. [2:17]
18. Just Getting Started. [4:15]
19. Doing Son of Sam. [2:14]
20. Stalked. [6:20]
21. The Frightful Truth. [2:34]
22. Crystal Clear Orders (Murder by Numbers). [2:15]
23. The Profile. [3:10]
24. Bedroom Invasion. [1:58]
25. Death and Life. [5:13]
26. In the Line of Duty. [3:36]
27. The Wrong Result. [2:50]
28. Death Close to Home. [4:27]
29. Positive ID. [3:21]
30. Fiery Dead End. [2:01]
31. Invitation Accepted. [1:12]
32. A Day Late and a Dollar Short. [3:09]
33. Everything Just So. [4:56]
34. M. J. on the Scene. [2:00]
35. Deadly Strike. [1:28]
36. Fighting Back. [1:23]
37. Out in the Open. [1:09]
38. Hitting the Mark. [1:54]
39. For Glory and Vengeance; End Credits (Murder by Numbers). [7:38]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Identifying a Serial Killer. [3:48]
2. Rest Room Menace. [3:20]
3. 13 Months Later. [3:13]
4. Taking Down Suspects. [2:15]
5. Victim in the Making. [1:11]
6. One Pushy Broad. [5:26]
7. Just Beyond Reach. [1:30]
8. Crack Caller. [4:36]
9. Unwanted Visitors. [6:13]
10. A Killer's Calling Card. [2:01]
11. Wardrobe Change. [2:39]
12. After Hours. [1:54]
13. About Power. [4:00]
14. Victim Preview for the Pinup Girl. [4:50]
15. Wrong Category. [1:32]
16. In Peter's Basement [2:51]
17. Hillside Corpse. [2:17]
18. Just Getting Started. [4:15]
19. Doing Son of Sam. [2:14]
20. Stalked. [6:20]
21. The Frightful Truth. [2:34]
22. Crystal Clear Orders (Murder by Numbers). [2:15]
23. The Profile. [3:10]
24. Bedroom Invasion. [1:58]
25. Death and Life. [5:13]
26. In the Line of Duty. [3:36]
27. The Wrong Result. [2:50]
28. Death Close to Home. [4:27]
29. Positive ID. [3:21]
30. Fiery Dead End. [2:01]
31. Invitation Accepted. [1:12]
32. A Day Late and a Dollar Short. [3:09]
33. Everything Just So. [4:56]
34. M. J. on the Scene. [2:00]
35. Deadly Strike. [1:28]
36. Fighting Back. [1:23]
37. Out in the Open. [1:09]
38. Hitting the Mark. [1:54]
39. For Glory and Vengeance; End Credits (Murder by Numbers). [7:38]

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Copycat 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This movie was fantastic. It was suspenseful. The cast was brilliant I thought Sigourney Weaver did a great job playing a retired, agoraphobic criminal psychologist. It was the first movie I've seen with Holly Hunter, and I was very impressed at what a great job she did. Harry Connick Jr was really creepy as a crazy killer, Darryl Lee Cullum. I loved it. Due to language and graphic content, which isn't too bad, I wouldn't recommend anyone under 12 watching this movie.
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