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Georges Mihalka's thriller Cruel and Unusual comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew filmographies and trailers. This is a solid, if unremarkable release from Columbia TriStar that should be of interest to genre enthusiasts, but might not matter ...
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Georges Mihalka's thriller Cruel and Unusual comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew filmographies and trailers. This is a solid, if unremarkable release from Columbia TriStar that should be of interest to genre enthusiasts, but might not matter to the average DVD consumer.
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Special Features

16×9 widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), English 2-channel (Dolby Surround); Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Trailer; Photo gallery; Director and cast filmographies; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A workmanlike thriller from My Bloody Valentine director Georges Mihalka, Cruel and Unusual is notable mostly for the psychological acuity of Rod Browning and Robert Geoffrion's script and the presence of frequent screen villain Tom Berenger as a cunning sociopath. Freudian baggage is pretty much the stock in trade of middle-tier serial-killer movies, but Berenger and cast mates Rachel Hayward and Tygh Runyan make the most of their characters' shadowy emotional entanglements. The film's backdrop -- the financially strapped fishing industry in a seaside Oregon town -- adds specificity and thematic thrust where other films of this stripe would settle for vague generalities. Unfortunately, though, Cruel and Unusual is still the type of movie that suffers from overwrought foreshadowing and forced sex scenes set to the tune of bluesy soft rock guitar. That's a lot to forgive, even in a flick this modest in its intentions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • UPC: 043396073715
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Adam Turrell
Rachel Hayward Kate
Tygh Runyan Mike
Technical Credits
George Mihalka Director
Rod Browning Screenwriter
John A. Curtis Producer
Robert Geoffrion Screenwriter
Richard O. Lowry Producer
Evan Tylor Producer
Dan Witt Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [7:07]
2. Sleep Well My Darling [4:40]
3. Get to Business [4:59]
4. Death Trap [5:32]
5. Imposter [5:55]
6. Hell of a Team [5:15]
7. Fear [5:40]
8. A Deadly Gift [8:32]
9. Under Suspicion [6:10]
10. Dark Secret [4:26]
11. Hostile Intent [4:21]
12. Seduction and Deceit [4:39]
13. Conflict [2:57]
14. The Watcher [3:50]
15. Murder Investigation [5:01]
16. You Don't Know Him [3:47]
17. Missing Person [3:17]
18. Betrayal [4:52]
19. I Loved You [5:31]
20. End Titles [3:45]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set-up
      Audio
         English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
         English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround)
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Special Features
      Director + Cast
         George Mihalka (Director)
         Tom Berenger
         Rachel Hayward
         Tygh Runyan
      Trailer
      Production Still Gallery
      Now Available
         Proximity
         Zebra Lounge
         True Blue
         Bare Witness
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stephen King lite

    The only thing cruel about this movie is despite it’s flaws I watched the entire thing hoping it would get better, and the most unusual is how much it resembles a bad parody of a Stephen King story. Starting off with Tom Berenger’s character leaving a bloody trail of bodies, his serial killer character murders a man on the side of the road and assuming the man’s identity, goes to a small Maine town to work in a lighthouse. Almost immediately he picks two people to be his next victims – a brother and sister, Mike and Kate O’Connor. What happens next is supposed to be scary, I suppose, but if you’re going to insist on watching this, I suggest you have something else to do at the same time- like sewing or a craft project, so you won’t be completely bored. There’s more plot holes in this film then I could begin to count. For instance, the killer has sex with his victims before he kills them and even left tons of hair at another scene. Yet, when a mangled body turns up everyone shrugs and says “ That must be our killer”. Come on, haven’t the writers ever heard of DNA? Also, the killer steals a man’s identity and just comes into a small town and is accepted? Obviously, the writers have never lived in a small town before. People in small towns are highly suspicious of outsiders, and I can not believe they would trust the word of a stranger over the word of one of their own. The only reason this movie gets two stars instead of one is Tom Berenger himself. He’s a good actor and he plays a great psychopath. If he weren’t in it, this would be a one star dud for sure. So if you want a Tom Berenger movie, get Platoon, or Sniper and if you want a good story about a psycho killer in a small Maine town, get Dark Half.

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