Manhunter

Manhunter

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Director: Michael Mann

Cast: Michael Mann, William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen

     
 

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Michael Mann's Manhunter has had a difficult life on DVD. Two previous editions contained cuts of the film different from both the theatrical cut and from each other. This newest edition, boasting a commentary track from Mann seems to be the definitive DVD release of the movie. The film is presented in a remastered widescreen anamorphic transfer that preservesSee more details below

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Michael Mann's Manhunter has had a difficult life on DVD. Two previous editions contained cuts of the film different from both the theatrical cut and from each other. This newest edition, boasting a commentary track from Mann seems to be the definitive DVD release of the movie. The film is presented in a remastered widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Mann has added scenes that did not appear in the original theatrical release, and some of those scenes obviously suffer from a visual and audio standpoint. However, their additions improve the film, making it worth the occasional lack of technical perfection. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Mann's commentary is loaded with a mix of factual information on serial killers, nuts-and-bolts stories about the making of the film, and compliments directed toward his cast and crew. The theatrical trailer, the screenplay, and a photo gallery of deleted scenes round out this excellent package from Anchor Bay.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
Predating The Silence of the Lambs by five years, Michael Mann's madhouse of a serial killer flick is equal parts high-gloss visuals and offbeat, creepy acting. Three performances dominate the landscape: Brian Cox as the inimitable Hannibal Lecktor (as spelled in the credits), who adds a whiff more goony humor to the role than the later Anthony Hopkins interpretation; William Petersen as William Graham, the psychologically rich and morally corrupt FBI burnout; and Tom Noonan (What Happened Was...), who defines once and for all how to imbue a length of pantyhose with utter terror. Noonan's soft, boyish voice makes his Tooth Fairy character far more threatening than The Silence of the Lambs's Buffalo Bill. Manhunter is largely about how the investigation of a crime can turn from discovery to shocking empathy. Two versions of the film appear on the limited edition, two-DVD set: a pristine transfer of the theatrical release, running 121 minutes, and the 124-minute director's cut that has made the cable-network rounds. There are substantial differences in both films, particularly in soundtrack cues, and the way "Ina-gadda-da-vida" fits into the final confrontation scene. While not exactly a crowd-pleaser, Manhunter is more mournful and witty than The Silence of the Lambs and its latest successor, Hannibal.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Manhunter is a visually assured psychological thriller. Michael Mann builds tension through color, framing, editing, and sound with such skill that his actors can underplay their emotions. This mix is unusual, but it works superbly. Although the characters in this film engage in extraordinary activities, the low-key performances make them seem like real human beings. Manhunter succeeds at making the viewer feel the consequences of chasing serial killers for a living. William Petersen wears a haunted look that elicits sympathy, as well as a touch of fear, in the audience. Like Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone, Petersen does a spectacular job of physicalizing the toll his mental condition is taking on him. We sense his tenuous grasp on mental stability thanks in part to Brian Cox's terrifying portrayal of Hannibal Lecter. The Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal wishes for nothing more than comfort. His animosity is directed at those who inflict unpleasantness on him (or Clarice), characters always portrayed as unlikable people anyway. The Lecter of Manhunter has an enemy. Will has caught him, and Lecter hates him for it. Now the pure intelligent evil of Lecter is directed at someone the audience cares about, and we constantly fear for Will's safety because of it. Manhunter is an underrated film that deserves to stand alongside Seven and its younger sibling, Silence of the Lambs, as benchmarks of the serial killer genre.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
...The director most suited for Mr. Harris's work is Michael Mann, who handled his "Red Dragon," retitled "Manhunter" (1986). Mr. Mann showed a restraint that eludes "Silence" and "Hannibal." He never stated what Lecter did, which made the caged mastermind capable of anything. As portrayed by the powerfully talented Brian Cox, Lecter was brisk and businesslike -- even the dimple in his chin was fearsome -- and spoke as if his curiosity were engaged by a lower order.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
UPC:
0013131254792
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
2:04:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Michael Mann; Deleted & Alternate Scenes Still Gallery; Production Still Gallery; Posters & Advertising Art Gallery; DVD-ROM: Original Screenplay; Theatrical Trailer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Intruder [1:19]
2. Will Graham (Main Titles) [5:53]
3. Scene of the Slaughter [4:59]
4. Home Movies [4:04]
5. Tooth Fairy Task Force [5:07]
6. Tabloid Reporter [3:45]
7. Hannibal [3:59]
8. Do You Know How You Caught Me, Will? [3:07]
9. Phone Tag [2:37]
10. A Clue in the Woods [5:12]
11. Message From a Monster [3:20]
12. Forensic Analysis [3:30]
13. Dear Avid Fan [5:03]
14. Baiting the Trap [3:05]
15. Tender Touch [2:41]
16. False Alarm [2:39]
17. Red Dragon [4:59]
18. A Fiery Death [3:21]
19. Father and Son [5:06]
20. It's Just You and Me Now, Sport [2:58]
21. Reba [6:29]
22. Blind Passion [7:22]
23. Mind of a Maniac [3:52]
24. The Dragon Strikes [3:08]
25. Solving the Puzzle [6:32]
26. In-a-gadda-da-vida [1:42]
27. Race Against Time [5:16]
28. Slaying the Dragon [5:05]
29. Savior [3:34]
30. End Credits [4:14]

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