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The Hand

Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe

 
Warner Brothers has assembled a nice little DVD for this cultish catalog title. The Hand looks fantastic on disc, benefiting from a strong anamorphic transfer that captures the widescreen image with plenty of color and clarity. It's worth noting that the film's periodic black-and-white segments look equally rich here. The disc uses a Dolby Digital stereo mix

Overview

Warner Brothers has assembled a nice little DVD for this cultish catalog title. The Hand looks fantastic on disc, benefiting from a strong anamorphic transfer that captures the widescreen image with plenty of color and clarity. It's worth noting that the film's periodic black-and-white segments look equally rich here. The disc uses a Dolby Digital stereo mix for its audio and it offers a crisp blend of dialogue, effects and music. A few extras are also thrown in -- namely, a theatrical trailer and a commentary track with writer/director Oliver Stone. The latter is a surprising addition and an interesting listen: Stone speaks with frankness about the challenges of directing his first Hollywood film, the difficulties with special effects and the gap between the European films that inspired him and the requirements he had to fulfill to satisfy the studio. All in all, this disc of The Hand is worthy of exploration for the curious horror fan and a good purchase for its fans.

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All Movie Guide
Despite a lot of talent behind and in front of the camera, this psychological horror film falls short in several ways. The first problem with The Hand is that it's rather ponderous: Oliver Stone's pacing is slack throughout and the script is more interested in the bitter, dreary melodrama between Michael Caine and Andrea Marcovicci than it is in building tension. The film does get a bit more interested in horrific moments during its second half (the last fifteen minutes are pretty effective) but, despite some atmospheric photography by King Baggot, the shock scenes are often ludicrous and awkward in their staging. Simply put, an actor miming a struggle with a severed hand is more silly than scary. The acting is better than the film deserves but no one can overcome the ham-handed nature of the script: Marcovicci does solid work but is undone by the oft-unsympathetic nature of her characterization and Caine delivers a fully committed performance but the thin nature of the material leaves him looking hammy instead of intense. Simply put, The Hand is an overwrought misfire that is best left to horror film completists.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0085391159414
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Commentary by Oliver Stone; Theatrical Trailer.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Ian Lansdale
Andrea Marcovicci Anne Lansdale
Annie McEnroe Stella Roche
Bruce McGill Brian Ferguson
Mara Hobel Lizzie Lansdale
Viveca Lindfors Doctress
Pat Corley Sheriff
Nicholas Hormann Bill Richman
Ed Marshall Doctor
Rosemary Murphy Karen Wagner
Charles Fleischer David Maddow
John Stinson Therapist
Richard Altman Hammond
Malcolm "Sparky" Watt Sergeant
Tracey Walter Cop
Oliver Stone Bum

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Screenwriter
King Baggot Cinematographer
James Horner Score Composer
Bert Kamerman Associate Producer
Darin Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Lloyd Makeup
Richard Marks Editor
Ernest Misko Costumes/Costume Designer
Clark Paylow Executive Producer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Carlo Rambaldi Special Effects
Virginia Randolph Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Richard Sawyer Art Director

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