Monday, June 20, 2016

Manhunter (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - In-A-Gadda Get this Blu-ray!

I first saw Manhunter on WPIX channel 11 when I was a kid. I enjoyed it, and certain aspects of it really got me good. Forget about Hannibal Lecktor. When I first saw Manhunter I was more enthralled with Anthony Hopkins performance of Hannibal the Cannibal. It was the rest of the movie especially the look of the tooth fairy that freaked me out. I made sure to read all of Thomas Harris' books from Red Dragon to Black Sunday, and I even went through an Iron Butterfly phase. I hadn't had the chance to enjoy it in some time, but with the Scream Factory new collector's edition, I had the chance to more deeply experience the picture than ever before. Deeper than reading the book or seeing the movie Red Dragon (a separate adaptation of Harris' novel... not a remake mind you).

Of this release I can only offer the highest marks. Sure you only get SD inserts in the Director's cut, but that's the kind of thing that would never bother me. Director's cuts of this type are, for the most part, fancy ways of putting back in deleted scenes. That's not always the case, but I need the original, theatrical version to be secure first and then we can start talking about the alternate versions that exist in a perfect world. It's fun to watch, and I urge fans of the movie to see what might have been in the Director's Cut, but first and foremost be happy with the presentation afforded us in the HD transfer of the version we've all come to love over the years. Remember that my first experience with the movie was on network television. To see everything in it's place with all the naughty bits intact almost conflicted with my childhood memory of the picture.

The first disc includes a pile of interviews with everybody involved in the making of the picture. This is all new material mind you. I love when the Scream Factory extras include a focus on the music of a picture as is the case with this release.  The interviews also include William Peterson who has just always fascinated me. I love his performances in this and CSI (which isn't something I typically watch or admit to watching). Disc two has a couple more interviews and the aforementioned Director's Cut in both HD with inserts and a full SD version (for a more seamless viewing experience with the additional material added back).

For those of you who aren't familiar with Manhunter the first thing I think people do is try to say, "well did you see Silence of the Lambs"? I think that's the wrong way to look at Manhunter. Yes there is a common story thread that shows Hannibal Lecktoron display after being captured, but that is really a secondary or even tertiary thread. It's not the focus of the movie and the character of Lecktor never feels like a focal point and only moderately necessary to the development of Will Graham. Now we know that there's more there. The story of Will Graham has been exposed via the Hannibal TV show and even delved into better in the book Red Dragon.

The best way to immerse yourself Manhunter is enjoy the game between Graham and Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy is just as scary a killer as any well developed madman you're likely to find. It's not like Manhunter is a knock off, drop out from the Slasher boom. It's terrifying because the killer is terrifying. We easily root for Will Graham. We want him to win.

Enjoy the use of music especially "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. Rarely has a song every gotten under my skin in a Horror picture the way that song did when I watched Manhunter as a kid.

As for this release, this is for the fans. Fans of the movie Manhunter, and folks who were disappointed by the cancelling of Hannibal (even though I find that it has little to do with that character). This is for fans of Harris' novel who may have enjoyed the adaptation but perhaps were curious as to some of the choices made by the cast and crew.

I think this artwork is really something special (traditional art offered on the flip side of course).

You can order your copy now via Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD:

From Scream Factory:

Former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen, To Live and Die in L.A., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as "The Tooth Fairy." But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox, X-Men 2, RED), the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life… and whose insights into "The Tooth Fairy" could prove as dangerous as the killer himself.

Tom Noonan (Heat, RoboCop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Manhunter is one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made.

Bonus Features

DISC 1: Theatrical Version (HD)
NEW The Mind Of Madness – An Interview With William Petersen
NEW Courting A Killer – An interview With Actress Joan Allen
NEW Francis Is Gone Forever – An Interview With Actor Tom Noonan
NEW The First Lecktor – An Interview With Actor Brian Cox
NEW The Eye Of The Storm – An Interview With Director Of Photography Dante Spinotti
NEW The Music Of MANHUNTER – Including Interviews With Composer Michel Rubini, Barry Andrews (Shriekback), Gary Putman (The Prime Movers), Rick Shaffer (The Reds) And Gene Stashuk (Red 7)
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery

DISC 2: Director’s Cut (HD With Standard Definition Inserts)
Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Michael Mann
Director’s Cut (Standard Definition)
The Manhunter Look - A Conversation With Cinematographer Dante Spinotti
Inside Manhunter With Stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox And Tom Noonan

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