Friday, October 14, 2016

RAISING CAIN (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Before Lithgow Was Trinity

When I was a kid I remember the commercials for Raising Cain quite well. Lithgow. Talking to himself in a car in a child's voice, taunting himself. I would rent it after a few years, and didn't find it more than a split personality psycho drama. Not much in the way of blood or gore. Great music. I loved Lithgow's performance. This was a very youthful interpretation of the movie. One that said, you need to show me the excess. I want the grue!

Fast forward to a more refined Doc Terror; one who understands who Brian DePalma is. One who has seen and loved Dressed to Kill. I am, of course, obsessed with over the top gratuity. I want the blood to jump off the screen and onto my shirt, but I also can appreciate intensity. I understand the value of tension and slow building psychosis. I also have a family. Lithgow's performance is more than a divided maniac talking to himself in a car. His character is built from the real fiber of a father and husband complete with points of weakness. When he goes gonzo, it's humorous at first until it it's pure beautiful Lithgow oozing insanity. It's the same performance you'd later enjoy when he played Trinity in Dexter (though Trinity was more sophisticated).

What's more is watching Raising Cain reminds me of why I love DePalma. My mind wanders to Sisters and Dressed to Kill. I dare say Raising Cain could be a poor man's Dressed to Kill, not quite having the full blown cast or suspense levels to illicit the jumps and the uneasy in my chest but still effective.

Both the theatrical and Director's cut look great. The Director's Cut tones down the over the top nature of the theatrical release and provides a slightly different perspective on the film. Personally I'll stick to the original theatrical, enjoying the bat shit lite Lithgow, less sophisticated. It's a pretty release with new and original cover art present as well as a slew of interviews. Both the video essay and featurette on the second disc help to show how the Director's Cut evolved, a process that is fascinating, a must watch extra.

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

From Scream Factory:

When Jenny cheated on her husband, he didn't just leave...he split.

From master of terror Brian De Palma comes this stylish psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final frame.

Carter Nix (Lithgow) is a respected psychologist, loving husband and devoted father who decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. Carter's wife Jenny is pleased to have her attentive husband home – at first.

When Carter shows obsessive behavior toward their daughter, Jenny becomes concerned, and to complicate matters, Jenny's old flame re-enters her life. But nothing can prepare her for the emergence of Carter's multiple personalities, and a fiendish plot to recreate the infamous experiments of his deranged father.


 Theatrical Version Of The Film
 NEW Interviews With Actors John Lithgow, Steven Bauer, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris And Editor Paul Hirsch
 Original Theatrical Trailer


 Director's Cut Of The Film Featuring Scenes Reordered As Originally Intended
 NEW Changing Cain: Brian De Palma's Cult Classic Restored Featurette
 NEW Raising Cain Re-Cut – A Video Essay By Peet Gelderblom

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