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Manhunter--Special Edition [DVD]

William Petersen , Kim Greist , Michael Mann    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Petersen, Kim Greist
  • Directors: Michael Mann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008V6YU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,212 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Disc One:

  • Theatrical version of Manhunter
  • x 2 documentaries - The Manhunter Look and Inside Manhunter
  • Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
  • English subtitles

Disc Two:

  • Michael Mann approved new hi-def colour
  • Corrected version of the film, with the Director’s Cut missing scenes inserted
  • Commentary with Michael Mann
  • English subtitles


Released to box-office indifference in 1986, Manhunter introduced Hannibal Lecter and established the rules of the modern race-to-find-the-serial-killer thriller five years before The Silence of the Lambs packed cinemas everywhere. This was Michael Mann's third feature, reuniting William L Petersen and Dennis Farina from his debut Thief (1981) as FBI agents hunting the killer dubbed "The Tooth Fairy". Petersen's Will Graham is the man who put "Lecktor" (as it is spelt here) behind bars, and, as in Silence of the Lambs, he is forced to consult the Doctor, played here with understated malevolence by Brian Cox.

Manhunter is an exceptionally well-photographed film: Mann's regular cinematographer Dante Spinotti creates sparse, elegantly framed, often monochromatically lit compositions essential to the shifting psychological moods. The performances are very good, and the typically 1980s, Vangelis-esque electronic score effectively sustains tension. Once the killer is introduced the scenes with Joan Allen have a genuinely unsettling, almost surreal quality, although there is at least one serious plot flaw--how does "The Red Dragon" get his letter to Lecter? Manhunter never packs the sheer excitement of Silence of the Lambs, nevertheless, it is a powerful and compelling thriller which remains far superior to the Anthony Hopkins-starring Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002). --Gary S Dalkin

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very scary film, because it is so believable 15 Feb 2005
By A Customer
The opening sequence keeps me awake at night, years on from watching this film from Michael Mann. Understated, and very, very believable, it taps into our worst fears about our home being invade by a psycopathic killer in the dead of night.
What was that creaking noise? Was it the wind, or - should I get up and go and have a look? If you are of a nervous disposition, best get something else as this is about the creepiest cop hunts killer film ever, in my humble opinion.
Of course, Mr Mann is a genius, so what do you expect.
My advice, 1. watch the film, and 2. never read reviews, it only spoils the experience by prejudging it.
So why write one? Well I have not mentioned the plot, the acting or the other films of Thomas Harris's books. This one is easily the best in my view, although the Silence of the Lambs was a bit good too.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Manhunter is an absolutely fantastic film full stop - the only niggle is that every time it's released (in the UK at least) it always turns out to be a slightly different version of the film. The video was a different cut to the first DVD which is a different cut to the two on here, although at least one of these now claims to be the definitive director's cut. Strangely in these later cuts Michael Mann has removed once and for all a 30 second sequence where Will Graham expresses a great sympathy for the Tooth Fairy on one level before declaring that the Tooth Fairy should be executed as soon as possible. It's a strange cut because the rest of that scene is left completely intact - he's just removed 3 lines of dialogue from the middle. As an aside, for fans of the soundtrack 2 of the 3 previously hard to find Shriekback songs used in the film are now readily available on the CD Oil & Gold.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Dragon 4 Jun 2003
Forget if anyone tells you different, the remake of this, Red Dragon, however close to the book it was, is no match for this original version of Tom Harris' book.
Allthough the actors in this might not be as well known as RD's cast, the performances are spot on. Mainly thanks to the fantastic direction from Michael Mann.
Brian Cox is especially brilliant in a small role as the original Hannibal Lecktor and William Petersen is suprisingly good as Will Graham, capturing the emotional vulnerability of the character, again this is thanks to a super script from Mann.
The plot in case you didn't know it is Will Graham (Petersen) is brought back from retirement by FBI boss Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina, another wonderful performance) to hunt down a brutal serial killer known as the "Tooth Fairy" (played with exceptional chillingness by Tom Noonan) however, he is not the man he once was and is forced to consult imprisoned Hannibal Lecktor (Cox) for help in the case.
This disc has been released twice before, but never as good as this, a two-disc version with two cuts of the film, a couple of documentaries and an insightful commentary from Michael Mann.
If you haven't seen this before, I couldn't recommend it enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Brilliant 11 Dec 2006
I can't praise this film enough, it's delivered everything I have come to expect from Mann and also a thoroughly intriguing angle on the lector franchise. Watch it now, trust me, it's absolutely fantastic.

OK, so first things first, as all the other reviews here will support me on this is very different from the lector franchise delivered to us by SOTL and it's sequel Hannibal, and though it is based on the same novel as Red Dragon it is completely separate there too.

This is first and foremost a film about Will Graham and not lector, who plays a pivotal, memorable, but nonetheless supporting part in the story. Graham is an extremely interesting character and I liked the way his character development was drawn out and slow burning throughout the movie. The plot I won't spoil for you beyond the first scene, where we learn a mysterious killer has been attacking families who are apparently unrelated and graham is asked to aid the investigation.

Direction by Michael Mann is superb as always but you can tell this is a slightly experimental Mann who has not gained the refinement and expertise that brought us Heat and Collateral. But he still has is obsession with detail, his eye for the perfect shot, and of course a lot of the color blue. Action here lacks the realism he later gains but then most of the violence in this film is suggested and seen in past tense instead of being explicitly shoved in the viewers face - a technique which actually I find far more disturbing.

As I said before i loved this film and the extras are alright, the extended edition is good but not essential. I recommend this over the 1 disc edition unless there is a significant price difference. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The film that introduced us to cinemas most memorable psychopath; Hanibal Lector, "Manhunter", based on the Thomas Harris book "Red Dragon", predates its over rated sequel; "The silence of the lambs" by four years. On it's initial release it didn't do so well and finally dissapeared without trace, which to put it mildly, is a crime. Anyone who hasn't seen this film, is really missing out on one of the classics of the genre.
The plot sees FBI agent Will Graham (William Peterson) coaxed out of retirement to track down serial killer "The tooth Fairy",(Played by Tom Noonan, one of the most truly terrifying celluloid pyscho's ever), who has been butchering entire families while they sleep. Enlisting the help of Hanibal Lector to gain valuable insight into the psyche of a killer, Graham moulds his own way of thinking to that of the killer so that he may feel as the killer feels, think as the killer thinks and hopefully by doing, so he may finally catch the killer.
As with most of director Michael Mann's films, every scene is treated as a work of art and every piece of dialogue, like a line of poetry. The use of music too, is crucial, witness the classic climax, played out to the strains of IRON BUTTERFLY's "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vidda".
"Manhunter" will never be as popular as it's big brother, although it is far superior. No, it's more likely to be remembered as the Lector film with "the other Lector". While "The silence of the lambs" was good, the central performance by Hopkins as Lector was, I feel, over the top, possibly played that way deliberately to detract from such dark subject matter. Here, the part of Lector is played by veteran Scottish actor Brian Cox, it's a part played to perfection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic film
Published 3 days ago by mark stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars I am the dragon
I decided to get this after having read the book (I have previously seen the Hopkins version too). I wasn't a huge fan of this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. J. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
early Hannibal Lector appearance and also has William Peterson in it
Published 2 months ago by Harry Innes
5.0 out of 5 stars ve watched this several times and enjoyed it always
a well acted film.I,ve watched this several times and enjoyed it always. many thanks
Published 3 months ago by John Harries
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like I want it to be
Total classic.Slow and slow.Just like I want it to be.
Published 3 months ago by Lisa J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Very convincing and unnerving thriller with a ...
Great film. Very convincing and unnerving thriller with a wonderful cast. The director's cut has a very disturbing ending with Agent Will Graham visiting the third family that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Stacy R. Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Manhunter
I have read several other reviews on here and am amazed by just how much they differ...Is this film as good as 'The Silence of the lambs' & 'Hannibal'....... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
Although I prefer the later version "Red Dragon" this movie is most excellent and gripping. The atmospheres are dark and mysterious, the storyline is full of intrigue and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Raggatt
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
I was so disappointed in this movie because when I read the story it sound it so interesting but pretty bad do not ever buy it
Published 8 months ago by Alia Toama
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC
This was the first to introduce Hannibal Lecktor to the world and is based on Thomas Harris 'Red Dragon' Story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L.C
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