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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 (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008V6YU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Grev VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 4 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
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 By Sam Anders on 11 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 April 2010
Format: DVD
This is the original version of the Hannibal Lecter film and stars Brian Cox in the Hannibal role. He really gets into the character and out-acts Hopkins. William Peterson (CSI) is also excellent as the FBI investigator and the film is pretty true to the book. I prefer this film to any of the other Hannibal films and wish they had retained Cox throughout the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Having read "Red Dragon" I naturally wanted to see the film, and thankfully I was not disappointed, even though the plot has been changed slightly in places. I already had high hopes for the film, as I had read that Tom Noonan was playing the part of the serial killer, Francis Dollarhyde. Noonan is a superb actor in my opinion, although he is better known for writing plays. One only has to see his remarkable performance as a repulsive child killer in an episode of "the X Files", or as a disabled computer hacker in the film "Heat", to see that he is utterly convincing in every role he takes on. I was therefore interested in how he was going to take on such a difficult role as Dollarhyde.
Admittedly Dollarhyde's "struggle" has been toned down a little from the book, but he is essentially the same, and Noonan still manages to effectively gain the viewer's sympathy for the character, most notably in the moving scene where Dollarhyde places Reba's hand over his wound and cries.
This is not to ignore William Petersen's magnetic performance as troubled FBI agent Will Graham. His moody expression displays just how haunted Graham is by his "gift" (being able to penetrate the minds of demented killers). One might wonder why Graham would put himself through such trauma again, but all doubts are shoved aside during the scene with his wife at the water's edge, where Graham says, in a hard-edged voice much louder than his usual tone: "This killing...it's got to stop." This tells us that Graham, no matter how much he hates it, knows he is the only hope for the serial killer's next target. It is a wonderful moment in the film, and confirms my opinion that Petersen is certainly one of the most underrated actors.
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