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Manhunter [DVD] [1986] [1989]

4.4 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews

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  • Actors: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina
  • Directors: Michael Mann
  • Writers: Michael Mann, Thomas Harris
  • Producers: Bernard Williams, Dino De Laurentiis, Richard Roth
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005OCVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,016 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Former FBI agent Will Graham (William Petersen), who specialises in catching serial killers, is brought out of early retirement to track down a murderer who bludgeons entire families only when the moon is full. Graham's tactic is to enter the mind of the deranged criminal, which turns out to have an enormous emotional strain attached. When he seeks advice from imprisoned psychiatrist/psychopath Dr Lecter (Brian Cox), he ends up endangering himself and his family. Based on the novel which was the precursor to 'Silence of the Lambs'. The 18-minute bonus feature 'Inside Manhunter' is also included.

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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 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 Lambs consults with the Doctor, played with understated malevolence by Brian Cox. Manhunter is an exceptionally well-photographed film: Mann's regular cinematographer Dante Spinotti created sparse, elegantly framed, often mono-chromatically lit compositions which are 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. There is at least one serious plot flaw--how does "The Red Dragon" get his letter to Lecktor? Manhunter never packs the sheer excitement of Lambs, nevertheless, it is a powerful and compelling thriller which remains far superior to the third instalment in the series, Hannibal (2001).

On the DVD: In addition to the trailer there is a revealing 10-minute conversation with Dante Spinotti in which he explains how he created the very distinctive look of Manhunter. Also included is a more general 17-minute retrospective "making-of" documentary. This is good but too short, the extras failing to live up to the wealth of material on the Lambs and Hannibal DVDs. The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is generally very good, being just a little soft in one or two early scenes. The sound is listed as Dolby Digital 5.1, but appears to replicate the main stereo signal in the rear channels. Audio is none the less powerful and clear, though lacks the sheer edge and atmospherics of some more recent thrillers. --Gary S Dalkin


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