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Raising Cain Dual Format [Blu-ray]
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Having spent the latter half of the eighties trying out new styles of filmmaking Wise Guys knockabout comedy, The Untouchables prestige gangster pic, Casualties of War s Vietnam movie and The Bonfire of the Vanities satirical misfire Brian De Palma returned to what he knew best, the Hitchcockian psycho-thriller, for Raising Cain.
John Lithgow plays three roles: child psychologist Carter, his evil twin brother Cain, and their Norwegian father, Dr Nix, who likes to experimental on the young. Carter s wife is concerned that her husband isn t quite paying their daughter the right kind of attention; she s also having an affair which, upon discovery, threatens to send him into a psychotic rage...
A relentless blend of murder, multiple personalities, cross-dressing, crazed parents, bizarre dream sequences and stunning cinematic assurance, Raising Cain harks back to those twin masterpieces Psycho and Peeping Tom, but is pure unadulterated De Palma.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
DISCS 1 & 2: THEATRICAL VERSION [BLU-RAY & DVD]
DISC 3: DIRECTOR S CUT [LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE]
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The film itself is a fun ride, allowing the terrific John Lithgow to use his talents, alongside some elaborate Brian De Palma set pieces and a great score. The film looks great now on Blu-ray but real treat here is the inclusion of a new Director's Cut, which has all the same scenes as the theatrical version, but reordered according to an earlier draft of the screenplay before the film was recut to be more conventionally structured. I'll leave it to viewers to determine how they view this version, but, having been restored to the Director's original intentions, I found it fascinating in terms of how a film I've seen so often can suddenly become something else, purely on the basis of different structural and editing choices.
Extras are substantial, all in running to just under three hours of cast interviews, video essays discussing the two versions of the film, a gallery and a trailer. A pretty solid package.
Either cut of Brian De Palma's loopy and gleeful ride into audience baiting would have been met with the same split reaction. It really is a love/hate affair. The De Palma approved director's cut pushes the structural envelope to the max. He really should have stuck to his guns and released this version, incorporating flashbacks within flashbacks and dreams that contain actual events relevant to the story with guilt-tripping sex and death fantasies...it's gloriously convoluted, adding a free-wheeling, borderline manic edge to the schizophrenic tale of multiple personalities and child abduction.
The new Arrow release is pristine. Skip the theatrical cut, go in as cold as possible (the less you know about this movie, the better) and relish De Palma's darkly comic, twisted and amoral thriller, sprinkled with (purposeful) soap opera schmaltz, classic noir elements and fourth wall breaking bravado (when Josh sees Margo is guaranteed to smack a huge grin on your face).
Grab a copy and watch multiple times (for each personality).
And for £14.99 you do get your moneys worth as you can see from my photos. You get three discs which include the Theatrical cut on Blu-ray and DVD, plus the Directors cut on the third disc, which for me was the best way to watch the film.
You get loads of bonus features plus a nice booklet, but what I love, and I know its a bit geeky and that's the outer card-slip(big fan)..