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Product details

  • Actors: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Format: CD+DVD, PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2017
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01GVE85OQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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

  • Limited Edition [3000 copies] containing two versions of the film on Blu-ray and the theatrical version on DVD
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on both versions
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson
  • DISCS 1 & 2: THEATRICAL VERSION [BLU-RAY & DVD]

  • High Definition digital transfer of the theatrical version
  • Hickory Dickory Doc, a brand-new interview with actor John Lithgow
  • The Man in My Life, an interview with actor Steven Bauer
  • Have You Talked to the Others?, an interview with editor Paul Hirsch
  • Three Faces of Henry, an interview with actor Gregg Henry
  • The Cat's in the Bag, an interview with actor Tom Bower
  • A Little Too Late for That, an interview with actor Mel Harris
  • Raising Pino, a brand-new interview with composer Pino Donaggio
  • Father s Day, a brand-new video essay about the multiple versions of Raising Cain by Chris Dumas, author of Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • DISC 3: DIRECTOR S CUT [LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE]

  • Raising Cain: The Director's Cut, a De Palma-endorsed recreation of the film by Peet Belder Gelderblom, re-ordered as originally planned
  • Changing Cain: Brian De Palma's Cult Classic Restored, an introduction by Gelderblom to the Director s Cut
  • Raising Cain Re-Cut, a video essay by Gelderblom on the origins and differences of the Director s Cut
  • Customer Reviews

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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    I've actually long been a fan of 'Raising Cain', having owned it on VHS and DVD previously. But this latest release ticks many boxes.

    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.
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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    RAISING CAIN (1992/DIRECTOR'S CUT 2016) Directed by Brian De Palma
    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).
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    Format: Blu-ray
    Arrow have done a great job of restoring Raising Cain, so well worth upgrading from your old DVD.

    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)..
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    Format: DVD
    Borrowing from such veins like Hitchcock' Psycho with some William Peter Blatty documentary atmosphere. What you have here is a truly under appreciated thriller. Lithgow is awesome here, providing a truly varied and crazy performance throught the character(s) ordeal. He is able to play so many personalities and does so here in this story of a man conflicted with many personalities and a father that turned him into a monster. The female lead is a horrible actor, dont care what she has done in the past or what she is doing now...her acting is dire and one toned at the points in the film where she would be very distraght and stressed... Raising Cain will no doubt get a remake treatment in say 4 years but it should be checked out. There is one scene that lasted around four minutes without a cut which I thought was an impressive bit of filmaking, rare these days.
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    Format: DVD
    Jenny, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter.

    Her affair with an old flame, however, causes her to neglect her motherly duties.

    But a spate of local kidnapings forces her to accept the possibility that he may be trying to recreate the twisted mind-control experiments of his discredited psychologist father.

    Baffling and even considering his CV, this has to be De Palmas most bonkers film, but my goodness, it's a wonderful bonkers movie.

    Referencing every thing from Hitchcock, to Lynch, to parental fears, Raising Cain is not a good place to start, if you want to seek out De Palma.

    If you are a veteran to his films though, and appreciate his obsession with Hitchcock, you will find so much to like in this movie.

    Lithgow is wonderful as the titular characters, and although he loses it slightly toward the end, the interrogation scene is wonderfully acted by Lithgow, and makes the film the gem that it is.

    The camera-work is what you would expect from the director, and the scene from the police station to the body found in the trunk, is expertly done, and looks seamless.

    It gets a little confusing every now and again, and it all feels a bit dated, but for De Palma fans, it's a real treat.
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    By louise on 25 Sept. 2013
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    John Lithgow was wickedly good in this movie a must watch if you can buy this i would totally recommended this movie
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    Format: DVD
    Raisin Cain is a genius film. John Lithgow is exellent. This is Brian De Palma on top form. I can't say anything about the plot as I don't want to give anything a way. Watch this film!
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