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Worth the money if you are not an adrenaline Junkie or remember the 70s.
on 14 June 2015
There are a few things that need to be taken into account if you are thinking of buying this DVD. Please think carefully about what I am about to tell you. Manhunt was one of the very first colour broadcasts on the UK ITV channel. It is therefore in technical terms a product of its age. The audio is mono. The cameras used were highly experimental. With such cameras there was, on occasion, external recording problems leading to a slight green or red motion flare on the brightest edge of any moving image. This was a common problem across all channels at the time. In fact, for many years directors opted to play safe, and instead use colour film for outside recording as it was more stable. Manhunt itself mixes film and video on outside scenes, presumably when the experimental cameras were not up to the conditions.
The next thing to consider is the slower pace of TV in the early 1970s. You need to understand that in 1970 there were only three TV Channels operating in the UK and only one ( ITV) broadcast from 9 in the morning until midnight. The BBC rarely broadcast in the daytime before 1:00pm. So the pace was a lot slower ( as was life in general). If you can't get your head around this you are going to suffer greatly at the apparent slow pace of Manhunt. Indeed I've read people saying that they gave up after three or four episodes. This is a mistake. What those people have missed is the slow unfolding of a deeply psychological series of mind games between the French resistance, the Abwehr, the SS and French collaborators.
Much like Doctor Who in the 60s/70s, yes the sets are wobbly at times, obviously knocked up by ITV set designers and more often than not a deep shade of battleship grey. The acting however is 'one take' mode, as if you were watching a play. This is how TV drama was done in the 60s and 70s. Theatre actors happily did TV work and rarely needed to reshoot scenes for fluffed lines. Manhunt is NOT badly acted. Don't take the word of people who never made it past the first disc. If anything the plot, as it unfolds, will make you despair at the duplicity and deceit that human beings are capable of.
Manhunt is not for sensation seekers or shock addicts. It is for those who question everything and take their time to understand the life they are living and the people that populate it. It's also a great addition for those into collecting accurate WWII drama, packed with so many future famous actors that eventually I lost count.
Please take everything I've said into account before you decide to buy. You'll be happier for it.