Manhunter [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray] [2 Discs] [1986]

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  • Release Date: 05/24/2016
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (135 out of 137)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary by writer/director Michael Mann
  • Director's Cut:
  • Inside Manhunter with stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox and Tom Noonan
  • NEW interviews with director of photography Dante Spinotti and actors William Petersen, Tom Noonan and Joan Allen
  • NEW the music of Manhunter - including interviews with composer Michel Rubini, Barry Andrews (Shriekback), Gary Putnam (The Prime Movers), Rick Shaffer (The Reds) and Gene Stashuk (Red 7)
  • Still gallery
  • The Manhunter look - a conversation with cinematographer Dante Spinotti
  • Theatrical Version:
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Manhunter
Red Dragon, the Thomas Harris novel that introduced serial killer Hannibal Lecter to the world, was adapted for the screen by Michael Mann as Manhunter. Ace criminal profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) is very good at his job because he has the ability to make himself think like the killers he tracks. Will has been in retirement since catching Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Brian Cox), as being inside that particular deranged mind caused Will to have a breakdown. Will's boss Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina visits Will at his home, showing him pictures from a murder scene and asking for his help in catching a new killer they have dubbed "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan). In order to test his mental strength, Will visits Hannibal in his prison cell. Adding to the already substantial mental stress Will experiences when he returns to the job are nosy tabloid reporter Freddy Lounds (Stephen Lang), as well as Hannibal's attempts at seeking revenge through the Tooth Fairy. After two additional films that featured Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal) became box-office blockbusters, Manhunter was re-made as Red Dragon starring Hopkins and Edward Norton as Will Graham. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kim Greist
    Kim Greist - Molly Graham
  • Joan Allen
    Joan Allen - Reba
  • Brian Cox
    Brian Cox - Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
  • Dennis Farina
    Dennis Farina - Jack Crawford
  • Tom Noonan
    Tom Noonan - Francis Dollarhyde



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Tooth Fairy is real and were going to get him.

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    LordSteve01
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    Michael Mann's film adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon is probably closest to nailing the vision of the book down, as opposed to some of the other adaptations. By now we have seen several incarnations of the Hannibal Leckter character and everybody has their favorite, so I won't really bother getting into this character too much - other than to say that Brian Cox does a great job portraying the good doctor in a very realistic way. Very subtle, but also very dangerous. The character I would mainly like to point out and focus on is the serial killer at the heart of the hunt - The Tooth Fairy. Tom Noonan does an amazing job with the character, genuinely creeping me out in some scenes. This is a person I would avoid at all costs based on his looks alone - he's just that creepy. You can't help but fear for anyone who shares a room with this guy, let alone the blind woman that does end up embracing him in warming way in the film. There's some good tension between these two, as they get very close to one another and she has no idea what the monster next her even looks like, she just knows his shy, slightly gentle voice and his even more fragile touch. The man on the other end of the hunt is ex-agent Will Graham. Will has the gift of a certain brand of clairvoyance, one that allows him to put himself in the shows of the killer and see what the killer sees - and does. Is this really a gift, or is Will just as crazy as the killers he chases. When we meet Will at the beginning of the film he is no longer an active agent, as his backstory goes he had captured Doctor Leckter, but not without taking his "gift" to some very dark places. Reluctantly, Will decides to come on board and offer what ever help he can, but as the case grows, so does Will's obsession with finding the killer - ultimately driving him back into depths of mental madness that he was previously so afraid of reaching. The film is an exceptional crime film, especially for anyone that is a fan of the Hannibal series, whether it be book or film. In my opinion, these are the type of films Michael Mann really shines on and Manhunter is no exception. Though, with this being an early Mann piece, there are some errors intact, mostly near the end when the production had run out of money. These scenes are very obvious, but when you find out the techniques employed to achieve certain effect, you cant help but have more praise from Mann as a creative talent. Another minor grip is with the Director's Cut, the DC scenes weren't given the HD treatment and actually look like the grainy stock footage straight from the cutting room floor. From what I've read this is just something we have to deal with. Fortunately the rest of the scenes are in HD. The Theatrical Cut is completely HD. There is a ton of content in the directors cut to really make a huge difference in the film, but the DC is definitely the preferred version for me. For casual viewers, the theatrical cut is still just as good of a film, so you can stick with this version if you are bothered by the DC insertions.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dream Much, Will?

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    DWolfe47
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    After years of being relegated to a bare-bones Blu-ray from MGM Manhunter has received the special edition treatment just in time for it's thirtieth anniversary courtesy of Scream Factory. My personal favorite film in the Hannibal Lecter series we follow former FBI profile Will Graham as he reluctantly seeks the help of the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecktor in a bid to track down a serial killer who's targeting families in the south. William Peterson's performance is tremendous as well as the great Brian Cox as Hannibal who's Lecter (or Lecktor in this film) is more grounded in reality than Anthony Hopkins famous protrayal. This release spans two discs, the first for the theatrical cut and new special features and the second for the director's cut and special features from the old Anchor Bay DVD. The transfer on the theatrical is the same as the MGM disc but is still a solid and strong one with fair grain levels. The director's cut is partially in standard-def as the only existing print of the different footage was from a video source sadly (but no worry, the scenes are still in widescreen). The standard-def scenes are spliced in with the high-def theatrical version so there's no love lost here although don't be surprised by the haziness of the standard-def scenes. The special features are absolutely tremendous and took me a whole afternoon to get through the various interviews with Bill Peterson, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, Cinematographer Dante Spinotti and Brian Cox who's forty minute interview is the true highlight as he is a joy to listen to for his blunt honesty on this film and it's legacy. The packaging for this should be noted as well given it's the standard Shout/Scream factory double-sided cover art. This time featuring the 80's fuchsia-tinged new artwork by Christopher Franchi and the original poster art. The new art does come as a slipcover as of writing this so it's nice to have the slipcover and to flip around to the original poster art on the case so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. As usual, fabulous and highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best Hannibal Lector movie!

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    WhiteButterflied

    This was the very first Hannibal Lecter movie, and by far the best. Granted it was made in the '80s so you may not be used to the style and lack of modern day special effects. Overall the actors were all great and did well portraying their charcters. The storyline seemed more realistic than other Hannibal Lecter films because it wasn’t polluted with Blockbuster drama. All the actors did an amazing job. William Petersen was great in his role as an FBI agent who had been physically and psychologically shaken from his past experience with Hannibal Lecter. Petersen didn't overact, like so many actors do today. And he fit the role of Will Graham a heck of a lot better than Edward Norton. Petersen’s character seemed to be truly tormented getting inside the killer’s head while Norton’s seemed to be in boring zombie-mode. Brian Cox was perfect for Hannibal Lecter's character. Again, he didn't overdo the character like Anthony Hopkins often did. He seemed more like a real serial killer who can disguise himself as regular person, instead of being a fictitious boogeyman. Tom Noonan was also great at his role as the Tooth Fairy. Creepy enough, but not too much to seem unrealistic. Some people may consider this movie slow-paced, but I totally disagree. Movies today tend to overdo special effects, have explosions every 30 seconds, and explain every detail to you instead of making you figure things out yourself. If you are younger and/or not a fan of older films, you probably won’t appreciate Manhunter too much. But if you’re open to movies that aren’t all “Hollywood” you will probably like this one. By the way, the ending was awesome! I haven’t been able to listen to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” without being creeped out since seeing this movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mann's Horror Masterpiece, with Solid New Extras

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    ANDM
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    Michael Mann's 1986 crime/horror thriller Manhunter, is best known as the film that first introduced the cinematic world to cannibal killer Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (later portrayed as Hannibal Lecter by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs). Making little fanfare during its initial release, it is now regarded as one of the best films in its genre, anchored by a great performance by William Peterson as Will Graham, a former FBI profiler brought out of retirement to hunt a serial killer called the Tooth Fairy, who slaughters whole families every full moon. Graham quit the FBI due to serious injuries he suffered when he caught Lecktor, and because his ability to assume the mindset of a killer pushed him to the edge of madness. Now he must seek out Lecktor in prison to get his advice on how to catch the Tooth Fairy...and to "pick up the old scent," as Lecktor puts it. Stylish and slick with a strong 1980s Miami Vice sheen (down to the very 80s soundtrack), Manhunter is very much a product of its time, but that in no way diminishes the craft with which Mann tells the story, or the suspense as Graham struggles to catch the Tooth Fairy before he claims another family. The Blu Ray features two versions of the film, the theatrical cut which looks very good, and a director's version, which is pieced together from many sources including old TV scans and in some places looks very rough. This new edition features fresh interviews with William Peterson and fellow actors Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Brian Cox, as well as Director of Photography Dante Spinotti, and many of the musicians who contributed to the soundtrack. A Mann commentary and several old featurettes are also included. If you're a fan of Manhunter a purchase is a no-brainer.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great special edition of a cult classic!

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    HudsonHawk
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    Manhunter certainly took it's time in getting it's recognition, never getting the immediate praise and adoration the next Hannibal film (Silence of the Lambs) did, but in the decades since it's finally gotten credit as a both a favorite in Michael Mann's crime film filmography as well as even becoming some peoples favorite Hannibal film. So in honor of that, Shout Factory has gone pretty much all out in giving the film it's due in special edition form. The era of studios releasing great collectors sets for just about any well regarded film has died out since it's 2001-2006ish heyday, but thankfully boutique labels like Shout come through. If you're a fan of this film, definitely pick this up as it's mix of interviews, making of's and the directors cut of the film (some extra footage had to be sourced from SD materials unfortunately for the directors cut) in addition to the theatrical it's a set for you.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The unknown first chapter.

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    JKpinky
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    Although the Silence of the Lambs is a beloved well known film classic, few know that it is technically a sequel to this movie, Manhunter. The Silence of the Lambs book was a sequel to the novel Red Dragon, which was adapted into this film. Although not as masterfully crafted as Lambs, Manhunter is still worth a look. Especially for those who enjoy the 80's. The colorful and grainy visuals set the atmosphere perfectly, and William Peterson owns the role of Will Graham. Although I will say later adaptations of the novel have portrayed the titular Red Dragon killer far better than he is here. As to be expected, Scream Factory's release of the film is guaranteed to satisfy. It features 2 cuts of the film, plenty of bonus features and even a two-sided cover insert so that you get to decide which cover you want to display the film with.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not nearly as good as the film Red Dragon!

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    redandblack6s

    If you've never seen this film, it's actually the first film of the Hannibal series based on the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. It was later remade into the movie Red Dragon, which of course was much better. Red Dragon had much better acting, and was more intense and fast paced. Brian Cox is a good actor, but his Hannibal Lector was no where near as good as Anthony Hopkins. William Peterson is just a terrible actor! His replacement, Edward Norton, is one of the best actors today and in a whole other league in comparison. And Tom Noonan, who plays the Tooth Fairy, is not nearly as convincing as Ralph Fiennes was. When comparing Red Dragon to Manhunter, I highly recommend Red Dragon. After watching it, Manhunter is rather dull and boring. I still recommend it though, just because it was good in its day, and it was the first of Thomas Harris novels to become a movie. (Personally, I didn't care for it. After all, there is a reason why they remade it.)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Will Graham gets his man

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    stone1
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    Will Graham helps the FBI to try and catch a serial killer. In order to do so he has to learn how to think like one. In order to think like one he has to revisit and interview one that he has already caught (Hannibal Lecture). Meanwhile the serial killer is killing and even finds a girlfriend. Hannibal finds out where Graham's family lives. Of course in the end Will Graham gets his man the serial killer but its interesting to watch how it all unfolds.

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