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.