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Manhunter (Limited Edition) (1986)

William Petersen , Kim Greist , Michael Mann  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina
  • Directors: Michael Mann
  • Writers: Michael Mann, Thomas Harris
  • Producers: Bernard Williams, Dino De Laurentiis, Richard Roth
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay/Starz
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000509C1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Manhunter (Limited Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc One
  • Featurette: The Manhunter Look a conversation with cinematographer Dante Spinotti
  • Featurette: Inside Manhunter with stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, and Tom Noonan
  • 24 page collectors' booklet
  • Disc Two - Director's Cut
  • Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

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160 of 167 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 1-Disc MANHUNTER is the way to go February 14, 2001
Format:DVD
MANHUNTER was a flop when it was released in the mid-1980s, but has enjoyed a much-deserved renaissance in the past few years with the box office success of HANNIBAL and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. And now, finally, it has been released on DVD for a second chance with audiences.
The debate rages on as to whether MANHUNTER is the best of the trilogy, and you can read numerous postings below about this. Personally, I think MANHUNTER is superior because it deals with the detailed investigation of horrific crimes versus the crimes themselves, its villain is much more terrifying because he's portrayed with more humanity, and the tone overall is creepy and serious versus horrific and campy.
If you're seeing MANHUNTER for the first time and are a fan of the other two films, be forewarned that:
1. This is a crime drama, not a horror movie. And while it is well shot, it is a low budget film with production values just slightly above a TV-movie. But you will be so engrossed in the story that this won't matter.
2. It is definitely a film of its time period, with 80s fashions and a MIAMI VICE-type booming soundtrack that tends to interfere with otherwise quiet and introspective moments. But the music, as with most of the other films directed by Michael Mann, is excellent, well chosen and progressive (for the mid-1980s). Even though the film seems dated to some, if we are to judge movies forever by the time periods they were created in, then we might as well stop going to the cinema.
3. If Hannibal Lector and Anthony Hopkins are one and the same to you, then seeing Brian Cox in the role might be jarring. He plays Lector (spelled "Lecktor" here) with much more subtlety than Hopkins, and may disappoint those who are fans of Hopkins's over-the-top (though enjoyable) portrayal.
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187 of 213 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film tragic presentation. February 2, 2001
Format:DVD
I got the new limited edition 2 disc set of Manhunter and I have to say I have never been more disapointed with a DVD in my life. First of all the first disc that is supposed to be the theatrical cut of the film is not. Several important scenes and patches of dialouge have been removed, and unimportant scenes from the directors cut are added in out of context. And to make matters worse the cuts are made very crudely, sometimes cutting people off in midsentence.
Then there is the director's cut on disc 2. Saddly this version was never remastered from the source print so the picture quality of the whole film is that of a deleted scene i.e. worse than VHS. Not to mention that several scenes appear to be taken from brodcast tv as several lines of profanity are crudely dubbed over.
Take my advice if you are a fan of this movie stay away from this poorly produced DVD, as refusing to buy it might be the only way get Anchor Bay to correct this horrible problem.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Treatment of an Outstanding Movie February 21, 2001
By Solanio
Format:DVD
For big fans of Manhunter, I would advise you to steer clear of this DVD if you plan to own - rent instead. In fact, I'm going to see if they will take this DVD back since it is a case of blatant mis-adverstising. What has been billed as the "Theatrical" version is in fact a poorly spliced rendition that awkwardly edits two scenes that had been in the theatrical release, including one of the most pivotal scenes, and yet has within it some of most banal footage restored from the cutting room floor. These cuts are both poorly done and have no sense to them, given how they do not represent the theatrical release and destroy the momentum of what had been a finely edited movie. I don't know if it was ignorance or arrogance, but this is the worst hack job I've ever seen trying to pass itself off as product. Whoever was in charge of this at Anchor Bay was an idiot and if I were Michael Mann, I'd be calling my lawyers.
The "Director's Cut" is even worse in that it includes the "Un-theatrical" release AND the so-called "Director's Cut" - a compilation of some interesting and not so interesting out-takes. As a companion to a true theatrical release, this would have been a fascinating addition; BUT here again, Anchor Bay finds a way to ruin what should be a good product. The entire disc has not been put through video post-production, is smudged and blurry, as if transferred from a VHS tape - and a worn one at that. - Just incredible that anyone could have the audacity to offer this kind of cheapness for hard earned money.
I saw this movie when it first came out in the theatre and considered it one of the best of that year; and I rushed to buy the LaserDisc version when it came out.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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I know Silence of the Lambs is more popular in the series than this one, but I think this is a better movie. It stars William Petersen as Will Graham, a semi-retired FBI profiler, who is called into service to catch a highly methodical serial killer. Will has the unique ability to get into the killers' mind, see what he sees, understand the motives behind the crimes. Only problem is when he gets so close, lets all those bad thoughts in, it's difficult to deal with them, as they sort of poison his mind. This, along with the physical injuries he sustained on a previous case, forced him to go into semi-retirement/seclusion with his family.

At the time this movie came out, I got the feeling that profiling of serial killers was a fairly new science, and not yet deemed as useful of a tool as it could be. This is represented in the meeting Will attends with a group of FBI agents who are working on the new case, with the killer named 'The Tooth Fairy'. It's not that they derided him when he presented the information in the course of his profiling, but you felt like they looked at him like he was making psychic predictions and his input wasn't all that credible. That was my opinion, and I may be wrong. Anyway, it was amazing to go with Will to the murder scenes and see things they way he saw them, that is to say they way the killer may have seen them. He uncovers clues missed during previous investigations, clues that help to further along the case against the ever elusive Tooth Fairy.

Some really great scenes involve Will visiting Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, played by Brian Cox. While I thought Anthony Hopkins did a great job in the part in the following movies, I will always visualize Brian Cox as Lecktor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They don't get better than thus
Top notch movie!!! One of the best in a long time.
Published 3 hours ago by Claude R. Tolar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Strange psychological story. Not for kids!
Published 1 day ago by Charlene
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
I can't even watch the whole film. I got thru 30 minutes the first viewing and lost interest. made it almost an hour on the 2nd attempt. I got it because I'm a SOTL fan. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Michelle
1.0 out of 5 stars way better.
I am half-way through and will watch it only out of curiosity.
The Red Dragon was, by far, way better.
Published 8 days ago by Mark S Mercado
4.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal Lecktor's first appearance on screen.
Hannibal Lecktor first appears on the big screen. Very well written plot.
Published 9 days ago by D Kelleher
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, definitely not Anthony Hopkins which is why ...
Good show, definitely not Anthony Hopkins which is why it's only a 4 out of 5 (I prefer Sir Hopkins's version of Hannibal more).
Published 14 days ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is where the story began. Extremely well directed, acted, and edited... :)
Published 16 days ago by Eris Eris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
throughly enjoyed
Published 17 days ago by michael votaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Shows a little age but it is still an awesome intro to Hannibal Lector...
Published 19 days ago by R S Seney
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not Silence of the Lambs. It's pretty much silent.
I know I saw this when it came out and haven't seen it since and haven't seen it since. I found it for $1 on VHS so I kept seeing it
and reading how great it was and some... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Bela
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Is this Restored Director's Cut any different than the one on the...
Yes, the directors cut is in Disc 2 of the Box set. It is not for viewing the movie. It is very grainy and is there apparently for cut out scenes only. Not watchable. Get MGM version of Manhunter in widescreen. It is the best version.
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