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Manhunter (EP Mode) [VHS] (1986)

William Petersen , Kim Greist , Michael Mann  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 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: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: September 10, 1997
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303954103
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Though it will always be remembered as themovie featuring the "other" Hannibal Lecter, Michael Mann's 1986 thriller Manhunter is nearly as good as The Silence of the Lambs, and in some respects it's arguably even better. Based on Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon, which introduced the world to the nefarious killer Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter, the film stars William Petersen (giving a suitably brooding performance) as ex-FBI agent Will Graham, who is coaxed out of semiretirement to track down a serial killer who has thwarted the authorities at every turn.

Graham's approach to the case is a perilous one. First he seeks counsel with Lecter (Brian Cox) in the latter's high-security prison cell--an encounter that is utterly horrifying in its psychological effect--and then he begins to mold his own psyche to that of the killer, with potentially devastating results. As directed by Mann (who was at the acme of his success with TV's Miami Vice), this sophisticated cat-and-mouse game never resorts to the compromise of cheap thrills. Predating Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Lecter by four years, Cox plays the character closer to Harris's original, lower-key conception, and he's no less compelling in the role. Petersen is equally well cast, and as always Mann employs rock music to astonishing effect, using nearly all of Iron Butterfly's heavy-metal epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" to accompany the film's heart-stopping climactic sequence. All of this makes Manhunter one of the finest films of its kind, as well as further proof that Harris's fiction is a blessing to any filmmaker brave enough to adapt it. --Jeff Shannon

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Contains the Debut of Hannibal Lecter

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156 of 163 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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183 of 208 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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38 of 41 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the novel AND see this film! May 9, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first rented this movie in the late '80s, and I really only did so to see Chris Elliot's cameo -- give me a break, I was really bored that weekend! Years later, when I saw Silence of the Lambs in the theater, I recognized the name of the doctor and realized that these two works were somehow related, and eventually ended up reading all four of Thomas Harris' novels and seeing all five film adaptations, of which Manhunter is my personal favorite.

Upon reflection, I initially found the film's ending a bit stereotypically Hollywood, and not quite up to the same high level of quality found in the rest of the film. As I later read the novel, I at first found myself liking the book's ending better, but understood how it might have been much harder to film -- that is, until I got past the red herring to the novel's REAL ending, which made Manhunter's ending seem positively inspired by comparison. (Okay, so maybe I'm being a bit too hard on Harris, and giving Michael Mann a bit too much of a pass on this point....)

If you don't like Michael Mann's directorial style, or if you're one of those pseudo-intellectuals who can't look at a film made in another decade without calling it "dated" -- or if you think Anthony Hopkins is the only actor who should ever be legally allowed to play the character of Hannibal Lector --then you might not like this film. Though it often strays from the novel a little bit, and leaves almost all of the exposition regarding the Tooth Fairy's origins out, it all still works. Noonan gives an excellent and economic performance, as does Joan Allen (and their love scene is one of the more tasteful and romantic in recent memory).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie for the 80s
First Hannibal Lecter movie that I am aware of. Very good movie for the 80s.
Published 2 days ago by John Wesley Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad for a Michael Mann film.
Published 4 days ago by the avenger
3.0 out of 5 stars stick with Red Dragon
so cheesy. not sure why people this prefer this version on Red Dragon. There is negligible difference between the two movies, other than the fact that Edward Norton can act, is... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Phlakester
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual, Erotic
With 467 reviews and counting as of this date I will only add that in my humble opinion the Hannibal Lechter series is about EROS (the desire for connection) as well as THANATOS... Read more
Published 6 days ago by antaeaventura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 8 days ago by Robert Hoke
5.0 out of 5 stars I did not like Red Dragon but I LOVE Manhunter
I did not like Red Dragon but I LOVE Manhunter.
Its the first film I discovered William Petersen long before he ever did CSI, William Petersen does a fantastic job as Will... Read more
Published 8 days ago by michael ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best movies I have ever seen!
Published 17 days ago by Kimbalakota
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film adaption of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon
The film introduction of Hannibal Lecter (a chilling portrayal by Brain Cox) and former FBI agent, now criminal profiler, Will Graham
(William Petersen at his best) directed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by daniel r. esian
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I own this in VHS but never thought about getting DVD. I am glad I found it. Anyone who likes Silence of the Lambs would like this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Amick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Lector
Manhunter is the best of the films depicting Hannibal Lector; Brian Cox's preformance is, subtle, creepy and filled with menace. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C-Note
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