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Manhunter (1986)

William Petersen , Kim Greist , Michael Mann  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 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: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo), French (Mono)
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UGBOT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Manhunter" on IMDb

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Witness the birth of evil. This eerie, very intense (New York) thriller from writer-director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider) first introduced the world to the cunning, unforgettable serial killer named Hannibal. Joan Allen and Stephen Lang co-star in this dark locomotive ofa film (Los Angeles Times) that promises to keep viewers riveted (Time)!Former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen, CSI ) reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as the 'tooth Fairy. But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal, the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life and whose insights into the Tooth Fairy could prove as dangerous as the killer himself.

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159 of 166 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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185 of 211 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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40 of 44 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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29 of 31 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh, so glad they remade it
Wow, I found this to be very boring. Especially in comparison to the remake, "Red Dragon". In addition, the 1980s music was irritating.
Published 1 day ago by Dawn Rosen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original 'Manhunter", Classic and Unforgettable
If you haven't seen this original 1980s MANHUNTER, I won't spoil the plot here. I'll just say:

William Petersen is beyond brilliant here. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Voiceover Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item was as described.
Published 7 days ago by John Sziber
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever
This is such a great movie. I watched it many years ago, and I was thrilled when I saw that it was free through Amazon Prime. I love Amazon! Read more
Published 7 days ago by I_love_NY
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but this version only gets four out ...
Great movie, but this version only gets four out of five stars due to the 'missing' "someone took a child and manufactured a monster" scene with Peterson and Farina. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Econ Dolittle
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but I didn't love it.
If you love CSI you'll probably like this a lot more than I did. I find the star, also the 'star' of CSI, to be overly dramatic. Read more
Published 26 days ago by innkeeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great insight into Will Graham's struggles. A couple of variations from the book but a good watch.
Published 27 days ago by Michael LaCour
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I kinda liked it...a little. Maybe 3 1/2 stars.
Published 29 days ago by SoupDeVille
5.0 out of 5 stars with a fantastic cinematography by Spinneti
The first of Harris, Dr. Lekter series, taken to the screen. Very well done, with a fantastic cinematography by Spinneti, and complemented by the music of Michel Rubini. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jorge A. Fragola
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection complete
Great movie! This is the first of silence of the lambs and nobody knows about it hardly! Now my collection is complete :)
Published 1 month ago by Srfnsk8boy
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