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Former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen, To Live and Die in L.A., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) 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 Lecktor (Brian Cox, X-Men 2, RED), 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.
Tom Noonan (Heat, RoboCop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Manhunter is one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made.
Special Features Include:
Disc 1: Theatrical Version (HD)
-“The Mind of Madness” – an interview with William Petersen (18 minutes)
-“Courting a Killer” – an interview with actress Joan Allen (16 minutes)
-“Francis is Gone Forever” – an interview with actor Tom Noonan (22 minutes)
-“The First Lecktor” – an interview with actor Brian Cox (40 minutes)
-“The Eye of the Storm” – an interview with director of photography Dante Spinotti (36 minutes)
-“The Music of MANHUNTER” – including interviews with composer Michel Rubini, Barry Andrews (Shriekback), Gary Putman (The Prime Movers), Rick Shaffer (The Reds), and Gene Stashuk (Red 7) (42 minutes)
Disc 2: Director’s Cut (HD with Standard Definition inserts)
-Audio Commentary by writer/director Michael Mann
-Director’s Cut (Standard Definition)
-“The Manhunter Look” - A Conversation with cinematographer Dante Spinotti (10 minutes)
-Inside Manhunter with stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, and Tom Noonan (18 minutes)
Manhunter is undoubtedly a cult classic and worthy of the Collector's Edition treatment it has received from Shout Factory. As usual Shout Factory shows immense respect for the fans by creating new interviews that help put the film in context. Michael Mann fans will want to own this as the best version of the film to date presented in high definition. Recommended. --May 26, 2016
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A grisly series of murders suddenly strikes two cities in the Deep South – Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. In each case, an unknown intruder – nicknamed the “Tooth Fairy” by a scandal-mongering tabloid newspaper – has broken into homes in the middle of the night and has viciously slain everyone there. He tortures, mutilates, and kills each family member, using mirrors as his weapons. Thus far, he always strikes on the night of the full moon.
Former FBI profiler Will Graham (Petersen) very reluctantly agrees to come out of medical retirement to help solve the case, before the next full moon – which is three weeks away. Previously, Graham had caught the infamous Hannibal Lecter (Cox), and had almost been killed by the homicidal psychiatrist while arresting him. He asks Lecter, who is confined to a state institution for the criminally insane, to help him gain a greater insight into what motivates this still unidentified serial killer. Lecter agrees, but only to further his own sadistically deranged agenda…
Meanwhile, the killer continues planning his next crime. He has already identified his next victims from photos he has seen of them. But he puts his plans on hold – at least for a while – when he is attracted by a blind young woman who works in the same place he does…
I enjoy a good crime thriller, and I thought “Manhunter” was particularly good. William Petersen (of later “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” fame) delivers an outstanding performance as Will Graham. Dennis Farina is excellent as Graham’s boss Jack Crawford, and Tom Noonan is very chilling in his role as the “Tooth Fairy” serial killer. In his all-too-brief scenes as Hannibal Lecter, Brian Cox imbues his character with sarcastic, menacing malevolence.
Although perhaps not quite as good as the later “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Manhunter” is nevertheless an excellent film that combines the best elements of a crime procedural, a thriller, and a horror movie. Every time I watch it, I can count on a sleepless night afterward…
Highly recommended. (4½ Stars ^ 5)