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Though it will always be remembered as the movie 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 Har
- Featurette: The Manhunter Look a conversation with cinematographer Dante Spinotti
- Featurette: Inside Manhunter with stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, and Tom Noonan
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Manhunter, (it can be easily argued) is the most stylized, artistic of any serial killer movie ever made.
Michael Mann put this together (wrote screenplay too) just about the time Miami Vice's cool style would become vogue (It didn't last too long, thank God) with MANHUNTER becoming somewhat of the model for what was cool about Miami Vice (for about one season...tv show lasted WAY too long).
But, take a look at MANHUNTER, again, and take notice of the finer points of cinematography with MANHUNTER'S own Dante Spinotti. It's only a ten minute interview but you might be surprised to want to hear more about why Spinotti "colored" the rooms this way or that way. Ah, that "romantic (nighttime) blue"...
The other featurette is 18 minutes of interviews with the star actors; Tom Noonan's standing out. He did not interact with anyone, really, to help emote the "killer" image he would display toward other actor's ...
I also enjoy seeing rather "infamous" mistake in editing scene in grocery store when star William Petersen (Graham) is talking to his son (Kevin Seaman) about psychological problems. But, look how aisle changes background products from Carnation Milk to JFG and Maxwell House Coffee (they had stopped walking, trust me) behind the son; and Petersen is suddenly by the fruit cocktail stuff. Hey, what happened to the Total and Bran cereals?!
Another scene has Petersen suddenly talking with cig in his mouth (it appears like magic) in a scene 'right after' tossing butthead reporter (Stephen Lang - cliched performance, but his begging for life scene is palpable) onto car.
All said I like MANHUNTER better than Silence of Lambs for being the original Lecktor (Lecter in "Silence Lambs") movie that is less contrived than Hannibal's eventual star-studded, cultural icon status. Freddie Kruger anyone!? And Jodie Foster should never have been at that house at the end with serial killer in a drag-it-out, both of them should have already shot each other ... sorry didn't really want to start raving about "Lambs" annoying conclusion flaws ... "Dr. Lecter ... Dr. Lecter...Dr. Lecter... Dr. Lecter..." SHUT UP already he's not on THE PHONE anymore, God damn it, you knew Lecter was still loose out there, some where... (Sorry, couldn't help it ...)
I also liked the MANHUNTER soundtrack, mood synthesizers (despite the closing credit "Heartbeat" song, have to admit, gotta turn it off about 2 min in as Heartbeat is repeated 22 times ... or so it seems...).
Great to see (and hear) again. 4 1/2 stars.