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Manhunter Blu-ray Review

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“The Silence of the Lambs” it is not.

The Plot: After retiring due to a traumatic encounter with Hannibal Lecktor, former FBI profiler Will Graham is called back into action to track down a serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy. Worse still, Will has to visit Hannibal in jail for advice on how to find Tooth Fairy.

It may be somewhat of an unpopular opinion, but I have never been a fan of director Michael Mann’s adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel “Red Dragon” (which obviously later spawned another film version). While the performances by Tom Noonan (who plays the creepy Tooth Fairy) and Brian Cox (Hannibal) are respectable, the movie has never connected with me. First and foremost, I don’t think Mann is the right director for this film. His flashy directorial style is distracting and instantly dates the film (it is pure 80’s). On top of that, the pacing of the film is supremely odd. It’s slow in parts, rushed in others, and intense at other moments. It’s all over the pace.

Perhaps the film’s biggest flaw is star William Petersen who portrays Will Graham. Compared to actors Ed Norton and Hugh Dancy who also played the character, Petersen is a downright dull lead who drags the film down. The performance just isn’t strong enough to carry the material and it feels like he underplays the character in parts.

Note: This two-disc set contains the theatrical cut and director’s cut of “Manhunter.”


Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is on the grainy side, but it’s decent. Don’t expect greatness though.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A little flat for my taste

* Theatrical trailer and still gallery.
* “The First Lecktor: An Interview With Brian Cox”- In this 40 minute interview, Cox chats about his past work, “Manhunter,” casting, and more.
* “The Music of Manhunter”- The title speaks for itself.
* “The Making of Manhunter”- Interviews with William Petersen, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan and Dante Spinotti.
* An interview with cinematographer Dante Spinotti.

* “Inside Manhunter”- 17 minutes of archival interviews with cast members.
* A solo commentary by Michael Mann.

Overall Thoughts: “Manhunter” has a loyal fanbase, but it’s just not up my alley. If you do love the film, this collector’s edition will be the equivalent of an early Christmas present for you.

May 27, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , ,

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