“Manhunter” finally arrives on Blu-Ray with a release that can replace my old Anchor Bay special edition. Sure, I have a Blu copy via the Hannibal Lecter Collection, but it’s just the theatrical cut. There’s something to say for the theatrical having better pacing, but the director prefers the longer cut. If you’ve followed the recent NBC series or have seen Red Dragon, you know the story by now. Will Graham is a fractured profiler who is a bad day from turning into a villain. Graham and the FBI uses Lecter to find a new psycho called The Tooth Fairy.
For some reason, every iteration of this story puts together an amazing cast. This one is mid 80s heavy with young Joan Allen, Tom Noonan and Stephen Lang putting in early work. While it’s not perfect, it’s indicative of the ability that Mann could muster. While he relied on some standard acting favorites, Mann was showing that his mastery over the crime story could flex outside of the normal 80s settings. The only downside of the release is that the Director’s Cut is only available in standard definition. But, I’ll take it.
- Still Gallery
- Director’s Cut
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track