US 2004 DVD Review
[MGM] [4:3] [Region 1] [NTSC] [117 minutes]
  US 2004  DVD coverUS DVD

FEATURES

With the exception of the trailer, this is a bare-bones release. The picture is
framed at full-screen 4:3 and is a mixture pan-and-scan and un-matted. The
picture is carefully zoomed or scanned lower in places that avoid the boom-
mike appearing as it has in most previous VHS 4:3 releases.

The credits sequence, is zoomed-in for the scenes and partially zoomed-
out with thin black-bars for any name credits. The same happens for the end
credits. The trailer appears to be un-matted.
 

  MGM has used the theatrical version of the film prepared at the same time
as the most recent Anchor Bay and Momentum releases that were of course
the director's preferred version. MGM's own European versions are anamorphic
and their Japanese DVD also has a DTS soundtrack that is missing here.

I can only assume MGM could only license a 4:3 version of Manhunter for the
US market.

The only extra material on this disc is a Manhunter Trailer in 4:3 and a selection
of trailers for Species, Species 3(!) and Unspeakable and Wicker Park. There is
also a well-edited montage trailer of other MGM horror films.

Extras

The only extra material on this disc is a Manhunter Trailer in 4:3 and a selection
of trailers for Species, Species 3(!), Unspeakable and Wicker Park. That is also
a well-edited montage trailer of other MGM horror films.
 

  EXTRAS
     
SUMMARY

Buy the Japanese DVD for the best sounding theatrical version. The US Anchor
Bay disc is best for the Director's preferred version.


 

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