I had just moved to Los Angeles when this film was released and ended up being gifted a giant wall sized poster for the film that is made of some sort of plastic material that looks a lot like celluloid. I believe it was meant to be mounted in a huge light box in a big theater...so that it had light shining through it from behind. I did have it mounted on a wall, it took up the entire wall, in the house I was renting in LA but now it is rolled up and stored in a big cardboard tube in my attic. My friends and I went to see this film several times in the theater, we all loved it, and I watched the film many times over the years. I have never really kept track of all the changes in the different versions but I know the "Director's Cut" has that additional ending tacked on to it which personally I felt was better left out of the film.
However, there is one sequence that I know appears in some versions and not in others and that is a brief dialogue exchange between Will Graham and Jack Crawford where Crawford says in reference to the killer "You really feel for this guy?" and Graham says something along the lines of "As a child my heart bleeds for him. Somebody took that kid and turned him into a monster. As an adult I want to blow him out of his fucking socks."
I liked this sequence because I felt it both illuminated Graham's relationship with Crawford and also his relationship and connection to the serial killer and deepens our understanding of the killer as well. It's been a while now since I have seen the film and I don't recall if this is in the theatrical cut or if this was an addition to one of the later cuts of the film. I feel like I saw this sequence in the theater so I think it was in the theatrical cut. Anybody watch this new blu-ray and know if this appears in either or both of the cuts of the film? This is the one sequence of the additions or subtractions over the years that I always felt belonged in the film.
I have the new blu-ray but have house guests coming for the long weekend and so won't be doing much movie watching while they are here. So, I won't be able to check this out until sometime next week.
I thought the disc had the director's cut in both HD and SD.Thanks for the review, Todd! I haven't had a chance to watch it yet but it sounds good (even with the director's cut being at the mercy of SD) and I'm impressed that Scream Factory was able to get some pretty big names for interviews.
Since Michael Mann likes to tinker with his movies on video, this is kind of complicated. I have the Limited Edition with the theatrical cut and the director's cut (from 01/30/01) and I have the Restored Director's Cut disc (from 07/15/03). And knowing Anchor Bay, I feel very safe in assuming that the Theatrical Cut disc (also from 01/30/01) is the same disc as the one in the LE set but since I don't have it, I can't state that as a fact. I don't have the 2007 release so I can't comment on that.I just noticed I have four different DVD releases of this film. Is there any reason why I should keep any of them in my film library with this new BD release?
For some reason I can't recollect I purchase two different DVD releases from 01-30-01. One is the Limited Edition with the Theatrical and Director's cut. The second DVD release from 01-30-01, with just the Theatrical cut.
Next, I bought another DVD release from 07-15-03, which featured a Restored Director's Cut.
The fourth DVD release I bought was released on 01-30-07, with the Theatrical Cut. Why I bought this release is bugging the hell out of me. Perhaps there were reports about improved PQ.