Raising Cain (1992) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Raising Cain (1992) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Brian De Palma
Starring: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

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From master of terror, Brian De Palma comes this stylish psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final frame. Carter Nix (Lithgow) is a respected psychologist, loving husband and devoted father who decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. Carter’s wife Jenny is pleased to have her attentive husband home – at first. When Carter shows obsessive behavior toward their daughter, Jenny becomes concerned, and to complicate matters, Jenny’s old flame re-enters her life. But nothing can prepare her for the emergence of Carter’s multiple personalities, and a fiendish plot to recreate the infamous experiments of his deranged father.

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Raising Cain is a 1992 thriller from Brian De Palma. A director who I believe may be one of the most diverse directors out there. Here, we see the tale of a man named Carter. But Carter isn’t alone inside his mind, as he also can become any number of people at any given time due to his split personality disorder. One of those personalities is called “Cain” and he isn’t anyone you want to mess with. He just so happens to be on a tear here of killing and kid stealing. Doing the kid stealing for his Father who is apparently dead. Along the way, he learns that his wife is having an affair and that is when things take another turn. Now as a big fan of Brian De Palma I won’t call this his best film. It is a very good movie to its own credit. You often feel very uneasy and disoriented as you watch this movie. The way things seem to flow from real to dream and backward makes it a bit hard to tell just what is really going on at times. Something happens and you just can’t tell if it is real or a dream. That makes things interesting enough but I will admit that it can make things a little frustrating in spots as well. Does it hinder the movie? Not that much. You keep waiting for some other foot to fall with the dream stuff but it seems to just be there to make things all the more dream-like. Which I can only guess what the director’s intentions.

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If you’d like to experience things a bit differently this Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory does come with a newly done director’s cut. One that adds back in all the things De Palma originally intended. I found it to be a bit of a new take on some things but I’m a bit torn on if I’d naturally go with the original or the new cut if I did decide to kick-back and watch things again. John Lithgow, who takes on the part of playing 5 different characters in this movie really does shine above all else. You even might find yourself getting behind him at points due to many different reasons. You know he’s doing very bad things, but there are moments when you can feel bad for him and that is just an example of how good of an actor the man is. Raising Cain is more thriller than anything else but that seems to be an area where De Palma really shines. This isn’t Dressed to Kill or Body Double, but you have very interesting characters and subject matter here. You also get all in a very dreamy state, which I can be equally as appreciate of as I can be frustrated at times. The extra cut of the film is what puts this one up over the top for me and makes this a great release regardless if the movie is considered just “really good” rather than great. Things look nice, you get some cool interviews as well, and we get a great cover for this one.

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Extras

Disc 1:
– Theatrical Version Of The Film
– NEW Interviews With Actors John Lithgow, Steven Bauer, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris And Editor Paul Hirsch
– Original Theatrical Trailer
Disc 2
– Director’s Cut Of The Film Featuring Scenes Reordered As Originally Intended
– NEW Changing Cain: Brian De Palma’s Cult Classic Restored Featurette
– NEW Raising Cain Re-Cut – A Video Essay By Peet Gelderblom

Quality of Transfer: 89%

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