Road Rash Reviews

Raising Cain Dual Format Review*****

Cert 15 | 87 mins | 1992

5 star release of an all time classic psychological thriller.

Raising Cain was first released in 1992 and was written and directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface, Phantom of the Paradise). 25 years on it is now enjoying a release on Dual Format DVD and Blu-ray, with lots of special features, including a director’s cut.

Raising Cain tells us the story of Carter (John Lithgow – Third Rock from the Sun), a child psychologist who lives with his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich – The Longest Ride, Gods and Monsters) and daughter Amy. His wife is worried about the almost obsessive attention he pays to their daughter, almost treating her as one of his test subjects.

The local area is in turmoil as local mothers are being killed and their children going missing, leaving the police running round in circles.

Jenny is having an affair with Jack Dante (Steven Bauer – Primal Fear, The Lookalike), the widower of a former patient and when Carter discovers this, he descends into madness and all hell breaks loose.

There really isn’t anything else you can say about this film without giving the whole game away, it’s full of twists and turns in  the true style of Brian De Palma.

John Lithgow is quite magnificent and extremely sinister in his three roles, child psychologist Carter, his twin brother Cain and their father Dr. Nix. It’s a crazy mixed up rollercoaster ride and with all the special features this is a must own for fans of psychological horror.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Limited Edition [3000 copies] containing two versions of the film on Blu-ray and the theatrical version on DVD
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on both versions
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson

DISCS 1 & 2: THEATRICAL VERSION [BLU-RAY & DVD]
High Definition digital transfer of the theatrical version
Hickory Dickory Doc, a brand-new interview with actor John Lithgow
The Man in My Life, an interview with actor Steven Bauer
Have You Talked to the Others?, an interview with editor Paul Hirsch
Three Faces of Henry, an interview with actor Gregg Henry
The Cat’s in the Bag, an interview with actor Tom Bower
A Little Too Late for That, an interview with actor Mel Harris
Raising Pino, a brand-new interview with composer Pino Donaggio
Father’s Day, a brand-new video essay about the multiple versions of Raising Cain by Chris Dumas, author of Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible
Theatrical Trailer

DISC 3: DIRECTOR’S CUT [LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE]
Raising Cain: The Director’s Cut, a De Palma-endorsed recreation of the film by Peet Belder Gelderblom, re-ordered as originally planned
Changing Cain: Brian De Palma’s Cult Classic Restored, an introduction by Gelderblom to the Director’s Cut
Raising Cain Re-Cut, a video essay by Gelderblom on the origins and differences of the Director’s Cut

“Hickory dickory doc. Cain has picked his lock…”

Raising Cain is available to buy now on Dual Format DVD and Blu-ray

DirectorBrian De Palma
GenreCrime, drama, horror
StarringJohn Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer
Available to buy on : Own Raising Cain on DVD Own Raising Cain on Blu-Ray
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