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directed by Brian De Palma
USA 1992

 

Having spent the latter half of the eighties trying out new styles of filmmaking Wise Guys knockabout comedy, The Untouchables prestige gangster pic, Casualties of War's Vietnam movie and The Bonfire of the Vanities satirical misfire Brian De Palma returned to what he knew best, the Hitchcockian psycho-thriller, for Raising Cain.

John Lithgow plays three roles: child psychologist Carter, his evil twin brother Cain, and their Norwegian father, Dr Nix, who likes to experimental on the young. Carter s wife is concerned that her husband isn t quite paying their daughter the right kind of attention; she s also having an affair which, upon discovery, threatens to send him into a psychotic rage...

A relentless blend of murder, multiple personalities, cross-dressing, crazed parents, bizarre dream sequences and stunning cinematic assurance, Raising Cain harks back to those twin masterpieces Psycho and Peeping Tom, but is pure unadulterated De Palma.

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When Jenny cheated on her husband, he didn’t just leave...he split.

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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Theatrical Release: 7 August 1992 (USA)

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Comparison:

Universal Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Shout! Factory "Collector's Edition" Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

Universal Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Universal Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Scream Factory/Shout! Factory
Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:24 Theatrical 1:31:31.986 / DC - 1:31:58.304 Theatrical 1:31:36.491 / DC - 1:31:58.304
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Theatrical 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,470,272,654 bytes

Feature: 29,703,702,528 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

 

Director's Cut: 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,015,798,162 bytes

Feature: 29,741,555,712 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Theatrical 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,852,033,310 bytes

Feature: 22,835,011,584 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

 

Director's Cut: 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,206,837,295 bytes

Feature: 22,941,591,552 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.02 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Universal Pictures

 

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Scream Factory/Shout! Factory Theatrical Blu-ray

 

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Scream Factory/Shout! Factory Director's Cut Blu-ray

 

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Arrow Theatrical Blu-ray

 

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Arriw Director's Cut Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround; French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Theatrical: DTS-HD Master Audio English 3896 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3896 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1998 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1998 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Director's Cut: DTS-HD Master Audio English 3757 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3757 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1987 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1987 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Theatrical:: LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Director's Cut: LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
   

Subtitles English, none English (SDH), none English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:05)
� Production Notes
� Cast & Filmmakers
� Weblinks

DVD Release Date: 8 September 1998
Amaray

Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: Shout! Factory

Theatrical 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,470,272,654 bytes

Feature: 29,703,702,528 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

 

Director's Cut: 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,015,798,162 bytes

Feature: 29,741,555,712 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
DISC ONE:
• Theatrical Version of the film
• NEW interviews with actors John Lithgow (30:01), Steven Bauer (24:00), Gregg Henry (15:47), Tom Bower (8:00), Mel Harris (8:43) and editor Paul Hirsch (10:49)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:05)

Stills Gallery
 

DISC TWO:
• Director’s Cut of the Film featuring scenes reordered as originally intended
• NEW Changing Cain: Brian De Palma’s Cult Classic Restored featurette (2:25)
• NEW Raising Cain Re-Cut – a video essay by Peet Gelderblom (13:02)

Blu-ray Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 15

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow

Theatrical

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,852,033,310 bytes

Feature: 22,835,011,584 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

 

Director's Cut:

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,206,837,295 bytes

Feature: 22,941,591,552 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.02 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
DISC ONE:
Theatrical Version of the film
• Hickory Dickory Doc, a brand-new interview with actor John Lithgow (15:46)
• The Man in My Life, an interview with actor Steven Bauer (24:00)
• Have You Talked to the Others?, an interview with editor Paul Hirsch (10:49)
• Three Faces of Henry, an interview with actor Gregg Henry (15:47)
• The Cat's in the Bag, an interview with actor Tom Bower (8:00)
• A Little Too Late for That, an interview with actor Mel Harris (8:43)
• Raising Pino, a brand-new interview with composer Pino Donaggio (35:46)
• 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 (23:26)

Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer (2:05)

 

DISC TWO: DVD of the Theatrical Cut
 

DISC THREE:
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 (2:24
Raising Cain Re-Cut, a video essay by Gelderblom on the origins and differences of the Director s Cut (13:02)

 

Limited Edition [3000 copies] containing two versions of the film on Blu-ray and the theatrical version on DVD
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson

 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 30th, 2017
Custom Transparent Blu-ray Case
(thick) Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters: 12 + 12

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray January 2017: The Arrow and Shout! Factory packages are similar so we will document the differences;

Like the Shout! Factory, the Arrow image quality is the same for both their own transfers of Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut - on their own separate Blu-ray discs. Technically, Arrow have a, slightly, lower bitrate but the image only show differences by being slightly brighter. You can see by toggling between the full resolution captures linked below. That's it - on the 1080P visuals - just a bit brighter on the Arrow.

Arrow don't offer the surround bumps that Shout! Factory include. There audio transfers are linear PCM - 2.0 channel stereo and sounds crisp and clean. Arrow also include optional English (SDH) subtitles but a slightly different, less bold, font (see samples below). The Arrow Blu-ray, is predictably, region 'B'-locked.

Arrow have most of the, same, interviews of the Shout! Factory which include Steven Bauer (24:00), Gregg Henry (15:47), Tom Bower (8:00), Mel Harris (8:43) and editor Paul Hirsch (10:49) and a trailer and stills gallery are also on the theatrical cut Blu-ray disc. Replacing Shout! Factory's 1/2 hour interview with John Lithgow ('Not One To Hodl a Grudge') though - they have a, brand new, 1/4 hour interview with the lead actor entitled Hickory Dickory Doc. Arrow also add Raising Pino, a brand-new, 35-minute, interview with composer Pino Donaggio and Father's Day, a brand-new, 24-minute, video essay about the multiple versions of Raising Cain by Chris Dumas, author of Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible.

The Second Blu-ray, with the director's cut, is the same as the Shout! Factory - Changing Cain has him explaining his reasoning behind establishing the cut and the 13-minute Raising Cain Re-Cut is a keen new video essay by Peet.

What else do Arrow add? The disc is dual-format so there is a DVD of the theatrical cut available. Their limited edition [3000 copies] has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh plus a booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson.

So the image quality is, essentially a draw, Shout! Factory Blu-rays may get the nudge for the audio - with the surround bump options, but the extras easy go the way of the Arrow - and overall that is the one that we would label the definitive package although both have immense value.

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ADDITION: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray September 2016: Shout! Factory include the Director's Cut on a second Blu-ray disc in this package. The DC is actually a recut done by a fan of the film, Peet Gelderblom, using a DVD to conform to De Palma's script - essentially featuring scenes reordered. De Palma re-edited it into a more linear form before theatrical release. The DC plays well - flowing a bit better. It is the same HD master, so the two version could have been put on the same Blu-ray via seamless-branching but there may not have been enough room for all the extras - I'm not sure (of course, they also could have had a second disc of extras). So the video quality of the two versions is exactly the same. Both have a max'ed out bitrate and advance handily beyond the 1998 SD that looks softer and has an orangey hue to the flesh tones. The DVD may show a shade more information - the 1080P losing a bit on the bottom and left edge.

NOTE: Peet emailed and said "Hey Gary, just saw the Raising Cain review on DVDBeaver. Seamless branching was never an option for the director's cut. It features long dissolves to different scenes, there's an extra establishing shot and the audio has been edited separately from the video in some transitions. The first disc was already finished when De Palma suggested my cut had to be part of this release, so to have the director's cut on a second disc was the logical choice. Best, Peet " (thanks Peet!)

Audio, for both versions, comes in a very robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround with the option of a lossless 2.0 channel stereo. The effects were notably deep with some separations and the score by Pino Donaggio (Dressed to Kill, Don't Look Now, Blow Out, Carrie, Body Double), adds an ominous flavor to the film experience. This has optional English (SDH) subtitles and it a region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.

On the theatrical version Blu-ray disc are 1.5 hours worth of new interviews with actors John Lithgow (30:01), Steven Bauer (24:00), Gregg Henry (15:47), Tom Bower (8:00), Mel Harris (8:43) and editor Paul Hirsch (10:49) all giving reminiscences on the production and working with De Palma and their own careers - some were interesting. There is also an original theatrical trailer and stills gallery on that disc. On disc 2, the Director’s Cut has two new pieces with Peet Gelderblom on that version. Changing Cain has him explaining his reasoning behind establishing the cut and the 13-minute Raising Cain Re-Cut is a keen new video essay by Peet.

Solid Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. It's De Palma - although not premium in the director's overall work. The addition of the reordered DC cut gives it value and I think it's a better, or at least different viewing - setting a more cohesive tone. The new interviews also encourage a purchase. Certainly recommended!

 -Gary and Eric

 


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Sound:

 Shout! Factory Blu-ray

Extras: Arrow Blu-ray
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Distribution

Universal Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Scream Factory/Shout! Factory
Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 


 

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