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The Manitou is a ridiculous and just dumb fantasy-horror movie that had some okay performances all things considered, but some laughably bad moments, enough probably making this on the good-bad range.

 

 

The Manitou
(1978)

Genre(s): Horror, Fantasy
Shout Factory | PG – 103 min. – $29.99 | April 16, 2019

Date Published: 04/10/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: William Girdler
Writer(s): Graham Masterson (book); William Girdler and Jon Cedar & Thomas Pope (screenplay)
Cast: Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara, Susan Strasberg, Jon Cedar, Ann Sothern, Burgess Meredith
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Interviews, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Still Gallery
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 44.08 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.66 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE – 2.0/5


Plot Synopsis: What surgeons thought to be a tumor growing on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (SUSAN STRASBERG) is actually a fetus growing at an abnormally accelerated rate. But when Karen reaches out to former lover and phony psychic Harry Erskine (TONY CURTIS), she discovers that she is possessed by the reincarnation of a 400-year-old Native American demon. Now with the help of a modern-day medicine man (MICHAEL ANSARA), Erskine must survive this ancient evil’s rampage of shocking violence and forever destroy the enraged beast known as The Manitou.

Quick Hit Review: The Manitou starts off well enough with some genuine fantasy-horror elements but devolves as the film went along, going full on stupid (in a good bad kind of way) in the insane third act. I will say, Tony Curtis actually wasn’t half bad in the lead and it was fun seeing Burgess Meredith in a small part, serving only to deliver exposition. But other than that, this is kind of a forgettable 1970s-era film.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5


No slip cover but there is reversible artwork revealing the film’s original poster artwork. Not a ton of features, but there is a new Audio Commentary with Film Historian Troy Howarth; interviews with Executive Producer David Sheldon (11:00) and Author Graham Masterson (28:11), a Theatrical Trailer (2:22), some TV Spots (1:32) and a Still Gallery (6:56).

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Shout Factory unleashes The Manitou onto Blu-ray presented with a 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a new 1080p high-definition transfer taken from a 2K scan of the original film elements. This was a nice looking picture, detail was decent and colors probably on par with how it originally was shown in theaters and black levels was stark. There were some minor specs here and there, but nothing terribly distracting.

AUDIO – 3.0/5


The DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track offers good dialogue levels and some slight depth during the climactic sequence. It’s a functional lossless track though nothing terribly special either. I will note that the stereo track did have some fluctuation issues where levels were up and down throughout, unsure if it was the encoding or what, but it was missing from the mono track…

 


OVERALL – 2.75/5


Overall, The Manitou is a ridiculous and just dumb fantasy-horror movie that had some okay performances all things considered, but some laughably bad moments, enough probably making this on the good-bad range, perhaps fun to watch in a group setting.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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