I’d tell you that Raising Cain is an F’ed up movie, but it’s a De Palma flick, so you probably already know that. This is a film from 1992, starring John Lithgow in several roles, as well as Lolita Davidovich, and Steven Bauer, who appears in every movie since 1984, apparently. It’s a thriller that revolves around child abduction for the purpose of scientific experimentation, and multiple personalities disorder. Though it might be doing you a disservice to say that, but enough time has passed since the release of this movie, and it’s kind of the selling point, so it’s hard to mention it without disclosing that Lithgow’s character suffers from the disease, and within the film, you are exposed to several different versions of him. It doesn’t really let you in on the fact that he doesn’t actually have a twin brother, or that he’s mentally ill, until about the halfway point, but like most films with slight twists, the signs are there from early on. This is a great, messed up little thriller, that if you missed it before now, Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray gives you a perfectly valid excuse to catch it now.
The last time I saw this movie, was likely on a small square television on VHS, so this was definitely the best-looking screening of it I have ever seen. To my knowledge, Scream Factory beat Arrow to market on this title, making this the first time the film has been available on Blu-ray, and it definitely does it justice. It looks and sounds beautiful. The two-disc Blu-ray features both cuts of the film, as well as a restoration documentary, and a retrospective documentary with new interviews with John Lithgow, Steven Bauer, and many more. If you are a fan of this De Palma classic, or if you’re looking to play a little catch-up on movies you might have missed upon initial release, Scream Factory has you covered here. Their Collector’s Edition of the film is now available, and highly recommended by this reviewer. You can pick a copy of your own up by clicking this link to go to their website.