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.
- Region B/2
- 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
- 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