Based on the controversial sequel novel of the same name, Hannibal is the much-anticipated follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Anthony Hopkins returns as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, one of the world's most cunning and feared serial killers, who resurfaces after a decade in hiding to toy with FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore). As Starling's career flounders thanks to a drug bust gone wrong, Lecter attempts to elude a greedy Italian police detective (Giancarlo Giannini) who's willing to alert the authorities to his presence in Florence for a price. In the meantime, a maimed but wealthy former victim of Lecter's named Mason Verger (Gary Oldman) plots to get his revenge on the doctor in a most unusual and grisly fashion. The novel by Thomas Harris was adapted for director Ridley Scott by David Mamet and Steven Zaillian.~Karl Williams
19 TV spots
Alternate ending with optional director commentary
An exploration of the film's opening title design
Anatomy of a Shoot-Out: a five-angle breakdown of the "Fish Market" action scene
Audio commentery by director Ridley Scott
Breaking the Silence: the making of Hannibal (including rare footage and interviews)
Over 33 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes with optional director commentary
Ridleygrams: a featurette on the art of storyboarding
Kino Lorber did a wonderful job with their first 4K UHD release of Hannibal. The video has been remastered for not just the 4K UHD disc, but also the Blu-ray, and it looks amazing. Very, very close to the theatrical source.
I think the audio could have used a little updating to a Dolby ATMOS mix for the action sequence, but it isn't entirely necessary for a film like this. Kino Lorber includes the original theatrical mix here, which is still great. As fans, you gotta appreciate how true KL is being to the source here.
There is no digital copy code included with this release, but not a deal breaker since those are only good for quick convenience instead of quality, and trust me, these disc's bring all the quality you need.
Synopsis: The silence has been broken... "Thrilling (Time), "absorbing" (The Wall Street Journal), and "entertaining" (Newsday), this follow-up to The Silence Of The Lambs is an "audacious success" (Us Weekly)! Anthony Hopkins is "perverse perfection" (Rolling Stone) in his return to the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the sophisticated killer who comes out of hiding to draw FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) into a high-stakes battle that will test her strength, cunning... and loyalty. Drenched in terror, suspense and shocking visual effects, Hannibal is "as compelling a film as you will ever see" (Joel Sigel, "Good Morning America")!
I was hoping to find this at BB. I knew one store had it out of my area. I was happy to stumble across it in my local BB. This is Kino's first 4K film and it looked really good. I did not do a Blu to 4K comparison but the picture looked fantastic. Not all movies are mastered for 4K but they can still look better than their Blu counter part. Worth picking up if interested. The price was a lot cheaper than Kino's or Amazon's price.
Now is a better time than none to revisit Hannibal. Kino Lorber Cinema Classics has made this possible in the best resolution currently available in the US. The film looks great. The film story itself will be up to the individual. It’s a vastly different film than Silence Of The Lambs and because of this it may be hard to get into because of high expectations. If you are able to separate and meet this film on it’s own level you may enjoy this pulpy horror sequel.
“Hannibal” is not as good as “The Silence of the Lambs”, but once you get beyond that point, you realize that director Ridley Scott has crafted a fine sequel. It’s also helped by a great performance by Anthony Hopkins, an actor who returns to his role as the villainous Hannibal Lector.
When this film came out it suffered from a confused marketing campaign. It wanted to sell this film as a horror, rather than what it truly is: a gothic romance. The years were not kind to this film, and the old Blu-ray looked awful.
This 4K restoration is a marvelous work, bringing back it visual prestige. There are moments of black crush, but this was meant to be a very dark palette film, so it may simply be a product of the original photography.
As a huge fan of this film I instantly picked this up on the 4K format once the price was right (18.99). I don’t know what’s better...the movie itself or a young Julianne Moore in 4K Ultra HD. I’ll let you decide on that. However, I’ll leave you with this. It’s obviously not a modern day movie, but for its age it looks spectacular on the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format.
"Hannibal" , -the sequel to "Silence of the Lambs" has always been a bit controversial. The book disappointed many (including myself) and Jodie Foster wouldn't get anywhere near it. However, it llooks terrific here, -much darker and more shadowy than ever before, -and there is a Blu-ray included with a lot of extras.