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
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Alternate Ending with Optional Director Commentary
An exploration of the film's opening title design
Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott
Over 33 minutes of Deleted and Alternate Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
Ridleygrams: A Featurette on the Art of Storyboarding
Much better than the book. I think the TV show uses the material better but this is a much better representation of the novel. Not really a lot like Silence of the Lambs as a sequel but to be fair, neither was the book. A real hoot. Image and sound are good as a representation of its time and it has all the special features from the old dvd.
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.
In the sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lector finds himself in Italy...and without giving too much away, if you enjoyed Red Dragon (the prequel), or Silence of the Lambs, you will without a doubt enjoy Hannibal! A must get for all collectors, such as myself.
Hannibal finally gets a proper blu ray courtesy of KL. Most of the special features that were featured on the original DVD release are here. One thing I wish Ridley Scott would have done was edit most of the deleted scenes back into the film. Still I cannot complain too much. I am thankful we received this classic on blu ray at all.
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")!
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.
Silence of the lambs was one of those rare films that was perfect all the way around. perfect adaption from the Thomas Harris novel, perfect direction, perfect action (especially Hopkins and Foster) and is still regarded as one of the best psychological horror films ever made. when Harris followed up his best seller with a sequel entitled Hannibal, it was a much more darker and graphic book with a downbeat unbelievable ending. having read the book which was awesome, the movie, while not bad, left out more of the more gut wrenching (pun intended) scenes and a subplot which i felt was important. also left out was out to not anger the movie audience. Jodie Foster declined to come back having been told the books ending was going to be in the movie citing it was not something Starling would ever do. while hopkins is still great as lector, Julianne Moore is not Clairece Starling. Ridley Scott did do the best he could but it just wasnt quite good enough. had the studio had more balls and went full on book, it would of been a much more powerful and disturbing film. 4 stars since its descent but not the original.