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Red Dragon [WS] [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [2002]

  • SKU: 5334747
  • Release Date: 04/01/2003
  • Rating: R
Fans of Hannibal Lecter get more than fava beans and a nice Chianti with Red Dragon from Universal. In this prequel to the blockbuster The Silence of the Lambs, viewers get plenty of in-depth extras about Hollywood's favorite serial killer. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the picture is clear and crisp. Even during the shadowy scenes, the images come across sharp. The English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround lives up to the format's reputation, producing static-free dialog and sound effects. Universal created a satisfying selection of extras on this disc, mainly because there's so much attention focused on Dr. Lecter himself. To start, viewers can enter the world of cinema's creepy killer through "Hannibal Lecter's FBI Case File and Life History," a nifty little collection of easy-to-read documents. Star Anthony Hopkins gives viewers an in-depth taste of his relationship to his character in "Anthony Hopkins: Lecter and Me." He discusses how he first met Dr. Lecter: Hopkins' agent sent over the script of The Silence of the Lambs, and Hopkins thought it was a children's movie. "The Making of Red Dragon" is the obligatory behind-the-scenes featurette, but Universal created a less commercialized, meatier extra by focusing more on the cast members and characters instead of the typical sales-pitch trailer stuff. For viewers who admire musical genius Danny Elfman, a quasi-hidden musical-score commentary will be much appreciated. The selection of additional scenes, with optional commentary, is a well-organized extra that's worth a look. Here, Universal broke the choices up into three categories: deleted scenes, extended scenes, and alternate versions of scenes. One particularly creepy choice is the "Attic Scene with Dragon Voice." The disc also boasts of a decent audio commentary with Brett Ratner and Ted Tally. The oft-funny banter touches on the origins of the film, the workings of the production team, and the nitty-gritty of filmmaking. Yet perhaps one of the biggest perks of the disc is the featurette "Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer." This Court TV-like feature, hosted by renowned FBI profiler John Douglas, provides insight into the mind of killers like Lecter. Douglas parallels his own experiences with those of the character Will Graham, played by Edward Norton.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 17)

    Special Features


    • "The Criminal Profile of Hannibal Lecter": Renowned profiler John Douglas' theories on how Hannibal Lecter and real serial killers are profiled
    • "The Life History of Hannibal Lecter": A timeline from childhood to present day
    • Hannibal Lecter's FBI case file
    • Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter
    • Commentary by director Brett Ratner and writer Ted Tally
    • Deleted scenes
    • DVD-ROM features
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Red Dragon
    Following the phenomenal success of The Silence Of The Lambs and Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins returns as brilliant madman Hannibal Lecter in this thriller based on the novel in which author Thomas Harris introduced the character. Will Graham (Edward Norton) is an FBI agent with a rare gift for tracking serial killers who brought Hannibal Lecter to justice; however, his confrontation with Lecter proved to be a bloody, near-death experience, and afterward Graham retired from the Bureau, moving to Florida to spend his time with his wife, Molly (Mary-Louise Parker), and their son. However, a particularly grisly killer is on the loose, and Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel), Graham's one-time mentor at the Bureau, asks him to return to duty to find him. The "Tooth Fairy" is a vicious murderer who kills entire families at once, covering the eyes of his victims with bits of a shattered mirror. Graham finds he needs help putting together the pieces of the "Tooth Fairy" case, and he calls upon Lecter looking for advice. Lecter, at once vaguely helpful and self-serving, as usual, offers scraps of information to Graham which help him zero in on the killer. But Lecter knows more than he's telling; the "Tooth Fairy" is actually Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), a troubled and withdrawn man who admires Lecter's violent panache and corresponds with him. Dolarhyde works at a film processing lab, where one of his co-workers, a blind woman named Reba McClane (Emily Watson), seems to be quite attracted to him. As Dolarhyde wrestles with both his murderous impulses and his feelings for McClane, Lecter plays Graham and Dolarhyde against one another so that, as the FBI agent comes closer to catching "the Tooth Fairy," Dolarhyde moves in on his next victim -- Graham's family. Red Dragon marked the second time Harris' novel of the same name had been brought to the screen; five years prior to The Silence Of The Lambs, Michael Mann adapted the book for the screen as Manhunter, which starred William Petersen as Graham and Brian Cox as Lecter. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Anthony Hopkins
      Anthony Hopkins - Hannibal Lecter
    • Edward Norton
      Edward Norton - FBI Agent Will Graham
    • Ralph Fiennes
      Ralph Fiennes - Francis Dolarhyde, AKA The Tooth Fairy
    • Harvey Keitel
      Harvey Keitel - Agent Jack Crawford
    • Emily Watson
      Emily Watson - Reba McClane



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 17 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great remake!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      This is an amazing film, my wife and I love it! This is actually a remake of the 1986 film Manhunter, which was based off of Thomas Harris's book Red Dragon. I actually watched Red Dragon first, then later found out about Manhunter. I'm sure Manhunter was good for it's time, but watching it after Red Dragon, it's not nearly as good. The script is almost identical, but Red Dragon has much better acting, and is more fast paced and intense. If you're a fan of Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal as we are, you'll love this installment of the series. Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, and Ralph Fiennes were all terrific in this film. I highly recommend it! Also, I recommend Hannibal Rising, see how it all begins.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Crime Thriller!

      Posted
      moviereviewer1949
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      The Blu-ray provided an excellent picture and sound. This movie shows how F.B.I. Agent Graham captures the serial killer Hannibal the Cannibal. The movie then moves forward in time where another serial killer known as "The Tooth Fairy" is killing entire families when he strikes. The F.B.I. asks Graham for help on this case and he agrees to assist. The story is well written and well acted. Red Dragon precedes The Silence of the Lambs and comes close to being just as entertaining.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Interesting film

      Posted
      BeLLaNYC

      I recommend watching this film of the silence of the lambs saga because it gives the story line before Hannibal meets Clarice Starling. It shows you how he ended up in prison and the detective that Edward Norton plays helps you to understand a little more background. So it's the story before silence of the lambs in sequence.However, the character of the red dragon wasn't so great. I definitely feel they could have went further with the storyline.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid film -- surprisingly

      Posted
      Eric
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      Recently watched this DVD and was surprised by the competency of the direction. Convincing performances -- particularly by Ralph Fiennes -- and a decent (if predictable) story. Perhaps not as good as Michael Mann's "Manhunter", but definitely superior to Ridley Scott's "Hannibal".

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Thriller

      Posted
      PrincessC
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      Yes, the legend Mr. Hopkins returns! I loved it, and Anthony still thrilled me per usual with his brilliant portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie

      Posted
      Knight77

      this is one of my favorite movies of it's kind . the whole movie was very interesting . if your a big fan of these movie's , you will love this one . i would recomend this movie to my friends !!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hannibal sequel

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      MyComment
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      One of the best Hannibal - Crime and Suspenseful movie so far

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie

      Posted
      Daniel
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      Great movie love the video quality and audio. Movie is worth watching again on blu ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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