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

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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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

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