It’s a film that’s both beautiful and horrifying to watch and kudos to director Scott for slapping on some serious helpings of style, as it only added to my enjoyment of the whole thing. The choice to switch up the roles and place primary emphasis on Lecter rather than Starling allowed us to delve deeper in the mindset of the twisted maniac, a psychological journey which kept me interested from start to finish. Lastly, the movie’s dark (and I mean dark) humor worked well in balancing the macabre and the drama, particularly through the character of Mason Verger, Lecter’s arch-nemesis. While the movie may periodically wear thin in the plot and story department, as a character study and entertaining thriller, it does not disappoint. Well worth checking out.
“Multi-Angle Vignettes” allows viewers to “deconstruct” three separate scenes or sequences, by offering multiple camera angles as well as different audio mixes. The flick’s high tension fish market shootout, a short interview segment and storyboards with commentary from Scott as well as the movie’s opening title sequence (reminiscent of the SE7EN DVD) are all available for inspection. They even provide technical camera information (like the lingo for take, focus, etc) to understand what’s on the clapboards. It’s like a virtual film school and makes for a very sweet viewing experience. Rounding things out are the movie’s original and teaser trailer along with 19 (!) freaking TV spots. So if television commercials are your thing, Hannibal goes completely overboard in that department. "Poster Concepts" includes almost 40 preliminary poster designs which eventually evolved into the final product which found its way onto the DVD cover and into theatres. Still Photos" comprises a host of pictures taken during filming and while I'm exactly a fan of such options, was pretty impressed by the range of stills. In closing, the DVD features some super cool animated menus which suit the flick perfectly.