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HANNIBAL (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring:
Anthony Hopkins
Julianne Moore
Gary Oldman
Ray Liotta
Frankie Faison

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Hannibal returns to America and attempts to make contact with disgraced Agent Starling and survive a vengeful victim's plan.
Is it good movie?
Note: This review comes from my previous review of the Hannibal Lecter Collection. This disc has just been re-issued as a single disc edition.

I'm so disappointed to finally admit after all these years that this movie sort of eats butt. Here's the problem- I read the book first. Now, I'm not going to do the whole 'the movie sucks because of the book' thing. The issue is that I loved the book so much that I was blind to see how lame the movie really was and I filled in all of the cracks myself with what I knew from the book. Now, I don't hate the movie..as I said before, I always liked it. The thing about it is that it's a narrative mess, running about all over the place and it never really settles on a tone that works. There's a lot of problems with the casting. First, this movie should never have been made without Jodie Foster, and Julianne Moore was not the best replacement. This was a fatal flaw and she's just not up to the task, despite being a capable actress. Also, Ray Liotta is awful as FBI agent Krendler, a real ham.

I like some things about this movie. It's cool that Hannibal's on the lam and Hopkins is up to the task here without a doubt. His dialogue is great and without him, the film would be nothing. I also thought that Gary Oldman's Mason verger character was really well done, but you don't see enough of him. Conversely though, the whole bounty hunter thing to make Lecter a hero comes off poorly and is really badly transferred from the book. I also liked the european opera scenes that took place, although they just seemed like an excuse to have Lecter kill people in a faraway land.

When this movie finally ends, it does so with a whimper and with one of the most unintentionally hilarious scenes I've seen in awhile. It plays like a fart in church and people really remember that scene for all the worst reasons.

Ultimately, this movie comes off like a strange art flick attempt to keep Hannibal's legacy alive and it doesn't work well. I'll always enjoy it for what it is, but it is definitely full of problems and only weakens the series.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p) widescreen, and looks great, undoubtedly the best in the Lecter collection with sharp definition and great color balance.

Audio is presented in DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio and it too sounds great. You can rip on a lot that Hannibal has to offer, but it's a gorgeously scored movie, the Opera scene still remains one of my favorites.
The Extras
Hannibal is as empty as Lecter's cell most of the time. Nothing to see here.
Last Call
It isn't dreadful, but it isn't great either. I'd recommend the book for the most complete picture here, and although I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for this film, it isn't top notch.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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