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Hannibal (2001) [Blu-ray] - Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore - (Blu-ray - 2011) (2011)

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  • Studio: MGM/Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (840 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004M7MYV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Taking the basic plot contraptions from Thomas Harris's baroque novel, Hannibal is so stylistically different from its predecessor that it forces you to take it on its own terms. Director Ridley Scott gives the film a sleek, almost European look that lets you know that, unlike the first film (which was about the quintessentially American Clarice), this movie is all Hannibal. Does it work? Yes--but only up to a point. Scott adeptly sets up an atmosphere of foreboding, but it's all buildup for anticlimax, as Verger's plot for abducting Hannibal (and feeding him to man-eating wild boars) doesn't really deliver the requisite visceral thrills, and the much-ballyhooed climatic dinner sequence between Clarice, Dr. Lecter, and a third unlucky guest wobbles between parody and horror. Hopkins and Moore are both first-rate, but the film contrives to keep them as far apart as possible, when what made Silence so amazing was their interaction. When they do connect it's quite thrilling, but it's unfortunately too little too late. --Mark Englehart This marks the first time HANNIBAL is available on its own on the Blu-ray hi-def format!

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of His Mind March 23, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I read the book Hannibal and thought it was unfilmable. I was pleasantly surprised therefore to find that two superb screenwriters, David Mamet and Steve Zaillion, were able to make the changes necessary to delete the parts of the book that didn't work while keeping the essence of Thomas Harris's exercise in dark malevolence.
Hannibal Lecter is the boogie man. He is the distillation of the nightmare villain...brilliant, cultured, educated, refined, erudite and thoroughly ruthless and bloodthirsty. He is a creation of fiction, no more real than Dracula or Professor Moriarty. He bears no resemblance to actual serial killers, who by and large are a drab, colorless, undistinguished lot. Maybe that's why we are fascinated by Hannibal, all that talent and charm put to wicked uses.
Please note one thing, the book and the movie take place 10 years AFTER Silence of the Lambs. Clarice Starling is not the wide-eyed innocent of Silence, but a street-tough working cop that is getting jerked around by the bureaucracy she has served faithfully and well. She is the only truly moral person in an unjust and cruel world. It is that morality that ironically is her attraction for Hannibal. It would have been interesting to see, but I'm not sure Jody Foster could have brought that toughness to the role. Julianne Moore did fine.
Anthony Hopkins owns the role. As in Silence, it isn't him jumping out and going "BOO!" that makes us uneasy, it is the sinister stillness and self-posession of his Hannibal that frightens and chills. All that evil nastiness contained within that can be unleashed at any time. Hopkin's Hannibal is a marvelous creation of wit and charm, ridding the world of "free range rude".
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a grotesque horror film November 3, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Writing this movie off as a senseless catalogue of horrors does a terrible injustice to it. In this version, Lecter is free and living in Tuscany, which automatically involves a shift in the tone of the film. No longer the caged animal, Dr. Lecter is living the high life in Florence as an expert in Medieval and Early Renaissance Literature. Lecter free is Lecter happy, and Anthony Hopkins admirably portrays his verve. I thought Julianne Moore portrayed an older, more world-weary, Clarice Starling with skill, and is by no means just a second-choice-after-Jodie-Foster. Foster's Starling was inexperienced, though promising. Moore shows the flowering of that promise superbly. Gary Oldman played as he always does, with a brilliant conviction. But enough, anyone can test the truth of this by viewing the movie.
What I thought was missing in previous reviews, and which spurred me to write this one, is an explanation for the violence of Hannibal. It was sufficient to turn many viewers' stomachs, and I'm not entirely sure that they were wrong, albeit one can see equally graphic video of *real live people* with the top of their head cut away while undergoing brain surgery--in some cases they are still conscious and talking! In the other cases, the cinematography shows very little. The disfiguring of Mason Verger is in blurry and shaky camera work, the attack on the nurse (referred to in Silence and played in video here) is entirely obscured by Lecter's back and the bodies of two orderlies, and the final end of Mason Verger is again primarily not seen, only enough is shown to give us an idea of the horror. That so many reacted so strongly suggests that Ridley Scott achieved his probable goal in showing us little, but making it seem like much more.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Silence of the Lambs, Part 2 May 11, 2001
Format:DVD
Too many people have gone into this movie with the expectation of watching Silence of the Lambs rehashed. I haven't ever anticipated a movie so much, and I was very nervous that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. It exceeded them.
Hannibal cannot be compared to Silence because they are completely different. Silence was a crime thriller, while Hannibal was suspense and a little romance. The motivating forces are different, as well. In Hannibal, there is no race against the clock to save the day. The pace is very laid back, and the story unfolds in its own time.
Returning to the lead character, Anthony Hopkins delivers a performance as good as I've come to expect. In Silence, we didn't get to learn much about Hannibal, because he was behind the glass for most of the movie. But this is his movie, and Hopkins does it well. He's not as scary as he was in Silence, but that was ten years ago, and he's mellowed out a lot. Don't get me wrong ... he's still scary. But he can also be a lot of other things as well.
Julianne Moore replaced Jodie Foster, and to tell you the truth, I didn't miss her. Except for the scene with the recordings. But other than that, Julianne Moore was truly excellent. I had always liked her as an actress, but this movie made me truly respect her abilities.
The score by Hans Zimmer is absolutely beautiful. It's been a long time since I've bought a movie soundtrack, but this one was worth it. I really hope there's an isolated score on the DVD.
All in all, it is a very entertaining movie. There's a little bit of everything, from suspense to a little horror to romance. Just remember, it's not Silence of the Lambs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See!
I love Anthony Hopkins he does such a great job portraying Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Definitely my favorite character, a must see.
Published 1 day ago by Erika Askin
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Hopkins
Who could this part better, nobody! He is a great actor in everything, suspense is beyond scary, love it. very good
Published 2 days ago by Donna D. Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent movie
Decent sequel but not as good as the original. I feel I would have given it another star if I wasn't comparing it to Silence of the Lambs. But it is it's sequel so I must. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Dannit
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopkins is a great actor!
He keeps the movie going with his suburb acting skills as he does in other films he acts in.
I won't believe in the validity of the "Oscars" until he is nominated and... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Thomas Green
1.0 out of 5 stars sickning
I think it was too extreme and disgusting. I really don't enjoy seeing all that and dirty sex, just for the sake of wild sex.
Published 9 days ago by Ray Ranallo
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie
Love this movie it was greatest movieto watch will watch it again again thank you also my favorite movie etc,
Published 9 days ago by Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously evil villain
I remembered a different ending than this version. Good cast, good writing and directing. The feral hogs fit right in. Not often you get to cheer on the bad guy.
Published 11 days ago by Richard C. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
As sick as this whole theory is, this is a great, classic movie. I randomly watch it all the time since its release years ago.
Published 12 days ago by ASBSMS
5.0 out of 5 stars greeat movie
this is another great movie in the series that fills in more details in the story. I enjoyed watching this and the series
Published 13 days ago by Rich Pater
1.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark completely
None of the connection with the characters that made the original so compelling. Attempts to achieve the same effect through impossibly and implausibly gory scenes
Published 14 days ago by Eric Vincent
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