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Red Dragon - Director's Edition (2002)

Anthony Hopkins , Edward Norton , Brett Ratner  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson
  • Directors: Brett Ratner
  • Writers: Ted Tally
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089A07
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Dragon - Director's Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Lecter's FBI File and Life History
  • Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer - Hosted By John Douglas
  • Anthony Hopkins: Lecter and Me
  • The Making of Red Dragon
  • Feature Commentary with Director Brett Ratner and Writer Ted Tally
  • Music Score Commentary with Composer Danny Elfman
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • DVD-ROM Features Including Total Axess
  • Recommendations
  • A Director's Journey
  • Brett Ratner's Student Film
  • Visual Effects
  • Screen and Film Tests
  • Makeup Application
  • The Burning Wheelchair
  • The Leeds' House Crime Scene
  • Storyboards to Final Feature Comparison
  • Trailers

  • Editorial Reviews

    Anthony Hopkins reprises his Oscar-wining role as the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the thrilling prequel critics are hailing as "A Suspenseful Masterpiece!" (Fox-TV) After capturing Dr. Lecter, FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) retires - only to be called back to active duty to hunt down an elusive killer, "The Tooth Fairy" (Ralph Fiennes). Red Dragon is the electrifying, critically acclaimed movie that "returns the series to The Silence of the Lambs form" (Jack Mathews, New York Daily News).

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    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars ANTHONY HOPKINS STEALS THE SHOW... April 7, 2003
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    Based upon the wonderful, well-written novel "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris, this is a superior and chilling thriller. Grim and gripping, it features Edward Norton in the role of troubled, retired FBI agent, Will Graham, who is called back to service in order to track down a bizarre serial killer, known as the "Tooth Fairy". It appears that Graham has the uncanny ability to get into a killer's mindset and figure out what his next move might be. It is as if he and the killer become one. In his preparation for this, Graham even consults the imprisoned Hannibal Lecter (yes, THE Hannibal Lecter), deliciously played by Anthony Hopkins. Unfortunately for Graham, Hannibal has not forgotten that Graham was responsible for his changed circumstances.

    It is Hannibal Lecter, after all, who was the catalyst for Will Graham's retirement. The viewer is treated to scenes of Lecter's life, before he was revealed to be Hannibal the Cannibal, one of the sickest serial killers ever to strike. The viewer sees the renowned psychiatrist in his milieu as an erudite, cultured, and wealthy patron of the arts. A noted gourmand, Dr. Lecter liked nothing better than to give intimate dinner parties for the favored few. Of course, some of the ingredients used for his dinners were best left unsaid. It was nice to see the always excellent John Rubenstein in the small role of a dinner guest, heaping accolades upon Hannibal for his dinner parties.

    The movie is compelling and, at all times, gripping. Anthony Hopkins reprises his career defining role and steals the show (Really, Hannibal Lecter has become all but a cottage industry for him!). With a twinkle in his eye, he is, in his low key way, deliciously malevolent.
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    56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Until the End..... October 5, 2002
    When I first saw Michael Mann's adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon", I was blown away; I'd never encountered a character as evil and wiley as Hannibal Lector (Played by Brian Cox.)....Years later, I read Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs back to back, and was blown away again. Especially by Red Dragon- The end of the book was SO powerful and dark that upon finishing the book, I sat in stunned silence for the rest of the train ride home. How could they have NOT used that end in Manhunter???
    Well, here's more of the same....Red Dragon is perfect in nearly every way, except for the ending, which, while retaining the same setting, opts for a more "Crowd-pleasing" finale...and loses that punched-in-the-gut feeling that the novel gives.
    The cast is top-notch, as one would expect from actors the caliber of Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Especially good as the loathsome Freddie Lounds..), etc. Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, and Anthony Hopkins are all spellbinding in their respective roles as Fed, Serial Killer, and Imprisoned Cannibal, and the actual depiction of the capture of Lector, as well as his infamous dinner party is a real treat. I just couldn't get past that ending, though. Ever since Hannibal came out, I've been looking forward to the promised "Faithful" adaptation of Red Dragon. This isn't it. It's a well-made thriller with a cop-out ending. See the movie, by all means; If you liked the previous Hannibal films, you'll like this. But then do yourself a favor and read the book, to see the TRUE finale to the Will Graham/Tooth Fairy saga.
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    32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Red Dragon 4 � Manhunter 4 November 23, 2002
    The debate has raged long and hard as to which of the adaptations of Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon is superior with most people plumping for whichever version they saw first. For this is the problem with remakes (or watching a movie having already enjoyed the novel) and particularly with thrillers, where it's the twists and turns that dictate just how much viewing pleasure and excitement there is for the audience. So at the end of the day being objective about which movie is better and how to rate each one is very difficult (and perhaps all that serves to prove is the pointlessness of the debate) but for what it's worth here goes...
    In a third outing as the world's favourite cannibal Anthony Hopkins returns in this prequel to "The Silence of The Lambs", complete with a ponytail in a new and very clever opening sequence that pits Hannibal Lecter against the FBI's special agent Will Graham (Edward Norton). Directed by Brett Ratner, (a surprise choice given that his last two outings were The Family Man and Rush Hour 2), Red Dragon sets out to recapture the tension of Jonathan Demme's multi-oscar winning "Silence of The Lambs" and to this end the sets of Hannibal Lecter's prison cell have been expertly recreated. Anthony Heald makes a return as the disgustingly sleazy asylum boss, Dr Chilton and Anthony Hopkin's part is inflated from both the novel of its origin and Manhunter. For make no mistake, this is (unlike Ridley Scott's Hannibal) not a Hannibal Lecter film, just as it was never a Hannibal Lecter novel.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars this is a really good movie
    if you liked silence of the lams, you will like this movie. I didn't like the second movie where the guy ate his own brains.
    Published 4 days ago by zane
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal...but younger....kind of...
    Not sure the thinking here of having an older Hopkins play a younger Hannibal. I'm glad for consistency but sometimes it was painful to watch him suck in his gut like that. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by jackb
    3.0 out of 5 stars least favorite of the 4 but still decent
    its my least favorite of the 4 but its still decent. of course you have to watch it along with the rest... Read more
    Published 5 days ago by christopher d monroe
    4.0 out of 5 stars Compare to the original "Manhunter"
    I didn't know this was a remake until recently. The ending is changed from the original ("Manhunter") and generally the remake seems to serve to fill in plot for the... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Jennifer Langdon
    5.0 out of 5 stars red dragon dvd
    This is a great movie!!!And Anthony Hopkins is at his very best as always.From the beginning to the end it keeps your interest.It did mine all the way through the movie.. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by bulldog
    1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting
    This movie, like so many in its genre, glorifies psychopathy and encourages viewers to revel in sick, dark, perverse thoughts.
    Published 12 days ago by John Glaser
    4.0 out of 5 stars Watched for the 4-5 time
    It was just as good as the first time I watched it (GREAT!) but after watching the show hannibal, I could only give it 4 stars now instead of 5... Read more
    Published 18 days ago by Diego Diaz
    3.0 out of 5 stars Just watch the TV show Hannibal instead!
    Pretty sure this is almost the same movie as Silence of the Lambs... it's written in about the same time as the TV show Hannibal, and the TV show Hannibal is SO MUCH BETTER!
    Published 19 days ago by Sydney Carmen Sandiego Bristow
    4.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Is Incredibly Twisted!
    I rarely buy blu ray movies online, but finding this one in the stores was almost impossible. I added this gem to my collection with Silence of the Lambs as my all time... Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Darren Helgesen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness
    I love all the Hannibal Lector movies. So far the disc works perfect and I am very happy with them.
    Published 23 days ago by AnneKeat137
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    Anthony Hopkins- hannibal the cannibal
    Dr.Lecter submits an personal to the National Tattler as a coded message to the Tooth Fairy to kill Graham and his family.
    Aug 11, 2007 by Michelle Conway |  See all 2 posts
    What is the difference between the Director's Cut and the Collector's...
    Thanks for asking the question, Ms Megan. I've found the answer about the Extras -- you'll see that at the bottom of this post. But I can't find clue one about what the difference is (if any) between the movie itself on the previous DVDs and the version on this "Director's Cut."
    This... Read more
    Jan 13, 2008 by ari180 |  See all 2 posts
    uncut horror movies
    You know, they should all be uncut.
    Mar 18, 2009 by A Hermit |  See all 2 posts
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