|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Giancarlo Giannini, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Margolis, Gian, Zeljko Ivanek, Frankie R. Faison, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Francesca Neri, Francis Guinan, Julianne Moore|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers|
|Run time:||2 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Jul 2003|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, English, Hindi|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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More interesting when he was behind barsBy Northernsky (318 reviews) from Halifax , 08 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The main fault of this film and its not really the films fault at all, is the book it was sourced from.
Hannibal was a book too in love with its main protagonist, so much so it had the heroine, the intelligent and principled Clarice Starling run off with him. Thankfully the film dumps this preposterous premise. Unfortunately it cannot avoid over eulogising Dr Lector and surprisingly has just not strong enough a character to carry a film on his own.
This is primarily down to Anthony Hopkins portrayal. His camp pantomime approach strips him of his icy charisma. Compared to Brian Coxs steely sarcastic cameo in the superb Manhunter this is cartoon villainy. He wanders round Florence looking like Henry Blofeld and exuding all the danger of the plumy voiced commentator.
Julianne Moore is an excellent actress but doesnt sit right as the driven Clarice and Gary Oldhams Mason Verger looks like a half melted waxwork of Skeletor.
The plots too silly to convince, again the fault of the book, and it finally ends with an attitude that says Lector is a bit of a rogue who just happens to horribly murder and occasionally eat people. The rascal.
It seems even the talented Ridley Scott could not make anything worthwhile with this risible material. The sooner Lector is behind bars again the better. He was far more interesting then.
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So many career low-pointsBy a customer from Ludlow , 28 Feb 2011Quite a disappointment: even the burning cigarette sound effects were cynical. Not so much ensemble; more a mish-mash of parts. Nice angles and excellent lighting on Florence, though.
Brains 4 allBy Exodus3030 (65 reviews) from Thornton Heath , 07 May 2010I have watched more horror films than u can imagine, not because I like them but because I want something to make me afraid for once.
Their is one scene where I could not watch it until my 3rd attempt. The dinner table part. Hannibal fries the guys brain & feeds it to him. This film is 2hrs & 10 mins long, 2hrs is a complete bore, but those 10 mins describing the scene above is mortifying.
I've watched 'Red Dragon' & 'Silence of the Lambs' which should really be listed pg, 'Hannibal' won't scare u but turn your stomach upside down.
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Brilliant!By Iain1 (13 reviews) from Ipswich , 23 Mar 2009Really enjoyed this film, really creepy and Lecter is just as disturbed as always! Probably not as good as the book but a pretty good adaptation. Oh, and the make up on Verger is AMAZING!
great filmBy a customer from Rochford , 12 Feb 2009great film, watch it.
goodBy a customer from Preston , 03 Dec 2008i watched silence of the lambs recently and was eagarly awaiting Hannibal being sent out,
i was disapointed at first to see the lack of jodie foster as clarence starling and found the 1st half of the film a little boring, however the film did improve towards the 2nd half and the new clarence actress was believable yet not as good in my opinion as jodie.
in the end i enjoyed this film, the 2nd half at least and thought it was worth watching but not as good as silence of the lambs.
it was much more grewsome and graphic so not for those with a light stomach!!!