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  • Actors: Helena Lia Tachovska, Richard Leaf, Michele Wade, Martin Hub, Ingeborga Dapkunaite
  • Directors: Peter Webber
  • Producers: Dino de Laurentiis, Martha de Laurentiis, Tarak Ben Ammar
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AS7VQM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,926 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Prequel charting the making of a maniac as the formative years of Hannibal Lecter - surely the most gruesome childhood in history - are recounted. 1941, Lithuania and the Lecter family, residents of Lecter Castle, live an idyllic life. Until the Nazi invasion of the Baltic turns everything upside down and the family is hunted for its life. They escape to their hunting lodge where they shelter for three years as the war rages. The Soviets finally drive the Germans out but in their retreat they blow up a Russian tank, which kills the whole family but Hannibal and his younger sister Mischa. The two seek refuge and must turn to cannibalism to survive. Rogue Russians who have collaborated with the Nazis are roaming the countryside trying to evade a certain death. The brigands come across the two starving children and commit a brutal act that is the first notch in shaping the monster Hannibal is to later become.

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Though Hannibal Rising's Lecter (Gaspard Ulliel) is a pussycat compared to Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs, this sequel's story of revenge is grizzly enough to satisfy lovers of Thomas Harris's epic tale. After young Hannibal (Aaron Thomas) is forced to watch his little sister, Mischa (Helena Lia Tachovska), devoured by starving soldiers in his homeland Lithuania, Hannibal vows to avenge his sister's death by slaying those who committed not only war crimes against the Lecters, but also against other families during WW II.

In detailing Hannibal's revenge plan, the film investigates the psychological implications of witnessing cannibalism to justify Hannibal's insatiable appetite for human flesh. The most interesting aspect of Hannibal Rising--its analytical connections drawn between Hannibal's childhood traumas and his murderous adult obsessions--is also the film's weak point. The links oversimplify Lecter's complex character. For example, though titillating to see flashbacks of Lecter's sister hacked up and boiled while Lecter visits a Parisian meat market, the reference is too obvious. One learns why he excels in his medical school classes dissecting cadavers, and we're given explicit explanation for why he slices off and eats his victims' cheeks. The story only complicates when Hannibal interacts with his sexy Aunt, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li). When Murasaki educates him in the art of beheading, the viewer sees Hannibal's sword fetish as a manifestation of physical lust. --Trinie Dalton --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Antony on 26 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
If "Silence of the Lambs" was an episode of "Lost", this would be the flashback sequence. While the acting is fine, the script is fine, the production is fine, the sum of the whole simply lacks bite. It's competent, it's okay, it's worth watching. But any film featuring the Hannibal Lecter character is forever in the shadow of the "Lambs", and to date no other Lecter movie has replicated its subtle terror, and indeed Anthony Hopkins almost became his own caricature by the time "Red Dragon" hit the shelves.

This installment does nothing to enhance the franchise, and let's be honest here: if not for the previous movies, this would never have been made - at least not with a cinema release and certainly not as glossy and well-finished.

And this is where it falls down. It's TOO nicely finished, TOO clean. This needed to be gritty and dirty. It reveals too much story too soon, leaving only a single revelation for the denouement. There's too much obvious violence early on, and it soons descends into a pretty average revenge movie.

Yes, an interesting insight into the Lecter character. But thrilling? Nah. (Still better than "Hannibal" though). Oh, and wide open for a sequel / TV series? Yeah, that's right. It is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. JM Brice on 5 Jan. 2011
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If you love the Thomas Harris books and Hannibal films, this is a perfect addition. Storyline as close to the book as you're going to get. Brilliant!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor on 22 Nov. 2012
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I loved this film. Everything about it is amazing to me. To see the troubled past of a young Hannibal Lecter and how he gets his Cannibal tendencies and the way he deals with the ones who started him off this gruesome path. The sound is pretty amazing and I’m very particular about sound especially when it comes to movies. I do wish though it had been given the HD treatment as it would have been awesome then. The picture is nicely graded and adds very well to the style of the film.

Over all a great Bluray. I wish though the white circle stating it to be the uncut version was a sticker and not part of the cover picture.
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The Hannibal franchise has a lot of diversity, after the average remake of the excellent manhunter and the average Hannibal, lector needed to be as frightening as e was in silence of the lamb, this prequel is well made and doesnt dissapoint! Better than the book and better than Hannibal and red dragon wat really makes this film work is the screenplay was written by Thomas Harris it is set during and after the war and Rhys I fans is in excellent form playing the villain, now we have the excellent series on TV it is very interesting to watch this, but Hannibal is he a vigilante or a serial killer? Both!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Cooper on 8 Jan. 2013
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Whilst I enjoyed this film as a stand alone film, I found it hard to relate this to the excellent series of Hannibal films to date. Whilst Gaspard Ulliel was convincing in his portrayal of a psycopathic killer evolving into his trade and bent on revenge, imagining him 'rising' into Hopkins's brilliant Hannibal was asking a lot. Beautifully atmospheric and an excellent cast.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Red Rose on 29 May 2009
Format: DVD
I am glad that I did take the time to check this one out, as it was difficult to know what to think reading such a mixed bag of reviews.

A good storyline with a fair amount of action to go with it. The story follows the young Hannibal as he seeks retribution against those who committed terrible war crimes against hos family and in particular his sister, who they ate when there was no food.

This is not shocking as one would expect, given the subject material but a very decent, edge of your seat, action thriller once the film gets moving. Cleverly directed, in as much as the young Hannibal is seen as the victim for at least some of the film.

Gaspard Ulliel, in the main role, is chillingly convincing, but does not over step the mark.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor Preston on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
this is interesting to find out how Hannibal became a killer.
during ww2 he and his sister were captured by Russian soldiers
starving the young girl soon became a meat stew which they all ate
the same fate was planned for Hannibal, luckily he got away
growing up he developed a taste for violent revenge if he was angered
this has a similar beginning to the omen antichrist movies
although Hannibal is directly responsible for the deaths
the ultimate sociopath who is born to kill
this is an essential prequel to the silence of the lambs
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2013
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I prefer to see this film as a stand-alone story about a young,extremely gifted and intelligent serial killer embarking on his first kills out of revenge and finding himself enjoying it so much he makes a career out of it,rather than the obvious link with the iconic older Hannibal Lecter.

In that frame it works very well.And it may help explain why in later years,rich and successful and practicing in America, he chose to kill rather than enjoy the 'American Dream':it was to satisfy his appetite,not for money,revenge or even improving his local orchestra.

Extremely well acted throughout with great supporting performances from Dominic West,Rhys Ifans and Gong Li.

The sets are superb from war-ravaged Eastern Europe to 1950's France----Wow! so many Citroen Light and Big 15's on display!

If you have the other Hannibal films you should add this to your collection; it's good enough.
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