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Red Dragon [HD DVD]

Anthony Hopkins , Edward Norton , Bill Duke    Suitable for 15 years and over   HD DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson
  • Directors: Bill Duke
  • Producers: Danny Elfman, Dino de Laurentiis
  • Format: HD DVD
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O75I74
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anthony Hopkins returns as Hannibal Lecter in Red Dragon, a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and a remake of 1986's Manhunter, Michael Mann's fine film of Thomas Harris's terrific book, in which Brian Cox carved the ham thinner as a more menacing, less hokey cannibal.

This film beefs up Lecter's role, opening with a prologue that finds him annoyed by a sour note in his favourite symphony orchestra and then serving the offending flautist at a dinner party before FBI profiler Will Graham (Edward Norton) drops by to apprehend him. Then, we pick up with Lecter in his asylum cell and Graham retired with trauma, only to be brought back together by the crimes of a new madman, the Tooth Fairy. Graham consults Lecter on the case, which means some pointed and familiar conversations, and the film shifts focus from the investigation to the life and troubles of the mad and murderous but also abused and sympathetic Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes, with a major tattoo and a harelip).

Director Brett Ratner is more like a job-of-work man than the geniuses who have made the earlier movies, and he doesn't quite restrain Hopkins enough. It's also hard not to compare the current cast with Mann's excellent players. Still, Red Dragon is a solid film of great material, with all the sudden shocks and disturbing whispers in places. Also with Harvey Keitel as the FBI boss, Emily Watson as Dolarhyde's blind love interest, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a tabloid sleaze and Mary-Louise Parker in the thankless role of imperilled wife. --Kim Newman

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Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) returns in his third film outing (based on the first Thomas Harris novel which introduced the character). FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) has retired with his family to Florida after a near-death experience when he tracked down and captured Lecter. However, when a new serial killer, 'the tooth fairy' who kills whole families, is discovered, Graham finds himself back on the force and asking for Lecter's help. But the tooth fairy has been writing to Lecter and Lecter cannot resist playing each side off each other, to such an extent that Graham's family are to be the next victims.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
The key thing about watching "Red Dragon" is to realize that this is not a Hannibal Lecter story. The character was a compelling but relatively minor figure in both the Thomas Harris novel and "Manhunter," the original cinematic adaptation by Michael Mann. Obviously screenwriter Ted Tally and director Brett Ratner have enhanced the role for this 2002 film, but Anthony Hopkins's part is not a central part of the story. Once you understand that you will discover that "Red Dragon" exceeds your expectations. But if you cannot get around this idea then you are probably going to be bitterly disappointed with this film.
Clearly a major strength of this film is the stellar caste, which in addition to Hopkins has Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anthony Heald, and Mary Beth Hurt (add to the list Ellen Burstyn as the voice of Grandma Dolarhyde). But what makes this film work is its intelligence, for which Harris and Tally get the credit. Will Graham is an intelligent man, an F.B.I. profiler who constantly shows throughout this story that he has a gift for saying the right thing, whether he is talking to Lecter, a room full of police officers, the head of a company, or the Red Dragon himself. Yes, he has been scarred psychologically as well as physically by his capture of Lecter, but it is not an incapacitating condition as was the case with Clarice Starling. In "Silence of the Lambs" the climax of the film involved a cinematic commonplace that has always enraged me, when a law enforcement officer has a gun drawn and aimed at a suspect who then manages to get away. I thought the climax of "The Red Dragon" involved an exhilarating series of intelligent, brilliant moves by the good guys.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Red Dragon fails to thrill 6 May 2003
Format:DVD
Remakes of films are inevitably compared with the earlier versions, especially if the films in question are based on a popular book. Red Dragon, based on Thomas Harris’s book of that name, is not strictly speaking a remake of Manhunter, the earlier incarnation of Harris’s story; it should rather be regarded as a different version. Even so, the comparisons have been and will continue to be made. How does Red Dragon stand up to these comparisons?
My view is inevitably a personal one, especially as Manhunter made such a vivid impression on me, both before and after I had read the book (which by the way I prefer to Silence of the Lambs and the abysmal Hannibal). However, while watching Red Dragon I tried hard to be as objective as possible, and to avoid setting the film against its earlier incarnation. The result was a rather mixed view of the film.
I tried hard to like Edward Norton as Will Graham, but he lacks the steely-eyed determination and restrained intensity of William Petersen in the same part. Similarly, Ralph Fiennes did a good job with the monstrous Francis Dolarhyde, but I longed desperately for the formidable, truly terrifying presence of Tom Noonan in the same role.
It was with the celebrated character of Hannibal Lecter, though, that I felt things got a bit out of hand. The film’s makers seemed to be milking the character for all it was worth, and included some unnecessary scenes, such as Lecter lunging at Will Graham while attached to a kind of human exercise apparatus, and having a waiter serving him a meal jump with fright when Lecter suddenly appears on the other side of the cell barrier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid,but not outstanding. 5 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
I always think that sequels and prequels have been made to feed our appetite for the style or charactors of the original (apart from the obvious reason of making more money).

So here we have more of Hannibal Lecter with Anthony Hopkins cast in the role originally played by Brian Cox in Manhunter [DVD] [1986] [1989].

This is a remake of that film with more detail and much more emphasis on the Lecter charactor.There is also more insight into the reasons why the obligatory serial killer,nicknamed the 'Tooth Fairy', behaves the way he does (child abuse in his case).

A good addition to the Hannibal series with top quality performances all round.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't compete with Manhunter 30 Jan 2013
By Mr Baz TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It's got everything you want in a movie the "real" Hannibal Lector" (Hopkins) some notable and respected actors such as Ralph Fiennes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson, and Harvey Keitel.

For me it just didn't work out from the word go.
Edward Norton (clearly miscast here) falls a long way short of William Petersen's performance who genuinely does come across as a man who's wrestling with his mind, Norton just seems to be bashing along with the script and can't convey the mental anguish that Petersen did so well.

If we bypass the Hannibal Lecter element (ie Hopkins in the role he defined as his own) Has to be said in my view Brian Cox was an excellent Dr. Lecter in his own right (a bit more menacing and outwardly manipulative) That aside the Lecter part is not a huge one in this film (not compared to silence of the lambs this is a minor role in this story) Next to the "tooth fairy" Again I respect Ralph Fiennes for his attempt at the role but he's really not half as scary or downright freaky as Tom Noonan was.

Even the reporter "Freddie Lounds" Played by Hoffman v Stephen Lang in Manhunter. There is an important scene where the tooth fairly is torturing "Freddie" (the well known teeth one) Hoffman doesn't really seem that scared, his performance pales badly to Land who is genuinely terrified in his voice and actions in the original.

I could go through the entire cast list and sadly say Red Dragon V Manhunter performances just don't stack up very well for Red Dragon. Norton just seems to be there for the pay cheque without ever really getting into Graham's role in a way he should, his acting looks cheesy and pale against Petersen and this is the lead role for the movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars QUITE BAD, SEE MY REVIEW FOR "Hannibal"
IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE just read my review for "Hannibal" the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" and the third and final film in the Hannibal film series. Read more
Published 6 days ago by John Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, not Silence of the Lambs though
A reasonable watch with some tense moments but it doesn't deliver on the same level as Silence. Hopkins is great once again but if you want your Ralph Fiennes fix go watch The... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. Joseph W. Dawson
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliched rubbish
I was very disappointed, I saw part of this and thought it would be great but it really wasn't. I think it's meant to be a sequel to Silence of the Lambs, I found it rather... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mavis
2.0 out of 5 stars very poor storyline
very much a 3rd rate revamp of the remarkable Hannibal Lector - Antony Hopkins only appears very briefly in the film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brass Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dragon
Great quality, arrive earlier than expected. Always good to watch a thriller on Blue Ray.
Good to see the prequel of this series.
Published 8 months ago by B. Stratford
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilirating
film arrived on time and in perfect condition, a great prequel to the Hannibal Lecter Franchise, keeps you thinking and packed full of suspense
Published 9 months ago by Bryan D Piedrahita
5.0 out of 5 stars a good watch
this was a good film and kept me all the way to the end,very glad i got it and at a cheap price
Published 11 months ago by wendy :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars Red dragon
Red dragon did take me for a ride in Hannibal Lector's mind it is a great start to these films about Hannibal and his work.
Published 11 months ago by Freya Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Having just finished the book...
I did like this film when it was originally released, but having just read the book I was struck by how close the film actually came to the original story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by PishPash
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dragon
An amazing storyline and some great acting from Ralph Fiennes and Anthony Hopkins. Recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and a good thriller!
Published 13 months ago by Matty08
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