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Awesome, really good and I can't type the word to explane the last film.
on 22 November 2012
I also have Hannibal Rising in my collection, which is a brilliant film. After watching that, a couple of days later I sat down to work my way through these 3.
The Red dragon is brilliant. It totally keeps in line with The Silence Of The Lambs. I had heard reports that the transfer to Bluray of this film was not very good.. I even did quality checks on it in my last job. It did seem a bit poor at the time of testing but I now know our test set ups at that job where no way near as good as the one I have at home and having watched it again on my set up there is nothing wrong with the transfer.
The Silence Of The Lambs. Not the one to start it all as that was Man Hunter with Brian Cox as Lecter. But Silence… did start off this selection of films. I felt it hadn't dated very well and this could be because I had just watched Red Dragon. it seemed MGM didn't go overboard on cleaning up the picture and remixing the audio for an HD transfer. It is still the class film it was when it was new but just been surpassed.
Last of all, Hannibal. I was really hoping this would round off the trilogy nicely (Quadrillogy if you include Hannibal Rising) but to me it just went way over the top. I kind of accepted the fact Jodie Foster was not playing Agent Starling and felt Julien Moore did an ok job. I guess the Ray Liotta character was to be like the warden at the Asylum in Silence and Red Dragon as of course Hannibal had had the warden for dinner at the end of Silence. I just found his character too out of place. The whole end sequence is what ruined it for me. The James Bond style death for Gary Oldman’s character Mason Verger was silly, then the lovely dinner party Lecter put on for Agent Starling with the main course being brain food, that of Paul Krendler (Liotta) and to top it off Hannibal feeding the kid on the plane more brain food. Was just rubbish. I wasn’t grossed out I just thought it pathetic.
So for the box set. It’s a shame they can’t include Hannibal Rising but I quite like the outer sleeve with the facemask on it. I just wish the movies were in a gatefold style
holder rather than the standard Bluray cases. Over all not a bad buy.