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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars born to kill
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting more than thrilling
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...
Published on 26 Jun 2007 by Antony


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars born to kill, 4 Jun 2013
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Victor Preston "gvb" (birmingham, west mids United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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
Hannibal Rising [Blu-ray]
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting more than thrilling, 26 Jun 2007
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Every story has a beginning...., 17 Dec 2012
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A good movie. It gives great insight into the beginnings of Hannibal Lecter. Great to watch on blu ray also. I recommend this movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal Rising, 5 Jan 2011
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Ms. JM Brice "Janni" (Bath, England) - See all my reviews
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fledgling Hannibal?, 7 Oct 2013
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robert stirling (tarn,s.w.france) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD for an average+ movie., 4 May 2012
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Morten Hillebert Bay (Struer, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Personally, I enjoyed watching the theatrical cut of Hannibal Rising.
This DVD, though it does justice to a mediocre movie, is not that great either.

The extended cut has some interesting (and then some) dialogue and exposition scenes not in the theatrical cut. There is nothing necessary here, though, so if you are looking to this DVD to give you a better (or maybe gorier, scarier) version of the movie, you will be disappointed.

The video presentation is excellent, and though the tone of the movie is very dark, this DVD presents a very beautiful picture.

The audio is very quiet (as in not much goes on), especially the rear speakers are missing their due. I'm missing the bombastic DTS 5.1 soundtracks available

The extra materials are just about adequate, and the audio commentary has some very interesting points at times, delivered by a very alive director and a more down-to-earth producer, even though they never really cover my main question: Why was this movie necessary, and instead treat it as an "of course it was necessary!"

As overall extras go, the two-disc edition available in Germany, Italy, France and Spain does way more to exhaust the production of this beautiful, albeit somewhat dull thriller. I can recommend that to anyone looking for a great extras package, and doesn't care about the language on the packaging.

Overall recommended.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An great addition to the Lecter saga, 9 July 2007
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Hannibal Lector is the World's most famous fictional cannibalistic killer and the main character in four of the best crime fiction novels ever written (from author Thomas Harris) and four of the scariest and most brilliant horror films of all time, Manhunter (played by Brian Cox), Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon (played by Anthony Hopkins). If you've ever wondered what had driven Hannibal to become a cannibal and a murderer, the answers are all revealed in 'Hannibal Rising' which takes you back to when Hannibal is a young boy.

The film starts in Lithuania in 1944 during the Second World War where the Lecter family are forced out of their home due to bombings and go to live in a house in the woods. The family are killed by soldiers, leaving 10 year old Hannibal to look after his younger sister, Mischa. Scavengers then take refuge in the cabin, chaining up Hannibal and Mischa and eating their food. When the food runs out and they are starving, there is only one thing left for the scavengers to do is to eat Mischa.

It then jumps eight years to when 18 year old Hannibal is living in an orphanage. He escapes and travels to Paris in search of the only family he has left - his aunt and uncle. Hannibal has help from his aunt, Lady Murasaki, to remember his past that has been blocked out from his mind and then goes to seek revenge on those who had murdered, and ate, his sister.

Although this is filmed in a style quite unlike the other Lecter films it still feels very much a part of the saga. Gaspard Ulliel plays the part of older Hannibal extremely well, pulling off the mysterious, clever and truly evil character good enough to believe he actually did grow into the character portayed by Hopkins in Hannibal's later life.

After many bad reviews I'd read of this film I was pleasantly surprised that it was a good quality movie with excellent acting, special effects and script, not just a cheap spin-off of the Lecter name. There is a fair bit of gore and some gruesome death scenes but they are all necessary to the story.

For a 2 hour film, there isn't one dull moment and the film flows nicely and quickly and also sticks very close to the novel's storylines, maybe due to the fact that the screenplay was written by Thomas Harris himself. If you're a fan of the other Lecter films this is definitely worth a watch but DO expect this to be different from the other films.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal Rising?, 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good, 29 May 2009
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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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