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on 15 May 2017
Good boxset
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on 8 July 2017
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on 16 December 2014
Bought it as soon as it was released as I couldn't wait to see the second season. Did not disappoint! Even better than the first! Can't wait for season 3!
Brilliant delivery time too- arrived earlier than expected!! (much to my excitement)
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on 21 March 2017
tis be gud.
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on 2 July 2015
Absolutely love this show!!!!
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More disturbing delving into highly troubled minds, imprisoned Will carrying the blame for Hannibal's murderous deeds. Although with so much in common, both realize there can be no peace until the other is dead.

13 episodes, both Will and Hannibal on call as FBI's Jack Crawford investigates further bizarre killings - they adept at understanding the motives of obsessed perpetrators.

All very cinematic. Some may feel style occasionally tips over into pretentiousness, it hard to fathom what is going on - especially when Will is hallucinating, horned creatures much in evidence. Hopefully fellow viewers were not as puzzled as I by the reappearance of characters thought to be dead, nor as frustrated when music competes with softly spoken exchanges. Opinions may differ about the opening few minutes of this second season - a glorious appetizer for horrors to come or a whopping spoiler, reducing the impact of the finale?

Generous bonuses include commentaries, an eighty minute feature linked with Episode 5, jokey Post Mortem interviews, items on costumes, lighting, etc., a gag reel.

Although much works well, some may detect certain self-indulgent excesses. Others will welcome pitch-black comedy served with such aplomb.
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on 27 March 2015
Watched it on TV, someone else missed it so they bought the dvd..good if you like it, not if you don't. I did like it..Maybe too gory for some people.
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on 20 January 2015
Chillingly good look into the mind of serial killers and cops who profile them. Love it.
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on 11 February 2015
Pretty good but so far, not as fast paced as series 1
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Will Graham has figured out who the Chesapeake Ripper is, the murderer who manipulates everyone around him like fleshy marionettes.

But having been effectively framed for the murders, he begins a descent into darkness in the elegantly horrific second season of "Hannibal," which slowly shifts from a single calculating killer manipulating people to an elaborate game of deception and hate. Even more impressive, Bryan Fuller successfully manipulates the viewer, leaving everyone guessing about who is doing what, who is lying, and who has embraced the darkness.

As the story begins, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) appears in the home of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelson), and physically attacks him. A few months earlier, in a facility for the criminally insane, Will (Hugh Dancy) keeps maintaining that he is innocent, and that the real killer is Hannibal. But the FBI is determined to destroy him in order to distance themselves from these crimes, and the few people who believe him are forced to question whether he's insane or not.

While Crawford struggles with his past choices, he also has to deal with a new string of bizarre, grotesque serial killings with the help of Hannibal -- including the judge and bailiff in Will's case. When a member of his team is brutally murdered, he realizes that the Chesapeake Ripper is still at large. Even more shocking, someone thought dead is still alive.

But even when Will's innocence is established, all the evidence still points away from Hannibal and towards Dr. Frederick Chilton (Raúl Esparza). Still knowing Hannibal to be a cannibalistic killer, Will decides to continue his therapy with the doctor... but seems to be slowly descending into a serial-killer existence of his own. Has he given in to his own inner darkness, or is something more at work?

Producer Bryan Fuller has a talent for two things: whimsy and the macabre. Both can still be found in abundance in "Hannibal Season 2" -- there are lots of grotesque killings in very, very creative ways (bees, flowers, inside a horse's uterus), mixed in with Will's symbolic, hallucinatory visions, which give a supernatural bent to the story. The night-black deer-man is as eerie as ever, but Will's own burgeoning inner darkness is expressed through growing vast, branching antlers from his back.

This season is a more intricate affair than the first -- where that season was a puppet show, this one is an elaborate waltz between two equally intelligent individuals. Furthermore, the rest of the cast slides around in what they think of Will and Hannibal, forming shifting alliances and ever-changing opinions. And despite all the corpses, bloody organs and some truly horrendous cannibalism, it's handled with an elegant, ebony-shadowed delicacy that keeps it from being torture-porny.

And while the first half is harrowing, with Will all but convicted of murder (especially since the FBI want him gone), the second half is like a Dante's "Inferno" of the soul. Will immerses himself in the pitch-black pool of Hannibal's secret world, and it seems like he won't make it out without becoming the very thing he hunts.

Dancy and Mikkelson are excellent here. Dancy's wispy frame and intense eyes give Will an almost otherworldly presence, even if you don't pay attention to his weird antler visions. And Mikkelson comes across as, in the words of Hammett, "rather pleasantly like a blonde Satan" -- he's all charm and elegance, sensuality and icy haughtiness. Only occasionally do we see him thrown off-balance, and only for brief moments.

Fishburne balances both of them out as a warm, essentially normal presence, but with his own undercurrent of tragedy as he struggles with his wife's mortality and his feelings of guilt. Caroline Dhavernas is a more peripheral presence, willingly placing herself in Hannibal's web of deception. And there are some solid supporting performances by Gillian Anderson, Esparza, Katharine Isabelle and Lara Jean Chorostecki.

"Hannibal Season 2" is a more elaborate, darker affair than the first season -- and it leaves you acutely aware that nothing will ever be the same again. All shadows, blood and fear.
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