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on April 4, 2005
I had the dubious pleasure of getting hold of the DVD edition of this film within days of purchasing 'Manhunter', in the same format. The quality of this interpretation of Harris' novel aside, I found it extraordinary that (with the exception of a passing allusion in the director's commentary) nowhere on this 2 Disc Edition of 'Red Dragon' is the masterpiece 'Manhunter' mentioned. Why? Anyone who thinks as highly of Michael Mann's brilliant film as I do must find that a little odd, to say the least. Where scenes in 'Red Dragon' mirror similar readings in 'Manhunter' no mention is made of - or comparisons made with - the memorable performances that Brian Cox, William Peterson, Joan Allen and especially the remarkable Tom Noonan brought to 'Manhunter'. True, Brett Ratner's direction, Ed Norton and, above all, Emily Watson ensure that 'Red Dragon' is a cut above the usual pap that passes for 'psychological thrillers', but Ralph Fiennes brings precisely nothing to this understanding of the 'Tooth Fairy'. And even the wonderful Philip Seymour Hoffman adds little.
In short, it's truly a mystery to me that the respective DVDs of 'Manhunter' and 'Red Dragon' don't appear to acknowledge the existence of the other. In the case of 'Manhunter', however, why should it? After all, it's a masterpiece, whereas 'Red Dragon is a second-rate bore.
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