Red Dragon

Red Dragon

3.7 14
Director: Brett Ratner

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes

     
 

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Fans of Hannibal Lecter get more than fava beans and a nice Chianti with Red Dragon from Universal. In this prequel to the blockbuster The Silence of the Lambs, viewers get plenty of in-depth extras about Hollywood's favorite serial killer. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the picture is clear and crisp. Even during the shadowy scenes, theSee more details below

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Fans of Hannibal Lecter get more than fava beans and a nice Chianti with Red Dragon from Universal. In this prequel to the blockbuster The Silence of the Lambs, viewers get plenty of in-depth extras about Hollywood's favorite serial killer. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the picture is clear and crisp. Even during the shadowy scenes, the images come across sharp. The English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround lives up to the format's reputation, producing static-free dialog and sound effects. Universal created a satisfying selection of extras on this disc, mainly because there's so much attention focused on Dr. Lecter himself. To start, viewers can enter the world of cinema's creepy killer through "Hannibal Lecter's FBI Case File and Life History," a nifty little collection of easy-to-read documents. Star Anthony Hopkins gives viewers an in-depth taste of his relationship to his character in "Anthony Hopkins: Lecter and Me." He discusses how he first met Dr. Lecter: Hopkins' agent sent over the script of The Silence of the Lambs, and Hopkins thought it was a children's movie. "The Making of Red Dragon" is the obligatory behind-the-scenes featurette, but Universal created a less commercialized, meatier extra by focusing more on the cast members and characters instead of the typical sales-pitch trailer stuff. For viewers who admire musical genius Danny Elfman, a quasi-hidden musical-score commentary will be much appreciated. The selection of additional scenes, with optional commentary, is a well-organized extra that's worth a look. Here, Universal broke the choices up into three categories: deleted scenes, extended scenes, and alternate versions of scenes. One particularly creepy choice is the "Attic Scene with Dragon Voice." The disc also boasts of a decent audio commentary with Brett Ratner and Ted Tally. The oft-funny banter touches on the origins of the film, the workings of the production team, and the nitty-gritty of filmmaking. Yet perhaps one of the biggest perks of the disc is the featurette "Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer." This Court TV-like feature, hosted by renowned FBI profiler John Douglas, provides insight into the mind of killers like Lecter. Douglas parallels his own experiences with those of the character Will Graham, played by Edward Norton.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Back for thirds as cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter, the characterization that earned him his Oscar, Sir Anthony Hopkins is once again deliciously devilish. This blood-curdling The Silence of the Lambs prequel -- previously filmed as Manhunter -- begins with Lecter's apprehension by talented young FBI profiler Will Graham (Edward Norton), following a violent clash that leaves both men near death. Years later, Graham is called out of retirement to help search for the "Tooth Fairy," a brilliant serial killer who preys on young women. Stymied in his investigation, Will turns to the one man who can put him on the murderer’s trail -- the imprisoned Lecter, to whom the Tooth Fairy has written a fan letter. Red Dragon, based on the first in Thomas Harris’s bestselling series of violent thrillers, isn’t really a Hannibal Lecter story, but Hopkins effortlessly dominates the film, and his presence is felt throughout even though his actual screen time is limited. Ralph Fiennes, cast against type as the deranged Tooth Fairy, turns in a remarkably layered and intense performance. Emily Watson is equally good, and extremely sympathetic, as the blind woman who risks becoming one of his victims. But the movie’s essence is captured in the verbal duels between Lecter and Graham, sharply written by Ted Tally and directed with just the right emphasis by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). The DVD edition features a Ratner-Tally commentary, in addition to a comparative analysis of Lecter and a real-life serial killer by renowned profiler John Douglas, a Hannibal Lecter "biography," deleted scenes, and DVD-ROM content. A two-disc special edition adds Ratner’s "video diary" of the film’s production, behind-the-scenes footage, Ratner’s NYU student film, screen tests, and storyboard-to-film shot comparisons.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Red Dragon is certainly worthy of its relationship to Silence of the Lambs (unlike the superfluous Hannibal). Ted Tally's uncanny ability to translate Thomas Harris' work for the screen (he won the Oscar for his adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs, provides a solid story as well as juicy parts for each member of the highly talented ensemble. Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Anthony Hopkins are all given extreme characters to play, and they do a superb job of not overplaying the material. They make serial killers, a blind woman that loves a serial killer, and the cops that chase serial killers all believable. Philip Seymour Hoffman deserves special notice for stealing every scene he is in, as well as for providing welcome laughs in tense situations that still fail to dissipate that tension. The most noticeable difference between Red Dragon and the previous adaptation, Michael Mann's Manhunter, is that the character of Will Graham has been changed. In the book, as well as in Manhunter, Graham is on the edge of a total mental breakdown. His ability to think like Lecter, the skill that allowed for Lecter's capture, took a heavy psychic toll on him and his loved ones. In this film, Graham is cool and in control. This change makes the film a different entity from both the book and Manhunter. While Red Dragon is closer to the letter of the book, Manhunter is closer to the spirit. Both are worthwhile films.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
This movie, based on Harris' first novel, has studied Silence of the Lambs and knows that the action comes second to general creepiness.
New York Observer
Red Dragon is so good that it might be the final word on Hannibal Lecter. Rex Reed

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2003
UPC:
0025192198724
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
31,904

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Criminal Profile of Hannibal Lecter": Renowned profiler John Douglas' theories on how Hannibal Lecter and real serial killers are profiled; "The Life History of Hannibal Lecter": A timeline from childhood to present day; Hannibal Lecter's FBI case file; Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter; Commentary by director Brett Ratner and writer Ted Tally ; Deleted scenes; DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lecter
Edward Norton FBI Agent Will Graham
Ralph Fiennes Francis Dolarhyde, AKA The Tooth Fairy
Harvey Keitel Agent Jack Crawford
Emily Watson Reba McClane
Mary-Louise Parker Molly Graham
Philip Seymour Hoffman Freddy Lounds
Anthony Heald Dr. Chilton
Bill Duke Police Chief
Ken Leung Lloyd Bowman
Stanley Anderson Jimmy
Azura Skye Bookseller
Frankie R. Faison Barney
Tyler Patrick Jones Josh Graham
Aaron Michael Lacey TV Cameraman

Technical Credits
Brett Ratner Director
Andrew Z. Davis Executive Producer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Danny Elfman Score Composer
James M. Freitag Asst. Director
Tim Glavin Art Director
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Helfrich Editor
Francine Maisler Casting
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Saklad Art Director
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Ted Tally Screenwriter
James F. Truesdale Set Decoration/Design
Kristi Zea Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Profile of a Killer [8:45]
2. Main Titles [2:25]
3. Crawford's Request [4:54]
4. Profiler [10:36]
5. The Lecter Option [2:19]
6. Just Like Old Times [7:54]
7. Living Proof [2:09]
8. Behold a Red Dragon [11:37]
9. Reba McClane [7:16]
10. The Notes [6:51]
11. Lecter's Message [3:31]
12. Rattling the Cage [2:59]
13. I Am the Dragon! [13:07]
14. Reba's Man [8:09]
15. The Dragon Defied [4:28]
16. The Blake Painting [3:33]
17. The Common Factor [3:54]
18. He Wants You... [8:12]
19. Facing the Dragon [7:12]
20. End Titles [4:19]

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