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Red Dragon (Widescreen Collector's Edition)

by Robert on 11/14/2008

Excellent prequel to the Hannibal Lecter legacy. Good casting includes performances by Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton and others. If you liked Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, you must add this to your collection. The movie takes you back, before Silence of the Lambs, to the FBI agent who originally captured Hannibal. The agent is talked into coming out of retirement to consult with Hannibal in an effort to solve a case involving the serial killer known as the Red Dragon. Red Dragon is actually an excellent remake of the very first (overlooked) Hannibal Lector movie called Manhunter, which starred Brian Cox as Hannibal. Red Dragon is very nearly the same story as Manhunter with some variation and an excellent extended ending, including a nice little twist. Hannibal Lector filmography: Manhunter, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon. Also, check out the 2007 film, Hannibal Rising. Hannibal Rising tells the story of Hannibal Lector from childhood to manhood and how he became the serial killer we have all come to know (and love?)

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A must watch movie!

on 5/17/2012

Red Dragon is incredibly awesome movie with nice plot. In addition, great cast. What a performances by Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Watson, and all. The cinematography is really nice. I liked the story, twists. I would definitely recommend this move to all.

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Fbi agent will graham has been called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer, known by authorities as the tooth fairy. He asks for the help of his arch-nemesis, Dr. Hannibal the cannibal lecter.The only problem is that the tooth fairy is getting inside information from lector


Studio Universal
SKU 40217646
UPC 025192198724
UPC 14 00025192198724
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Murder Investigations
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, RED DRAGON stars Edward Norton as Will Graham, the intuitive FBI agent who captured the notorious Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). When another killer, dubbed "the Tooth Fairy," begins a series of bizarre, seemingly random killings, the now-retired Graham reluctantly agrees to aid in the investigation. In order to get further into the mind set of the murderer, Graham consults the imprisoned Lecter, who offers cryptic commentary that the determined agent must decipher. However, the Tooth Fairy himself, Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), is also in contact with the infamous epicurean, and the case soon develops into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, with Lecter deviously playing both sides.^Rather than attempting to remake MANHUNTER--Michael Mann's 1986 adaptation of RED DRAGON starring William L. Petersen as Graham and Brian Cox as Lecter--or recreate the monster-movie atmosphere of HANNIBAL, director Brett Ratner wisely chooses to focus on the character-driven specifics of the first Hannibal Lecter novel. As in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, the unblinking Hopkins makes the most out of his screen time as the eloquent yet terrifying former forensic psychologist. Norton is excellently understated as the talented investigator, while Fiennes explores the full range of his conflicted character, from a sensitive man-child to a methodical psychopath. These key performances are enhanced by strong supporting turns by Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, and Mary-Louise Parker. Ratner's capable direction extends to his choice of crew, which includes SILENCE OF THE LAMBS screenwriter Ted Tally and production designer Kristen Zea, as well as MANHUNTER cinematographer Dante Spinotti. This collection of talent combines to create an engaging and eerie thriller that brings the Hopkins-as-Lecter trilogy full circle.
USA Today "...RED DRAGON lets Anthony Hopkins have more fun for fun's sake than he has ever had playing history's most urbane cannibal..." 10/04/2002 p.13D
Variety "...Hannibal Lecter scores again in RED DRAGON....Inescapably creepy....An intense, unnerving experience..." 09/30/2002 p.24-71
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Ratner] does a sure, stylish job, appreciating the droll humor of Lecter's predicament, creating a depraved new villain in the Tooth Fairy, and using the quiet intense skills of Norton..." 10/04/2002 p.35
Total Film "...A deeply atmospheric chiller that maintains a constant hum of droning menace....You'll be gnawing away at your cuticles..." 11/01/2002 p.100-1
Box Office "...An exceptional thriller....Solid, well-crafted..." 12/01/2002 p.62
Brett Ratner
Ralph Fiennes
Anthony Hopkins
Edward Norton
Cast & Crew
Anthony Heald - Actor
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Edward Norton - Actor
Emily Watson - Actor
Harvey Keitel - Actor
Mary-Louise Parker - Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Actor
Ralph Fiennes - Actor
Thomas Harris - Based On Novel By
Thomas Harris - Based On The Book By
Francine Maisler - Casting By
Dante Spinotti - Cinematographer
Betsy Heimann - Costume Designer
Brett Ratner - Directed By
Brett Ratner - Director
Dante Spinotti - Director of Photography
Mark Helfrich - Edited By
Mark Helfrich - Editor
Andrew Z. Davis - Executive Producer
Danny Elfman - Music By
Danny Elfman - Original Music
Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis - Produced By
Dino De Laurentiis - Producer
Martha Schumacher - Producer
Kristi Zea - Production Designer
Ted Tally - Screenplay
Ted Tally - Screenplay By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 21987
UPC 00025192198724
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Red Dragon has a suitably dark, dread-inducing look, with photography by Dante Spinotti (L.A. Confidential) and sets by Silence of the Lambs production designer Kristi Zea. The actors have a good workout and Hopkins earns his enormous paycheck, but at day's end it all feels like a revved-up, market-driven rehash of a once-thrilling film.
Reviewer Edward Guthmann
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review A movie like Red Dragon is all atmosphere and apprehension. Ratner doesn't give us as much violence or as many sensational shocks as Scott did in Hannibal, but that's a plus: Lecter is a character who commands contemplation and unease, and too much action just releases the tension. To be sure, Scott was working with a Thomas Harris novel that itself went so high over the top (remember the quadriplegic murdered with an electric eel?) that much of it could not be filmed. But this movie, based on Harris' first novel, has studied Silence of the Lambs and knows that the action comes second to general creepiness. There are stabbings, shootings, fires, explosions, tortures, mutilations, and a flaming corpse in a wheelchair, but within reason.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Hopkins' Lecter once again makes an unabashedly amoral and shockingly amusing impact as modern cinema's most sardonically erudite bogeyman. Unfortunately, Edward Norton doesn't make a very worthy adversary as the new and not-so-improved Will Graham. While Norton gives a perfectly adequate and occasionally compelling performance, he provides nothing like the profoundly spooked-out gravitas that made William Petersen so riveting in Manhunter.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Hopkins,Anthony
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jack Matthews, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Red Dragon Returns the Series to The Silence of the Lambs Form...
Richard Corliss, TIME Brilliant. Darkly Seductive...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Brett Ratner's Red Dragon delivers the goods in scary fun.
CNN Anthony Hopkins Proves Once Again That Hannibal Lecter Is The Most Frightening Villian In Cinematic History.
USA TODAY Ralph Fiennes And Emily Watson Give Film-Stealing Performances.
Brian Webster, Apollo Guide Lovers of the original The Silence of the Lambs will be ecstatic to see that cinematic lightning can strike twice.
Access Hollywood The Most Chilling, Heart-Pounding Thriller You Will See This Year!
Good Morning America A Terrific Film... Astounding... Astonishing. You've Got To See This Movie.
Ron Stringer, L.A. Weekly A bowel-curdling, heart-stopping recipe for terror.
The Washington Journal Mesmerizing... An A-Plus Cast!
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV A Suspenseful Masterpiece!

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