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Universal Red Dragon - HD DVD
Anthony Hopkins reprises his Oscar-winning* role as the infamous Dr. HannibalLecter in this thrilling prequel. After capturingDr. Lecter, FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton)retires only to be called back to active duty to hunt down an elusive killer, The Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes).

A lot could've gone wrong in Red Dragon, but the movie exceeds expectations. Replacing the acclaimed Manhunter as an "official" entry in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, this topnotch thriller--the second adaptation of Thomas Harris's first Lecter novel--returns to the fertile soil of The Silence of the Lambs, serving as both prequel and heir to the legacy of Lecter as portrayed, with mischievous menace, by the great Anthony Hopkins. Familiar faces and locations reappear (along with Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally) as Lecter coaches FBI profiler Will Graham (Edward Norton) in tracking the horrific "Tooth Fairy" killer (Ralph Fiennes), whose transformative killing spree is inspired by a William Blake painting. By dutifully serving Harris's potent material, Tally and director Brett Ratner craft a suspenseful film worthy of its predecessors, bringing Hopkins full circle as one of the cinema's all-time greatest villains. With overtones of Psycho and a superb supporting cast, Red Dragon succeeds against considerable odds. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • "An Excellent Film In The Silence of the Lambs Franchise"
    If you are a fan of "The Silence of the Lambs" this movie is a must-see. In "Red Dragon" we see how Hannibal Lecter was actually caught at the beginning of the original film and why he is in prison. This film is a prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" as we get the back story on the cinema's most vicious villin. Anthony Hopkins, as usual, is fantastic as Lecter, but it is Ralph Fiennes who steals this film. Like the original film "The Red Dragon" has two stories running concurrently: not only are we treated to a great story on Lecter, but another serial killer mastermind is murdering people called The Tooth Fairy, played by Fiennes. It is up to a smart FBI agent, played by Edward Norton, to catch this maniac. Ralph Fiennes gives the greatest performance of his career in this movie, as we see the tortured life he leads, as he was abused by his horrific grandmother who is not seen on film; only her voice is heard in flashbacks. The voice is none other than Ellen Burstyn. Just hearing the grandmother's voice yelling at her grandson gives the audience the background on what eventually made this murderer; there is always a reason behind the behavior. Emily Watson has a supporting role, playing a blind woman who befriends the Fiennes evil character. Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a journalist who gets caught and tortured by the Tooth Fairy. I won't tell you what happens to his character!
    The DVD is in widescreen format, the trailer is included, there is commentary by director Brett Ratner and writer Ted Tally who wrote the original film, there is a great profile on Hannibal Lecter, deleted scenes, and much more. An excellent film that was a huge hit at the boxoffice. Time magazine calls the movie "brilliantly darkly seductive!"....more info
  • Red Dragon Review
    This movie is the prequel to "Silence of the Lambs." It is just as scary as "Silence." But the characters are different. I was as thrilled by this movie as I was by "Silence of the Lambs." Same type of suspense. Great movie....more info
  • Very awesome movie
    Its better than manhunt the original of this movie I think it picks up parts that were left out in the original even thou its diffrent actors it is the same stoyline but i like the way this one plays out it has more action in it....more info
  • As thrilling as "The Silence Of The Lambs"
    I just bought this movie, and I must say that this was a great prequel to "The Silence Of The Lambs". People say that it was better than "Hannibal", I've never seen "Hannibal", but people said that it was too grusome. But this movie was just as suspenseful as "The Silence Of The Lambs", and Anthony Hopkins still plays his oscar winning role to a T. ...more info
  • Sterling on its own but...

    I must preface my review of this movie. It's much better if you haven't recently watched The Silence and Hannibal. Onto the actual movie itself.
    Anthony Hopkins is again excellent in the character that he is now world renowned as. Edward Norton does a nice job as the brooding FBI agent who reluctantly has to deal with Dr. Lector and Ralph Fiennes steals the show as the stricken serial killer, who we in time gain a modicum of sympathy for. However, the movie fails to match the first installment of the series for a pair of reasons.

    1) The ending was extremely rushed and lacked any real suspense. It was as if two high school kids had read the first 3/4ths of the screenplay, then cooked up an ending before rushing off to a pizza date. 2) There was a lack of background concerning the films main characters, both Will Graham (Norton) and Francis Dolarhyde(Fiennes). The movie glosses over both their respective pasts with little more than one brief scene each.

    So what was really good about the movie? The acting performances were superb and the movie seemed to have good flow, for the most part. In ranking the quality of the three films, Silence is number 1, this is 2 and Hannibal is 3....more info
  • Meet Dr. Lecter for the 2nd time!!!
    In case you don't get my review title, I'm counting Hannibal Rising as the very first movie. Red Dragon is a really good prequel to The Silence of the Lambs. It shows how Hannibal got in that room and how he helps Will Graham find The Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy is a psychopath who is obsessed a painting called Red Dragon, and had an abusive grandmother. The Doctor is in, and I highly recommend RED DRAGON!!! ...more info
  • Finish your food. You've outstayed your welcome.
    Okay, lets get this straight. This movie is not only based upon a novel, its also a remake of another movie. Hey, lets not forget its a sequel as well. Hold on a minute, its also a prequel. Wow, what other movie could boast such an interesting history? The only problem this movie has is that it stinks like the dead bobies stuffed in Buffalo Bills' backyard.

    Maybe that was a little unfair. This film does deliver gothic and eery thrills from the beginning, a stellar A-list cast that at least does its best with the tired material on offer. Its just that it has an air of 'been there, done that' about it, which ultimately undoes any obvious effort that has been made by the filmmakers to try and create something mildly entertaining.

    The story concerns a world weary FBI serial killer expert Will Graham (a miscast Edward Norton), who has taken early retirement after successfully tracking down cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter. He is coaxed back onto the job by the appearance of new nutjob on the block, cheekily nicknamed 'The Tooth Fairy'. The film flicks back and forth between part crime/police thriller to gothic horror, and sits uneasily as a straight genre picture. The problems with this film are legion, as compared with Michael Manns' original movie 'Manhunter' which was always stylish, scary and demanding. Maybe I am too much of a fan of that movie to appreciate this incarnation, but this one is pretty boring to watch, whereas Manns' film is a juggernaut of fast cutting, cool cinematography and excellent acting from the cast. Compare Edward Nortons' wimpish and dull portayal of Graham to William Petersons' angst ridden and determined expert, who could easily slide into the dark side of his persona at any minute. At around an hour into the 'Red Dragon', I just wanted Norton to stop the investigation, pack up his bags, head back to his wife and maybe get his foppish hair cut. Not exactly the kind of guy I needed to be rooting for. And as for Ralph Fiennes as Dollarhyde? Okay, he was pretty good - actually the best thing about this movie. His 'relationship' with Reba McClane (an always good Emily Watson) is sincere and creepy, but after the powerhouse performance of Tom Noonan as Dollarhyde in the original and his freaky interaction with Joan Allen as Reba, this comes off as good effort, but not good enough. Oh, did I mention the poster boy himself? Yeah, Hannibal Lecter is given a more substantial role this time, but as usual Anthony Hopkins (one of the best brit actors around) hams up this role within an inch of its life. Where choice lines like 'I have oodles of time' would have had audiences crawling the walls in 'The Silence of the Lambs', this time they only irritate and annoy. It seems that producer Dino De Laurentiis is trying to create a $100 million dollar Freddy Krueger for todays' teen-obsessed market audience.

    Ted Tallys' screenplay is predestrian at best, failing to inject any new or interesting lifts into the script and one wishes he would have finished his association with Lector at 'Silence'. As I said before, 'Rush Hour' helmer Brett Ratners' direction is solid, if uninspired, and one wishes he could have bought that energy he has displayed on his previous efforts with him (mind you, saying that - after his travesty 'XMEN 3' - he may as well give up altogether). The production design is suitably over the top, with creepy gothic houses and the cinematography is laced with 'Seven'- lite flourishes and nods to the original 'Silence of the Lambs'.

    So then, a dull big budget mechanical exercise made with the only intention to make a lot of money for studio execs. Steer clear, and get 'Manhunter' special edition to see how this book should be filmed....more info
  • Fine Remake
    This is a remake of Manhunter which I love the cast of, though not necessarily the adaptation of the book. Manhunter, originally made for TV, was better....more info
  • Ice Castles II
    My first problem is with the DVD cover. I have no clue why they have Sir Anthony Hopkins on there except if it's to make people think that this is a Hannibal Lector movie, you know, a gross-out cannibal movie. It's not that at all. But if you buy this or rent this thinking you're going to get a Silence of the Lambs Part 3, you're gonna be pissed off.

    This is a magical love story between a blind girl and a guy with bad teeth. It's like that ice skating movie from the 70's, Ice Castles, but there's no skating and no nice love songs or anything.
    The guy, Mr. D., was horribly abused as a child by his grandmother because he pee's the bed. Thus he has a really hard time opening his heart to a girl without killing her and her family first and placing bits of mirror in their eyes. But when he meets a blind girl, who can't see his teeth, he falls in love. He introduces her to lots of new experiences that don't involve the mutilation of her family members and their relationship unfolds in a very delightful way.
    Ralph Fiennes is Super Hot as usual in this film, even with the teeth thing going on. He appears nude several times and has a wicked tattoo all over his back which he says took 8 hours to apply. Yummy!

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  • Very close to the book's story (yet ANOTHER review about the "Lecter" series)
    This installment is an updated version of the "Manhunter" story, very close to the way it's told in the novel, but given a little Hollywood-style beefup for movie audiences. Some people have complained about Ed Norton being cast as Will Graham, and while there is a side of me that agrees; he doesn't come off as the homicide detective he supposed to be, at least not right out of the gate, he does grow on one as the detective he is supposed to be. He is a good enough actor, just not the type who comes off as what he is cast as. Maybe this is intentional(?).

    "Red Dragon" is populated with bigger cast names than its counterpart, and where this makes it more marketable, the star-appeal diminishes impact of the script, which, by the way, still, is actually a very good one. The viewer sees how Graham caught Lecter (although it clashes with everyone's favorite, "Manhunter;" the stories don't match), and this brush pushed him too close to the edge. Jack Crawford convinces him to take part in a current investigation, only as a fringe participant, but we all know, it goes way further than that.

    Ralph Fiennes (I never knew until recently his name was pronounced "Rayf") portrays Francis Dolerhyde as a sympathetic character, one tortured by his inner demons, conflicted, as he is ultimately compelled to hurt someone he actually cares about. This version of the story tells a little more about his past, and why the references to teeth are such a vital part of the story. He was one very sick individual, one who could not function in any society as he was for very long.

    Emily Watson is so convincing as blind ladyfriend Reba; some folks who went to the movie actually believed she was really blind. She is a very kind, trusting lady, one who killer Dolerhyde went the distance to not harm, despite his raging compulsion to do so. This story covers the back story between them, how their relationship develops, and how his inner conflicts push him to the brink.

    Of course, I can only speak for myself, but having read the books "Red Dragon," "The Silence Of The Lambs," and "Hannibal," I am speaking from my own viewpoint; these are three very good movies which convey the crux of the stories in cinematic form, with a solid faithfulness to their origins. The only changes are instances where the film makers didn't think events and/or characters would hold up on screen. The ending of this one, and the ending of "Hannibal" have been substantially altered, but it was all done for the sake of the end justifying the means.

    So, in closing, I have exhausted the Thomas Harris/ Hannibal Lecter saga, I went the distance to give my opinions of a true "Love it or Hate it" series.

    I think the whole thing is excellent. Ta-ta,
    "H"...more info
  • Good Re-Make Of Early 'Lecter Film'
    This is a very good "remake" of Manhunter" which was the first Hannibal Lecter movie but didn't get the press the others did because it didn't have Anthony Hopkins as the famous criminal.

    After "Silence of the Lambs" became so popular, and the sequel, "Hannibal," it was decided to re-do that first film and this time obtain Hopkins' services.It worked because not only do you have the incomparable Hopkins at Dr. Lecter but you have one this generations best actors, Edward Norton, as the leading character "Will Graham."

    Norton, as always, gives a solid performance. And - look at the backup cast: Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Harvey Keitel, Mary Louise Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not bad.

    This is one of those movies that gets better and better with each viewing. On my first look, I was disappointed Hopkins didn't have a bigger role but, after I knew what to expect, subsequent viewings made me appreciate the film's effort as a whole, and it's an underrated flick and a fine addition to the "Lecter" series.
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  • Very powerful
    "Red Dragon" is a very interesting piece of modern cinema. It is scary, filled with action and suspence and has a very subtle underlying sense of humour. The cast performs very well, Anthony Hopkins reprising his probably most well known role as evil incarnate, Hannibal Lecter, and Edward Norton giving a performance nothing short of sheer brilliance. Norton was not really my bag prior to seeing this movie, but he performs so well that it immediately changed my mind. We can quite easily identify with his troubles, his tormented self and can almost hear the gears churning when he investigates a murder scene. Ralph Fiennes also delivers a great performance as the twisted murderer the "tooth fairy". There is a subtle feeling of madness underscoring the rage in him. Very good indeed. Very notable also is Philip Seymour Hoffman as the hack writer Freddy Lounds. In the short screen time that he has he still manages to leave us all with a very deep impression. In fact, the movie is, in a word, well cast and well performed.

    The direction, editing and scoring of the film is equally up to par and really captures the mood perfectly.

    The ending, as another reviewer remarked, is, although similar to the one in the book, not as powerful. This is probably because of the crowdpleasing factor. It is after all a hollywood movie. Then again, one shouldn't measure it against the book, but see it as an independent picture.

    In short: this is definitely a film to watch. Highest possible recommendation....more info
  • Red Dragon
    Excellent movie. I love Silence of the Lambs and this one is even better. ...more info
  • Same scenario than "Silence of the lambs"
    Nothing new here, this is simply a pale copy of the first movie "The silence of the lambs", there is absolutely nothing new here. The kind of movie we have seen over and over again. Stick with the first movie. ...more info
  • Better than Hannibal.
    Red Dragon starring Anthony Hopkins is a extremely suspenseful thriller. The ending is a bit disappointing and I notice other reviewers have stated that complaint as well. Edward Norton and Ralph Feines bring great energy to this film. Much better than expected, gotta see it!...more info
  • To understand the origin of evil, you must go back to the beginning.
    PLOT: The film opens with a brief prologue in Baltimore, 1980. A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert is going on, and in the audience is none other than everyone's favorite cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). The first flautist, Benjamin Raspail, doesn't seem to be too talented and botches up quite a few notes. A week later, Lecter has the members of the Symphony Board over for a dinner party. One of them mentions the fact that Benjamin Raspail is missing and presumed dead. Lecter serves everyone a strange, yet delicious dish. When one of the board members asks what it is, he replies, "If I tell you, I'm afraid you won't even try it." Later that night, FBI criminal profilist Will Graham (Edward Norton) shows up at Lecter's home. Graham and Lecter have been working together to track down serial killers for years. Graham thinks he has new evidence about an active serial killer dubbed the "Chesapeake Ripper". Graham noticed that all of the victim's lost some body part used in cooking. He believes that the Chesapeake Ripper is not keeping his souvenirs, he's eating them. Lecter asks Graham to come back in the morning so the two can revise their profile. He then leaves the room to get Graham's coat.Upon looking around at the object's in Lecter's office, Graham notices an antique medical book. Upon seeing Lecter's handwritten notes for "sweetbreads", Graham immediately knows that Lecter has been the Chesapeake Ripper all along. He turns around and gets stabbed in the abdomen by Lecter. Just as he is about to get killed, Graham stabs Lecter with a bundle of antique arrows. He then manages to fire a couple of shots into Lecter before the two lose consciousness. Years later, Graham (now retired and living in Florida) gets a visit from his old partner Jack Crawford (now played by Harvey Keitel). Crawford informs Graham that there is a new serial killer on the loose, dubbed as "The Tooth Fairy", and that he has already killed two families. He pleads with Graham to consider coming back to the FBI in hopes of trying to find the killer before he kills again. After careful consideration, Graham says goodbye to his wife Molly (Mary-Louise Parker) and son Josh and goes back to the FBI. Graham carefully studies the case file and sees that the Tooth Fairy killed both families in the exact same manner. He inserted mirror shards in their eyes after killing them and even left jagged bite marks on some of them (hence the nick-name). After reaching a dead end, Graham can't find any connection between the two families or why the Tooth Fairy chose to murder them. He decides to consult Dr. Lecter who now resides in solitary confinement in a maximum security facility; after all, Lecter did help Graham catch other serial killers early on in his career. Lecter decides to help Graham and looks at the case file. Graham knows that only Lecter can help him get in the mind of such a bizarre serial killer, but he hopes that he finds him before the next full moon, the only time the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes) strikes.

    COMMENTS: Brett Ratner's film adaptation of Thomas Harris's novel is not the first. It was originally made in 1986 under the title Manhunter. Now, thanks to Ratner, we can finally see Harris's original vision. Manhunter director Michael Mann changed around the story in his screenplay, and several elements of the story were either lost or watered down, including the titular sub-plot involving the Tooth Fairy's obession with the Red Dragon. Since Manhunter's release, two other films based on Harris's novels were released which firmly established Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, so it was only natural that he play Lecter again in Ratner's film. Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally returned to adapt the screenplay for Red Dragon. I especially liked the prologue at the beginning which shows how Will Graham captured Lecter, a scene which was actually absent from the novel. Tally also completely restored the sub-plots involving the reasons for Francis Dolarhyde's (The Tooth Fairy) madness, as well as his obsession with the William Blake paintint "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun." Since this film takes place before The Silence of the Lambs, Rattner went to great efforts to make Hopkins appear younger. At one point he even considered digitally de-aging the actor, a technique he later used in his film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). It brought back chills to once again see Lecter occupying the original cell from Silence. The Hannibal Lecter films starring Anthony Hopkins all seem to follow the same formula. All three were made by very different directors (Jonathan Demme for Silence of the Lambs, Ridley Scott for Hannibal) who in turn made three very unique moods for the films. Even though the films are part of a trilogy, they all work as stand alone films as well. You don't need to watch them in any particular order to know what is going on. Sometimes I watch the films in release date order and sometimes I watch them in chronological order; it doesn't really matter. The film itself features an all-star ensemble cast. I thought that Harvey Keitel as Jack Crawford was a good replacement for Silence's Scott Glenn. Lecter's nemesis Dr. Chilton (played by Anthony Heald) makes a return from Silence, as does Barney Matthews (played by Frankie Faison) from Silence and Hannibal. The character of Barney Matthews actually doesn't appear in the novel, but Ted Tally felt that it would only make sense that he be in the film. Ralph Fiennes gave a very creepy performance as Francis Dolarhyde; not necessarily better than Tom Noonan's in Manhunter, but different. Tally also restored Harris's original ending for the film. He even added an epilogue which sets up the film for the events in The Silence of the Lambs. Overall I think that the film is a much more faithful film than Michael Mann's Manhunter. After this film was released, Hopkins announced that he would never be portraying the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter again. Harris wrote a prequel novel, entitled Hannibal Rising, in 2006. The novel chronicles the life of the young Hannibal Lecter. A film adaptation was released in early 2007, but unfortunately Hopkins refused to appear in the film for a brief cameo or even a voice narrative. This DVD features the film in the original theatrical widescreen ratio. It is loaded with special features including a Making Of documentary, Commentary by Brett Ratner and Ted Tally, Hannibal Lecter's FBI Case File, The Life History of Hannibal Lecter, and much more. ...more info
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