Hannibal is the sequel to 1991’s critically acclaimed The Silence of the Lambs and while it doesn’t have the same impact of its predecessor, it stands up well among the franchise. Anthony Hopkins returns as the sadistic cannibal Hannibal Lecter who has been in hiding for 10 years since the events of the first film. Unfortunately, Jodie Foster does not return as Clarice; instead she is replaced by Julianne Moore who does an equally chilling performance.
There isn’t much to say about the quality of the film. It’s 10 years old, and clearly it shows. The clarity isn’t as sharp as you would expect from a Blu-ray. At times it can be grainy too. Honestly, it’s only a notch above DVD quality and is barely noticeable. The sound quality, on the other hand, is wonderfully done. Hans Zimmer’s eerie soundtrack hits all the right notes at all the right times.
I was ultimately disappointed at the lack of bonus features included with the Blu-ray. I had hopes that they could redeem this edition from its lacking quality. Instead, all we have are a few trailers and that’s it. 10 years this movie’s been around and that’s all they could find?
If you already own Hannibal in any form, it’s probably best to just stick with what you got. Even if you don’t, I would wait until you could find the Blu-ray for cheap. You’re not missing out on much so it can definitely wait.