Fans of Manhunter will continue to debunk Red Dragon as a lifeless remake, but in reality it is far from the disaster that many have made it out to be. It is ultimately a worthy attempt to serve up an adaptation of the first chapter in the Lecter trilogy while providing a level of intertextual continuity not offered by Mann’s film. The end result is not a masterpiece on the same level as The Silence of the Lambs or Hannibal, but to be honest it was never going to be, and the final product - a smart, competent thriller featuring a highly qualified cast and slick production values - is as good a result as anyone could have reasonably expected.
I continue DVD Times’ HD DVD coverage with a review of Red Dragon, the first of the various Hannibal Lecter films to arrive in high definition. This unfairly maligned readaptation of Thomas Harris’s gripping novel is given an impressive presentation and is stacked with an array of bonus materials.
Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 12:01 AM
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