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Red Dragon
2002 / Widescreen
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 72 (May 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker & Philip Seymour Hoffman

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
The supplements here dare you to enter the mind of Hannibal Lecter, with a textual life history and criminal profile on Lecter that is outlined in a similar way to real serial killers

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21987
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence, grisly images, language, some nudity and sexuality
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/01/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brett Ratner
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Special Notes:
Available in three editions: (1) widescreen ($26.98), (2) full screen ($26.98), and (3) widescreen 2-disc Director's Edition ($34.98).

Story Synopsis:
After retiring from the Bureau, FBI agent Will Graham (Norton) is recruited back once more to hunt down "The Tooth Fairy," a madman who kills whole families and then covers their eyes with pieces of broken mirror. Needing help in finding the killer, Will reluctantly goes to visit Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins - whose portrayal of the character in "The Silence Of The Lambs" earned him an Academy Award

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD offers a very satisfying picture, with images that are sharp and crisp, with excellent detail and definition. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. Some stylistic color choices are used to give the picture a certain mood. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, offering suitable visual information in darker scenes like those inside the color lab in Chapter 9. There is some minor edge enhancement noticed, and there are a few occasions in which the picture has a digital appearance, with evident pixel breakup or moir

The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is an excellent recording, with outstanding production virtues, particularly with respect to dimension. Imaging is palpably wide across the screen with considerable depth into the surrounds. The music is especially distinguished for this soundtrack, and is an exemplary recording with wonderful envelopment. Voices sound distinctively natural and have very good spatial integration. The perception of dimension is consistent throughout, appropriately shifting in accordance to the on-screen environments. When appropriate, there's ample low-end energy, with aggressive LFE channel engagement and sub-25 Hz content noticed in the main channels. The sonic character of the bass is distinct and articulate. The pacing and styling of the music is appropriately suited to the many instances of suspense and uneasiness. This is a standout soundtrack and one of the true state-of-the-art productions. (Perry Sun)

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