The silence has been broken...by squealing pigs and the screams of those who dare to lay eyes on Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), the only survivor of the tortures of brilliant psychiatrist and psychopath Hannibal
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture is nicely rendered, with images that are sharp and detailed. Contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced, with good visual information available in the darker scenes. Colors are rich and accurate, with nicely rendered fleshtones and deep blacks. Though apparent, edge enhancement is rarely bothersome. There are occasional bits of dirt and source element artifacts noticed, but overall the picture is quite clean. There are a few occasions in which pixelization is noticed, giving the picture a slightly digital appearance. (Suzanne Hodges)
The 5.1-channel soundtracks are fantastic, boasting a fully active, occasionally energetic soundfield listening experience that is richly textured with spatial nuances from both music and sound effects. Fidelity is excellent, as are dynamic and spectral range utilization. The opening drug raid and subsequent shootout in Chapter 3 presents a powerful, loud, all-engrossing soundstage with incredible rendering of gunfire, and a very liberal use of dimension including the split surrounds. When all main channels are active, the use of back surround decoding, such as from the SMART
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