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Hannibal Rising: Uncut Version

Released on 25 June 2007

Featuring: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li & Helena Lia Tachovska

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It started with revenge.

In Red Dragon we learned who he was. In Silence of the Lambs we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter - the one that answers the most elusive question of all - why?

Hannibal Rising marks the first time in the award-winning series, best selling author Thomas Harris ("Red Dragon," "Silence of the Lambs") writes the screenplay - reaching back to explore the origins of Lecter's rage, terror and savagery.

The story begins in Eastern Europe at the desperate end of World War II. For many it was no longer a conflict of nations but one of individual survival - at any cost. A young Hannibal watches from only steps away as his parents' violently die, leaving his cherished young sister in his care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to the atrocities he is forced to witness and perhaps survive as a result of.

Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet Orphanage that once served as his family's beloved home. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died but his beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made.

Gaspard Ulliel plays the fearsome Lecter, alongside Gong Li, Rhys Ifans and Dominic West. Peter Webber (Girl With A Pearl Earring) directs.
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  • Audio Commentary with Peter Webber & Martha De Laurentiis

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 Hannibal Taking The Rise.

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Any film that kills off a child's parents by having a Stuka crash into a T34 tank should be awarded an Oscar on the spot. When that child is one Hannibal Lector you know that any shred of dignity this franchise had left has been well and truly forfeited.
Lector's backstory reads like a Marvel comic without the subtlety. We are led to believe he grew up in a castle in Lithuania like a poor version of Doctor Doom, saw his parents die in that ridiculous manner, winessed that idiot from Notting Hill eat his sister, escape the Eastern Bloc in 5 minutes flat, and train with a Japanese female warrior along the lines of Electra Assassin. Did anyone else see how preposterous this is and more to the point; why didn't they tell Harris how far removed this supervillain was from Manhunter or The Silence of the Lambs?
The writing was really on the wall in Hannibal. We were expected to believe that Lector was supernatural almost. It was as if he was now a Dracula figure prowling around in his black cloak looking to give people a quick nip on the neck. To be honest Harris must be questioned as a writer from the off as naming your villain Hannibal so it rhymes with Cannibal is juvenille in anyones book.
Still the movie has a kind of high-camp running throughout as our murderer takes on the trappings of his infamous serial killer persona-reminiscent of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. What next for Hannibal? Hannibal versus X-Men? A team up with The Hulk? Or how about Hollywood leaves this character alone? Now that is unbelievable.

 Gaspard did it justice

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I must say the reviews are very mixed for this film and I see aspects of where everyone is coming from. Personally I enjoyed the film, it kept me interested, entertained and did what it said on the box. Gaspard is a very good actor and played the part to perfection. I'm not sure it truly fitted in with the other films or tied up all the ends but as I had an enjoyable night spent in front of the box I won't be agonising over it. Quite gory but as long as you aren't hacking your way through a chicken drumstick at the same time you should be OK! Reviews are always interesting but I always like to check a film out for myself and suggest you do likewise!

 Not Great but Not Bad

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I wasn't a huge fan of this as I love the other 3 movies. I don't really think that it gave that much of an insight as to how Hannibal the Cannibal actually came about. For starters, the accent, from Lithuanian to English. What's that all about. And then that fact that his sister was eaten was what turned him into a cannibal....I just don't think seeing that would do it for me. Would probably turn me vegetarian. However, my husband liked it. He thought more or less the same as me but liked it anyway. So all in all this film is for some and not for others. It's up to you.

 Very Interesting Prequel

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have to say I was reluctant to watch this one thinking no little kid could do justice to the Character of Hannibal Lecter played by the cunning Anthony Hopkins! But the young man 'Gaspard Ulliel' exceeded my expectations, Fantastic performance by him!!! Cleverly directed, excellent locations and the Terror of Hannibal portrayed extremely well! A story of revenge and brutal murders, showing exactly how Hannibal became the Monster of a man he is! It is difficult to live up to the iconic brand of Hannibal and I have seen several reviews that put me off but two thumbs up to Webber, he delivered a great movie, A must watch for all Hannibal Fans

 GIVING HANNIBAL A BACK STORY WAS A HUGE MISTAKE !

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This prequel to the Lecktor legacy is a huge mistake.
The film based in the equally bad book, starts at the end of WWII where we find Hannibal as a child. He and his sister hide out in the frozen waste lands after his wealthy parents are killed. When a fleeing squad of s.s. soldiers, find there hide out, the starving soldiers choose which one to eat, Lecktor or his younger sister. You can tell which one they choose, or it would have been a very short movie. Years later the now older Hannibal tracks down these soldiers, and deals out his revenge.
The films major fault is by giving Hannibal a back story. To give him a reason why he turned out the way he was, takes away the monster and makes Lecktor unscary. They should have left his story a enigma.
The film is interesting but not gripping. But it is well made.
They should have left Hannibal alone.
It's only worth buying if you feel that you have to complete the saga. If other, leave this sorry addition well alone, as it is a very average none event of a thriller !

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ActorsGaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Helena Lia Tachovska, Rhys Ifans, Goran Kostic, Ivan Marevich, Dominic West, Martin Hub, Marko Igonda, Nancy Bishop, Charles Maquignon & Kevin McKidd
DirectorPeter Webber
Certificate18 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration2 hours and 5 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.