WELL, HELLO, CLARICE ... A ``SILENCE OF THE LAMBS'' DVD REISSUE GARNISHES THE RELEASE OF ``HANNIBAL''.
Byline: Rob Lowman Entertainment Editor
It's Red Carpet time for DVDs. This week Oscar Best Picture winner ``Silence of the Lambs'' is being released on special-edition discs; next week it's ``Gandhi,'' and ``Forrest Gump,'' which we will talk about then.
Of course, the release of ``Lambs'' coincides with debut of ``Hannibal,'' its sequel, on DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. and video. How these two films compare to one another is interesting - sort of like the main course and dessert. Sometimes after a good meal, there is not much room for dessert.
``Lambs'' (1991) took home five Oscars - besides Best Picture, it received Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins Noun 1. Anthony Hopkins - Welsh film actor (born in 1937)
Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins, Hopkins ), Best Actress (Jodie Foster Alicia Christian Foster (born November 19 1962), better known as Jodie Foster, is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, director, and producer. She has also won two Golden Globes, 3 BAFTA awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award, making her one of the few select ) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally Ted Tally (born April 9, 1952) is an Academy Award winning American playwright and screenwriter.
Born Theodore Tally in North Carolina, Tally was educated at Yale College and the Yale School of Drama, and has also taught at each of them. ). A taut psychological thrill, ``Lamb'' revolves around the ``relationship'' between FBI trainee Clarice Starling starling, any of a group of originally Old World birds that have become distributed worldwide. Starlings were brought to New York in 1890; since then the common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) has spread throughout North America. (Foster) and imprisoned im·pris·on
tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.
[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en- serial murderer, Dr. Hannibal ``the Cannibal'' Lecter (Hopkins). Clarice has been sent to interview Hannibal by FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford Jack Crawford may refer to:
``Do you spook easily, Starling?'' Crawford asks the young woman trying to overcome her past demons Demons
See also devil; evil; ghosts; hell; spirits and spiritualism.
one who denies the existence of the devil or demons.
recognition of the existence of demons and goblins. as well as be tough enough to make it in the man's world of the bureau. He is sending Clarice (a lamb), not to be slaughtered, but because he hopes that Hannibal, who has a penchant for eating his victims, will respond to her innocence, her purity of purpose. ``Do you spook easily?'' Demme was actually asking the audience. For what follows is near perfection - chilling, fascinating and subtle, especially the acting. Clarice is a woman who is constantly trying to keep under control and not allow her emotions to spill out. Foster's face and body language showed us that. Hannibal is always in control, a predator with intellect, an antenna up to sense any weakness. Hopkins was able to convey the menace of Hannibal with sometimes a mere half smile. It's a brilliant performance.
How does ``Hannibal'' stack up?
There's no doubt that the public had an appetite for a sequel, but there were problems. Foster and Demme declined to come on board. There were apparent script problems. Julianne Moore, a fine actress in her own right, stepped in to take on the role of Clarice, Ridley Scott (``Gladiator'') took over as director and playwright/director David Mamet and Steven Zaillian wrote the screenplay, which, like ``Lambs,'' was based on a novel by Thomas Harris.
Don't expect to see ``Hannibal'' up for many Oscar nominations next March, except perhaps in art direction. Scott has given the picture a cool, baroque glaze, an apparent contradiction, but that's very much the director's style - grand visual schemes with a detachment. As ``Hannibal'' plays out its feast of gore, Scott ambles on as if he's more interested in the Italian architecture (much of the film is set in Florence) than in the story, but considering the story, maybe that's not such a bad idea.
Moore seems to be channeling Foster; she never quite captures the character. She is able, though, to make it work to a degree, as if she were Clarice's older sister. (The film is set 10 years later.) Hannibal is by now almost in retirement mode, and Hopkins plays him that way, sated sate 1
tr.v. sat·ed, sat·ing, sates
1. To satisfy (an appetite) fully.
2. To satisfy to excess. , bemused, but still capable of cooking up a first-class meal when the opportunity presents itself.
The problem is that while Lecter was a lightning rod in ``Lambs,'' with the action often going on around him (there was another serial killer serial killer Forensic psychiatry A person who commits serial murders Prototypic SK White ♂ age 30; 97% are ♂; 80% are sociopaths. See Dahmer, Depraved heart murder, Ice Man. Cf Megan's law, Son of Sam law. to catch), in ``Hannibal'' he is primarily the focus. So while in ``Lambs'' the tension continuously builds, in ``Hannibal'' the audience is usually waiting for the next course of gore to be served up. Still it's a classy group who have put ``Hannibal'' together, and even if the film isn't great, it has some tasty moments.
Both films are loaded with extras, including deleted scenes. One thing I've noticed about them is that no matter how fascinating, I much more often than not agree with the director about leaving them out. Besides the deleted scenes, ``Lambs'' has new interviews with Foster and Hopkins and an outtake out·take
a. A section or scene, as of a movie, that is filmed but not used in the final version.
b. A complete version, as of a recording, that is dropped in favor of another version.
2. reel. Missing, though, is the commentary that was on the earlier DVD. ``Hannibal,'' too, has deleted scenes plus commentary by Scott, who is always interesting to listen to, in that he spends time explaining his decisions and the thinking that went into them rather than just giving you funny stories about what went on during filming.
``Hannibal'' (MGM MGM
in full Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
U.S. corporation and film studio. It was formed when the film distributor Marcus Loew, who bought Metro Pictures in 1920, merged it with the Goldwyn production company in 1924 and with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in 1925. ) is $29.98 on DVD and priced to rent on VHS (Video Home System) A half-inch, analog videocassette recorder (VCR) format introduced by JVC in 1976 to compete with Sony's Betamax, introduced a year earlier. . ``Silence of the Lambs'' (MGM) is $24.98 on DVD.
It's not the ending of ``An Officer and a Gentleman'' - it's ``Hannibal,'' starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. The sequel to ``The Silence of the Lambs'' arrives on video and DVD this week.