DVD Review: Just as the latest film in the Hannibal Lecter saga was a unnecessary disappointment, so is the unrated DVD release.
The audio commentary features both director Peter Webber and producer Martha De Laurentis (obviously recorded at different times) as they discuss making the movie, while “Hannibal Lecter: The Origin of Evil” is little more than a glossy EPK.
After a lengthy opening sequence that explains just how Hannibal lost his family in the war (his parents to a Nazi attack and his sister as a tasty meal for a group of unsavory soldiers), the story fast-forwards eight years to find the teenage Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) living as an orphan in his family’s castle.
Determined to track down his last surviving relative, Hannibal’s journey leads him to France where he meets his recently-deceased uncle’s beautiful wife, Lady Murasaki Shikibu (Gong Li), and learns all about Japanese art and fine dining.
He even manages to snag a scholarship to a prestigious medical school, but poor Hannibal can’t stop thinking about the unfortunate death of his family, and so, armed with a thirst for vengeance, he begins to track down the men that killed his sister, one at a time.
Of course, this hardly makes “Hannibal Rising” any less embarrassing to watch, and while fans of the series will no doubt flock to theaters to catch the latest installment, don’t be surprised to discover that it doesn’t taste quite as good the fourth time around. Or so that’s what author Thomas Harris would like to make us believe in this prequel to his popular series of novels chronicling the life of Hannibal Lecter.Unfortunately, there’s nothing particularly interesting about coming to understand a villain, especially when it cheapens his very legacy by forcing the audience to sympathize with him. The paper says the actress has been spotted wearing a new wedding ring earlier this week. Reports from the Singapore Daily News yesterday (December 18, 2017), suggest the actress best known for her roles in Hannibal Rising, Memoirs of a Geisha or Raise the Red Lantern has secretly got hitched to her long-term relationship. (read more)Intimate Ceremony with Family and Friends There had already been speculation that the loved-up pair were set to announce their engagement but it sounds like they might have just jumped straight to wedded bliss!Related Gong Li Sparks Engagement Rumor The couple is said to have exchanged vows in an intimate morning ceremony at a secret location, before few close friends and family members.