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Hannibal - Special Hannibalized Edition


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What is it about? Our movie shows Hannibal as a monster following his own motives and instincts, which are not explained by morale or deeper logic. This is the Hannibal we know from "Silence of the Lambs".

original film name: Hannibal
film studio name: MGM
Date Original Film Was Released: 09 FEB 2001
Date Edit Was Released: 09 MAY 2005 / re-edit: 25 OCT 2005
Original Runtime: 131 min
New Runtime: 132 min
Amount of time Cut/Added: 20 minutes cut, 21 min added
Cuts removed/added/extended:

1. removed the entire fishmarket shooting scene
2. removed the original letter reading scene
3. removed several Barney and Clarice scenes, where the morale of Hannibal is mentioned
4. removed the original ending
5. added Clarice grief scene
6. added the visit at Baltimore State Forensic Hospital
7. added Il Mostro scenes
8. added the letter sending scene
9. extended the jogging scene with the "Hannibal licking the driving wheel" scene
10. added alternate ending

DVD - Features:

1. Trailer
2. Deleted Scenes
3. Animated Menus
4. Scene Selection Menus
5. Cover and Disk Art
6. Introduction by Ridley Scott (fake)
7. English subtitles
8. CBB Trailershow
9. presented in 16:9 NTSC

Conceptual improvements/advancements of edit over original: Both Ridley Scott and Thomas Harris made a person of high morale out of the serial killer Hannibal Lecter. We could not accept that and thought this to be a main reason for the movie being a major disappointment. Also there was way too much about Starling and her career as a failure, which is definitely not what we wanted to watch. The Il mostro hunt in Italy is a nice addition and is a major reason for Pazzi being suspicious about Hannibal's true identity. We had to put this back in (btw. Il Mostro is the housekeeper of the Carpone Library and works for Hannibal... he always loves to have serial killers around him. Unfortunately there were not enough scenes in the movie to state that clearly).

Our movie shows Hannibal as a monster following his own motives and instincts, which are not explained. We concentrate on the hunt in Italy and the USA. The relationship between Hannibal and Clarice remains intense, but unclear, never would he willingly cut his own wrist to save hers... that was just absurd. Clarice is very important for the movie, but her part had to be reduced to have Hannibal more in the centre of action.

Time needed for the edition
planning: 4weeks
editing: 5 days (recolouring of the deleted scenes was a lot of work)
sound editing: 1 day
trailer: 1 day
DVD layout and features: 1 day
persons involved: 4


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