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Hannibal (2001)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Ridley Scott Rating:7.9/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by Blunt
Ridley Scott can usually be relied on to provide an interesting and wide-ranging commentary and HANNIBAL is no exception. In fact, given that the film is a lot more pleasing to the eye than the brain, watching the images whilst Scott talks in that calm, Geordie-tinged accent is about the most pleasurable way to re-experience it.

As with most of the Scott discs, the commentary can also be accessed by a chapter menu, an underused but helpful facility.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 18th, 2004:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
As previously said by the other reviewer. Ridley Scott is always great to listen to. Its great how much effort Ridley puts into his commentaries and this one isnt a let down at all. . . .
Reviewed by Elijah Sullivan on April 20th, 2005:Find all reviews by Elijah Sullivan
Checked this film out because I was Ridley Scott fan -- so when I became bored of the movie within five minutes, I actually finished it with the commentary on. It was better that way. Scott clearly treated this as a chance to have fun -- he made the film quickly and with minimal involvement in pre-production -- and most of the things he talks about were things that he found to amuse himself; or he discusses technical challenges that he conquers in typical Ridley fashion. Not necessarily recommended, but not bad at all.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on January 30th, 2017:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
A rare case of a solo-commentator track being quite strong. Rarely does Ridley stop to take a breath, yet he speaks calmly and clearly enough as to not come off as just blabbing for the sake of it. He covers a variety of topics, addresses criticisms, acting methods, etc..

Overall, a very interesting track to listen to. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by grimjack on May 17th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
Not one of Ridleys best commentaries, but still good. (But I would probably rate it one higher if it were by another director.) He seems to talk less about how it were made, so much as what is going on, or that he is trying to get us to feel from scene to scene. The best parts are when he points out some interesting moments, and some good choices by actors. (I especially liked how he pointed out Hannibal detecting someone is trying to follow him, and how effortlessly he deals with the wannabe pick pocket.)

There are some interesting changes near the end, where the book and film go differently, and I would have liked him to talk about that. The script writer might have been interesting to have present during this too, because of how some of the best lines were repurposed for different scenes.