Hannibal

Hannibal

Season One

DVD - 2013
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FBI Agent Will Graham hunts the most notorious serial killers. He is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think, see, and feel like his prey. What he doesn't know is that his new partner has an extreme past. While pursuing a cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams Graham with a psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer.
Publisher: [United States] : NBC Universal Media, c2013.
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHOW HANNIBAL SEASON 1
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (561 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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LPL_FisherA Jun 14, 2015

Bryan Fuller continues to dazzle and amaze audiences in his breathtakingly beautiful and haunting portrayal of the Hannibal mythos. All of the costumes, sets, and cinematography are so expertly executed that they create a hyper realistic environment with an atmosphere of unease that pervades eve... Read More »

Hannibal is a brilliant psychological thriller that depicts the life of the famous cannibal Hannibal Lecter. The first season acts very much so like a police procedural that moves from one visceral and ethereal murder to the next (death has never looked so appetizing). If you enjoyed True Detec... Read More »


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LibrarianShelbi Oct 28, 2016

“Hannibal,” a deliciously gripping crime thriller from NBC, delves into the early years of one of pop culture’s most evil villains — the serial killer who had an unfortunate habit of turning his victims into bedtime snacks.

Graham (the true main character), you see, is plagued by a bundle of issues. He has a unique way of thinking that allows him to empathize with anyone, even psychopaths. So he pretty much feels what they feel. With his tormented mind crammed with freaky visions, he could snap at any moment.

That’s where Hannibal comes in. Blazingly brilliant and ultra-perceptive, he’s one of the country’s premier psychiatrists. Crawford recruits him to essentially serve as a sidekick to Graham and help crack tough cases. This sets up a compelling dynamic: Graham, the man who tracks sickos, unwittingly finds himself in the company of the biggest sicko around.

Basically, it’s a match made in hell. Enjoy!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 21, 2016

I just started watching this show and it has already become one of my favourites. I love how this show has a very eerie creepy feel and the actors in this show are great. Hugh Dancy is amazing as Will Graham and Madds Mikkelsen does a great job as Hannibal. Will Graham and Hannibal are total opposites and it is interesting to see their different approaches at things. I am a huge fan of crime shows so the FBI aspect of the show is one of my favourite things, each episode has a new crime that they need to solve. Season one of this show was amazing and I can not wait to start season two. 4 Stars.
- @bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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lukasevansherman
Apr 26, 2016

I initially didn't have much interest in this because it's rare a TV show based on films works, I hardly ever watch network television, and the serial killer genre feels a bit played. So I was quite surprised at how good and gruesome (for network TV) this show was. The characters are from the first Hannibal Lecter novel "Red Dragon" and while the action is set before Lecter is caught, it's set in the present. Anthony Hopkins' Lecter is iconic, but Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale") makes Lecter his own and is fantastic. Hugh Dancy is the troubled special agent who tracks serial killer, and Laurence Fishburne is his boss, Jack Crawford. Visually, it's quite creative and the violence is both horrifying and artistic. There are some similarities with "True Detective," although this dispenses with the philosophy. Creator Bryan Fuller also did the much lighter, but still death obsessed "Pushing Daisies." Highly recommended.

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Jsmackenator
Nov 22, 2015

Good show. Mads Mikkelson is great as Hannibal and the second lead is also great as his polar opposite. The only real problem I have is the pacing, sometimes the show just blazes through stuff and I feel like a lot of narrative was just stuffed into a few cuts. But entertaining for sure.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Sep 06, 2015

Psychologically thrilling show like Dexter where you don't want to look, but can't help yourself. All characters are flawed, some more than others, but the acting is good and writing clever. Bloody violence and gore appears throughout, and the writers seem to be searching for successively more bizarre ways of killing people. One does have to suspend belief somewhat that these clever actors haven't yet figured out Dr. Lecter's guilt, but of course there wouldn't be any show otherwise.

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fosterclaw
Aug 31, 2015

Not bad. It's not great though. I gave a slightly higher rating for Bates Motel. Kept feeling like I was waiting for it to sort of, take off. The 'dreaming' sequences and 'visions' were throwing me off. The main good guy driving the show is questionably "stable" as far as sanity goes. I found it hard to stay interested. Kept sensing like this was a Dexter play, have to be a certain amount of crazy to understand and catch the crazies but it just doesn't work the same in this series. Will is not immediately likeable to the point you wouldn't want anything bad to happen to him. Will is also far too emotionally sensitive for it to be realistic that he would have gravitated to the extremely violent fieldwork he's involved in. Lector is good, the actor does do a good job but with Hopkins there was a playfulness and quizzical way he interacted with other characters. This made the character very interesting. This version of Lector is kinda dry. Dull in comparison to Hopkins portrayal. The visualizations for putting together the crime scenes are good. Will in place of the murderer in flashback scenes. That was cool.

LPL_FisherA Jun 14, 2015

Bryan Fuller continues to dazzle and amaze audiences in his breathtakingly beautiful and haunting portrayal of the Hannibal mythos. All of the costumes, sets, and cinematography are so expertly executed that they create a hyper realistic environment with an atmosphere of unease that pervades every frame. Although it may stylistically appear like a pretentious art film, Hannibal excels in its gripping storytelling and complex characters. Every character is shrouded in mystery that slowly becomes uncovered as each episode progresses. It is part of what hooked me to the show in the first place. I will admit that Hannibal is not for everyone, especially if you are not a fan of gore, but it will delight you if you enjoy slow-moving, character driven stories that are both engaging story wise and a visual feast. The dialogue is rich and loaded with allusions, the score will get your heart swiftly beating in the anticipation of suspense, and the cast is pure perfection. This is one of the best and most highly underrated shows on television, and I think it is a must watch. Do yourself a favor and give this amazing show a chance.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 07, 2015

You will need a strong stomach to withstand the very gory scenes, and numerous brutal killings. Often I think these were done way over-the-top. Having said that, it is a pretty well done Season I and if you know what you are getting into, you will enjoy it.

funnyman83 May 31, 2015

Not a bad show. Good acting. But felt like it holds back a littlie to much. Maybe because it was made for network TV.

7duffy Jan 13, 2015

Well written, well directed and well acted...a triple threat. Very addictive show, but also very gruesome. Not for the squeemish. I always found Will Graham to be a more interesting character than Clarice, although I don't remember the mention of him going mad or having encephalitis in Red Dragon. He seemed more in control in the book, but that is only my memory and these are the events leading up to it. Mads Mikkelsen is excellent as usual and is an even better Lecter (I know it's blasphamy) in terms of representing Lector's Eastern European background, than the English Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins was more scary, but Mikkelsen is excellent as well. Laurence Fishburne is an excellent actor, but the character seems just too heavy, too stylish and too full of himself to be FBI director Jack Crawford. Almost like he was Lecter's counterpart. However, the sequences with his wife are excellent. They seem more indicative of the Crawford I remember from the books.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2014

Will Graham: Criminal justice journalism being a euphemism for tabloid reporting. -------- Phyllis 'Bella' Crawford: Cancer isn't cruel. Tiny cell wanders off from liver, gets lost, finds its way into my lung, where it's just trying to do its job and grow a liver.
Hannibal Lecter: What it grows and where it's growing it will likely kill you.
Phyllis 'Bella' Crawford: Not likely, it will kill me.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2014

Hannibal Lecter: Killing must feel good to God too, he does it all the time, and are we not created in God's image?
Will Graham: Depends on who you ask.
Hannibal Lecter: God's terrific, he dropped a church roof on thirty-four of his worshipers last Wednesday night in Texas, while they sang a hymn.
Will Graham: Did God feel good about that?
Hannibal Lecter: He felt powerful.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2014

Hannibal Lecter: Passion’s good. Gets blood pumping.

Jack Crawford : What kind of victim forgives the killer at the moment of death?
Will Graham: A mother.

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