Full Length Jewel Case CD
Writer Thomas Harris first introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter, M.D. in Red Dragon. Although Red Dragon was first converted to film in 1986 (Manhunter), the success of Silence of the Lambs and the somewhat less effective Hannibal made it irresistible to give Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal a third bite at the apple (or liver, as the case may be).
Danny Elfman is in top form here. At times invoking his own Batman (and Batman Returns) and at times summoning the spirit of Bernard Herrmann (especially Vertigo and Psycho), Elfman adds not just mood to the film, but power. The score is at its strongest when Elfman thrusts it forward boldly, as he does with dark panache by moving step-by-step from apprehensive ("Logos") to chillingly frantic ("The Revelation"), to culminate in a sheer and sinister Herrmann-esque frenzy ("Main Titles"), all in just the first three tracks! The same themes are used again to satisfying effect later in the score ("End Credits Suite"). Some of the score even reminds us of his Edward Scissorhands.
Listen to two tracks below