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Friday, August 24, 2001

Whether you're renting or buying, you can't miss the special edition DVD of "Hannibal"() in the store.

It's a two-disc set, with the second disc holding four hours of extras, including an alternate ending plus a description by director Ridley Scott of a third, never-filmed capper. Each focuses on serial killer Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Clarice Starling, with the degree of Lecter's freedom and sacrifice varying. This is what DVD players were made for; you can play director and pick your favorite ending.

The R-rated "Hannibal," a richly photographed thriller, returns Anthony Hopkins as the diabolical, cannibalistic and erudite Lecter. He is living under an assumed identity in Florence, while the fortunes of Starling (Julianne Moore, stepping into the role played by Jodie Foster in "The Silence of the Lambs") have fallen.

She's back on Lecter's trail, as are an Italian detective (Giancarlo Giannini) and onetime Lecter victim Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), a severely disfigured millionaire.

In the end, "Hannibal" is about the perverse, intense relationship between Lecter and Starling. In one of the deleted scenes, he breaks into her car, sniffs the steering wheel and licks it. That's nothing compared to a gruesome dinner in which brain -- fresh -- is on the menu. Hopkins won't be in contention for another Oscar, but he delivers a chilling, compelling performance. And so does Moore.

Also new: "Say It Isn't So," "Pokemon 3," "The Last Warrior," "Daybreak" and "Reptilian."

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