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Product Details

  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Writers: Ted Tally, Thomas Harris
  • Producers: Edward Saxon, Gary Goetzman, Grace Blake, Kenneth Utt, Ronald M. Bozman
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (984 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305050058
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Silence of the Lambs (Criterion Collection Spine #13)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Seven deleted scenes
  • Film-to-storyboard comparison & Storyboards
  • FBI crime classification manual
  • Voices of Death: word-for-word statements of convicted serial killers

Editorial Reviews

From Thomas Harris' novel, director Jonathan Demme explodes and reconstructs a classic genre, laying a foundation of emotional and political commitment beneath a perfectly constructed psychological thriller. Fourteen years after her controversial role in Taxi Driver, Jodie Foster finally makes the transformation from helpless victim to rescuing hero in this dark, gender-bending fairy tale of an American obsession: serial murder. As Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypal antihero-cultured, quick-witted, uncontainable-a portrait of all the sharpest human faculties gone diabolically wrong. Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay Adaptation for Ted Tally.

Customer Reviews

Great movie and acting.
Jerry A.
It's like it gets better with each and everytime you watch the movie.
Jack D. Lowry
This film is such a masterpiece in terms of horror and suspense.
D. Litton

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242 of 274 people found the following review helpful By Hugo D. Hackenbush on March 17, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Pulp entertainment of the highest order, "The Silence of The Lambs" is terrific filmmaking. Entertaining, suspenseful and more than a bit hokey (albeit in just the right places), "Silence" at its core is a "B" movie thriller given an "A"-level film treatment. Fine direction, a crackling plot, iconic characterizations, perfect casting and superlative performances all adds up to a five-star film (out of five) that is worth owning for any self-respecting horror/suspense fan. Unfortunately, MGM's "Silence" Blu-Ray debut is sure to disappoint, as it looks strikingly similar to a finely upconverted DVD, albeit one with heavy doses of grain throughout. Yes, sharpness is slightly improved, but it's only really noticeable in a handful of scenes, and the difference is hardly impressive; the same can be said for the Blu-Ray's blacks and slightly-improved colors.

Some are attributing this to the MPEG-2 encoding, but really the problem lies with the film master source, which really needs a better clean-up. Another contributing factor is the cinematography and lighting of the film, which just doesn't lend itself all that well to hi-def. The underwhelming DTS-HD 5.1 audio fares no better, again probably due to the limitations of the original audio source; the overall sound is flat with the rear channels and sub-woofer barely used, if at all. To top things off, this Blu-Ray release includes most, but not all, of the extras found on the previous DVD releases, meaning if you're a hardcore "Silence" fan, you'll want to to hang on to your old DVD(s). Of course, the Blu-Ray edition does currently offer the best visual and audio presentation of this film, but the difference is decidedly unimpressive and contains far greater film grain than any of the previous DVD incarnations, to boot.
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107 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Jake on February 2, 2007
Format: DVD
If you really love "The Silence of the Lambs", then this is the best edition you could find (though, nowadays it's also the only one you can find).

I have seen every DVD release of this film, though sadly I wasn't old enough to see it when it first came out. Nevertheless, MGM and 20th Century Fox have really outdone themselves:

1. Criterion

The Criterion Collection has always been a trusted source of films for me, and their initial release of this film was decent but lacking with special features, plus the video quality was somewhat scratchy. Still, couldn't beat that commentary track.

2. 2001 MGM

The MGM Speical Edition was pretty nice to promote the theatrical release of Hannibal, with a slew of documentaries and interviews that gave a lot of information of the Silence. No commentary track, but a nice new 5.1 surround mix and a much needed clean-up of the faded picture made the greens rich and the reds blood red.

3. 2007 MGM/20th Century Fox

This new 2-disc set offers the same anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer as was the 2001 release and it still has all of the same documentaries, but this release adds some more features that give even more information about how the film was made and the contoversy afterward. That, and the package art is absolutely delicious. Speaking of which, just behind the inside cover booklet is a tasty treat that invokes both sick humor and helpful tips about "cooking"

Bottom line, if you've never seen this film before then I highly recommend it...that is if you have a strong stomach. It's a brilliant story about good and evil and how dark some people can really be. If you already have all of the previous releases, check this one out too, it's worth the double-dipping into your wallet. The best reason to get this are the added bonus features, but if you really love this film like I do then you'll find it's a great addition to your DVD library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tony C on June 26, 2001
Format: DVD
The Movie: As a movie that launched imitators from the sublime ("The X-Files," "Se7en") to the schlocky ("Copycat," "The Bone Collector"), "The Silence of the Lambs" could have become overdone and familiar through no fault of its own. Watching it again, however, you see what made it a hit. Far from a routine cat-and-mouse thriller, it is a heroine's journey cloaked in nightmarish imagery. (It's not for the squeamish. If horrific and disturbing movie violence -- particularly against women -- turns you off, I highly recommend AGAINST it.)
More horrifying than Jonathan Demme's imagery is the character interplay, and not always from the expected sources. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter IS demonically attractive -- like Dracula or the Joker -- and Buffalo Bill IS depraved. But the film's underlying assertion is that a bit of Buffalo Bill's evil exists in MOST men. Witness the exchanges between Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and Anthony Heald as Dr. Chilton. Even Scott Glenn as Jack Crawford displays some in the funeral home scene. Only Hannibal Lecter, for all his insanity, fully accepts Clarice on her own terms. No imitator has ever captured the perverse mentor-prodigy relationship between the two.
What's most amazing about the film, however, isn't the imagery or the performances or the attention to detail and accuracy. Most amazing is how, after ten years, an ill-advised sequel and countless imitators, "The Silence of the Lambs" still has the power, both on cerebral and visceral levels, to shock, disturb and terrify.
The DVD: Others have remarked upon the sub-par transfer, although the final chapter is color bars, which does little good for those using a DVD-ROM drive on a Macintosh or laptop monitor.
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