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The Silence of the Lambs (Criterion Collection Spine #13) (1991)

Jodie Foster , Anthony Hopkins , Jonathan Demme  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (958 customer reviews)


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  • 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 (958 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305050058
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,494 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.

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238 of 269 people found the following review helpful
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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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new Collector's Edition February 2, 2007
By Jake
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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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Criterion version is a must have! November 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have seen both versions of "Silence of the Lambs" translated for DVD, and I would vote for the Criterion version any day of the week! From the moment the disc is read by your DVD player, you will be captivated by the start-up menu, with the fluttering of moth wings that move about your surround system, to the cries of Catherine in the background, begging for help from the bottom of the well. I had goosebumps all over again. The FBI reference files were a nice touch, showing Thomas Harris' in-depth research into actuall case files, stemming back to his days as a crime reporter before becoming a successful novelist. If you're looking forward to the sequel based on the latest Harris installation, "Hannibal", then you might want to brush up with this "monster" in the mean time. It's worth the slightly higher price of it's predecessor.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Features February 28, 2000
Format:DVD
Okay, Silence of the Lambs, a great movie blah blah blah. This review is about the features and lack thereof on the criterion release.
First the commentary is very good. They mix five different people onto one track. Personally I would prefer a few independant tracks as was done on (for example) the Contact DVD but it's still is an interesting commentary. The deleted Scenes are interesting and is a feature I would like to see more of on DVDs. The image quality is great; I can't imagine anyone having any complaints about that. Finally, the Documentary material on the disk is interesting but don't get too excited about it - it's nothing you couldn't find on the internet with about 15 seconds worth of effort.
Now about the two features the disk is lacking which I think are serious short comings: No Subtitles and no Trailer. That a criterion release is missing these two features REALLY surprises me since they usually put a lot of effort into making a quality release. I hope this was just an oversight on Criterion's part and they won't make the same mistake in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great
great movie for ant time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!!
I love the fact that this particular edition comes with a disc devoted to special features. Great buy!!!!
Published 6 days ago by Star Wars Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic for this genre
This psychological thriller still stands up today as one of the best of all time. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins gave exceptional performances that draw you into their... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! LOTS OF EXTRAS IN THIS DVD
LOVE IT! LOTS OF EXTRAS IN THIS DVD!
Published 8 days ago by Elizabeth M. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic
Published 10 days ago by Tracy Guerriero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality...
Item was just as expected at a great price. Received in excellent condition, and just as promised.
Published 15 days ago by jaysoto0953
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie, and you can see the difference in sharpness in blu-ray HD.
Published 18 days ago by Tony Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars "BRILLIANT, CHILLING, AND INTENSE SUSPENSE!"
Jodi Foster plays the role of Agent Clarice Starling and as being placed on top of her class for her impressive grades, she is chosen to go on a mission to help stop a psychopath... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Geraldine Ahearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Hopkins is brilliant. I could watch this again and again
Very intriguing film. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant. I could watch this again and again.
Published 21 days ago by Rachel Zaiser
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holes in case
I believe it's called an "eco-case" I have a few movies with these cases. I don't really care for them too much. They are really flimsy and they make it easy to damage the cover art. I toss the eco-cases and put my movies in regular clamshell cases.
Mar 12, 2010 by C. Upperstrom |  See all 3 posts
Collector's Edition - incomplete package from Amazon
Slipcases are limited. That's why it's collectible.
Mar 21, 2009 by Alex105 |  See all 3 posts
Does this Silence of the Lamb have the extras that the previous...
Not all are in HD.
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