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Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Jodie Foster , Anthony Hopkins , Jonathan Demme  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (826 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, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 1997
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (826 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305073333
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silence of the Lambs" on IMDb

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As Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero--cultured, quick-witted, uncontainable--a portrait of the sharpest human faculties gone diabolically wrong. His performance marked him as a major star in America, and the movie swept the 1991 Academy Awards--Best Picture, Director (Jonathan Demme), Actor (Hopkins), Actress (Foster), and Screenplay Adaptation (Ted Tally, from the novel by Thomas Harris).

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231 of 260 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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103 of 115 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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33 of 39 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
I understand why this film received multiple Academy Awards. The cast is excellent, the storyline is well done, and can be viewed for years as a well-made film.
Published 20 hours ago by B. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!!!!!!
I have seen this movie many times and enjoy it more each time. The playback quality was excellent.. Would highly reccommend
Published 1 day ago by Aquaplant123
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Had an exciting story line. It was a bit gory, but it was a manageable level of gore. Watch it.
Published 1 day ago by the beginning
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed
Timing, plot, and insidious evil as only Anthony Hopkins can produce. An exceptional movie in it's own rights but one that also did the book justice.
Published 1 day ago by Michael E. Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars it's worth the time and money
this was one of my most favorite childhood movies... including bram stroke's Dracula.... Anthony Hopkins is the best actor in thriller category... Read more
Published 1 day ago by melisha mitchener
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Villian Ever
Chianti, liver, and fava beans, what else could you want? Not for the weak of heart, or stomach. Bon appetit!
Published 1 day ago by Chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Part two
Silence of the Lambs is the second part to the Hannibal Lector story. It's always been my favorite part. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sue Morse
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't even watch it...
I'd love to actually be able to watch this movie, but I keep getting errors about "content protection standards" or something to that effect. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars just what a great thriller is suppose to be
Too many times a big star list fails just as big. Not this one; I've watched it many times and each as pleasurable as before. Read more
Published 5 days ago by leasel maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is one of those movies I never get sick of watching - a classic thriller that never gets old!
Published 5 days ago by mellycat
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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.
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Collector's Edition - incomplete package from Amazon
Slipcases are limited. That's why it's collectible.
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Does this Silence of the Lamb have the extras that the previous...
Not all are in HD.
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