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The Silence Of The Lambs (Widescreen Special Edition) (1991)

Jodie Foster , Anthony Hopkins , Jonathan Demme  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (835 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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: 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: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (835 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LINC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Silence Of The Lambs (Widescreen Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 20 minutes of deleted scenes
  • Documentary with interviews with Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
  • Original making-of featurette
  • Outtake reel
  • Photo Gallery

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A psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill is murdering women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling (Foster) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer's actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she'll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own hidden demons, but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it!

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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 Thriller
A classic thriller that truly holds your attention. You have to see how it ends. I've watched this several times since it's release and it's always fu to revisit this movie after... Read more
Published 37 minutes ago by Mesa man
5.0 out of 5 stars About time!
I was too scare to watch this when I was younger, finally took the plunge and it was awesome! So well acted.
Published 20 hours ago by LKshopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Horror Film!
Really good movie! Keeps you on your feet every time something is going on in the film. I would recommend a friend that is into horror movies.
Published 21 hours ago by Chris Romero
4.0 out of 5 stars waooo
Anthony Hopkins is mind blowing in this movie, the suspense almost kills you, you just don't want to blink. Awesome movie.
Published 2 days ago by Mazin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Great movie! My wife didn't realize how beautiful Jodie Foster was until she saw this movie and her acting was incredible!
Published 2 days ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
awesome to watch, the tv show is great too people should watch it, every episode is like a movie in itself.
Published 4 days ago by Maria Fernanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's very suspenseful and makes you pause and ponder. As you watch you really don't know how the movie will end.
Published 4 days ago by ibrahim alhashidi
5.0 out of 5 stars You already know that it's good.
I rented this because I couldn't stream it anywhere else. Now you can stream it from Hulu Plus if you want.
Published 6 days ago by M P
5.0 out of 5 stars Foster and Hopkins both were so much younger then
This has great acting and a at the edge of your seat story line, have watched over many times and it never gets old.
Published 6 days ago by aitech1990
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 8 days ago by B. Hart
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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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Slipcases are limited. That's why it's collectible.
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Not all are in HD.
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