The Silence of the Lambs (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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An FBI woman needs a killer called Hannibal the Cannibal to catch a killer called Buffalo Bill. Oscars for best picture, director Jonathan Demme, actor Hopkins, actress Foster.
Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat), and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
- "Inside the Labyrinth: Making of The Silence of the Lambs" hour-long documentary
- "The Silence of the Lambs: From Page to Screen" 3 Part Documentary
- "Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster" 3 Part Documentary
- "Scoring the Silence" featurette
- Original 1991 Making Of Featurette
- 5 Recipe Cards: Fava Bean Risotto, Roast Saddle of Lamb and more
- 22 Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes Reel
- Sir Anthony Hopkins Phone Message
- Photo Gallery
- TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailer
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Juxtaposed against the worst of humanity is Jodie Foster as the fresh-faced, hyperintelligent yet somehow innocent FBI agent, who can look at the worst that one human being can do to another and still continue her mission to find and stop the perpetrator. Add Scott Glenn as her world-weary yet still optimistic mentor and you have a team that got their man, even if other forces let another evil slip through their fingers.
I've lost count of how many times I've seen this movie. Somehow, I never grow tired of it. Whenever I am flipping through channels on TV and I find it, I will start watching it wherever it happens to be at the moment, even if it is in the middle or near the end. With most movies I *have* to watch them from the beginning but I know this one so well I don't need to fill in the blanks. Sometimes it concerns me that I am so fascinated by such a dark movie about extremely disturbed characters, but I have always been fascinated by the workings of the human mind. This represents, for the most part, one end of the spectrum, with Clarice Starling's character as the opposite end. Good against evil - a tale as old as humanity. It's no wonder so many people find this fascinating.
Overall this is a riveting feature, mostly by Hopkins's portrayal of Dr. Lector as an insane and dangerous serial killer with a chilling talent for penetrating people's guarded thoughts. Jodie Foster is convincing as the FBI trainee who is out to prove herself. The close-ups of Hopkins and Foster during key scenes have the effect of placing viewers next to Agent Starling, giving them a taste of the cold atmosphere and hypnotic effect of Lector. The story keeps you glued to the screen as the investigation unfolds and provides startling developments. It's a very good movie that ranks with other features such as "Seven," "The Onion Field" and "In Cold Blood."
The Criterion Collection edition is good; imagery is high quality and provides some deleted scenes. Extra features include interesting information on the FBI's work in tracking down serial killers through psychological profiling, and text extracts of interviews from actual serial killers.
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