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The Silence Of The Lambs [DVD] [1991]

Jodie Foster , Anthony Hopkins , Jonathan Demme    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KIVV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,945 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on Thomas Harris's novel, Jonathan Demme's terrifying adaptation of Silence of the Lambs contains only 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 Keogh,

On the DVD: On disc one, the film itself looks clinically sharp in a faultless widescreen (1.85:1) anamorphic transfer, while the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack makes the most of the chilling sound effects and Howard Shore's masterfully understated score. Unlike the Region 1 Criterion Collection, however, there is no audio commentary at all. On the second disc, the all-new hour-long "making-of" documentary features contributions from the screenwriter, producer, composer, costume designer, make-up effects people and even the moth wrangler ("There were no moths harmed in the filming!") as well as Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill) and Anthony Hopkins, who talks at length about creating Lecter. Conspicuous by their absence are Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster. Aside from the usual trailers and stills gallery there are 21 deleted scenes, many of which are not whole scenes but deleted excerpts, a promotional featurette made in 1991 and an outtakes reel that proves the cast really did have fun making this scary picture. For those who want to scare all their friends, there's also an answerphone message from Anthony Hopkins "in character". --Mark Walker

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Inside the Labyrinth: The Making of Silence Of The Lambs
Original Featurette
Deleted Scenes
Anthony Hopkins Phone Message
Outtakes Reel
Stills Galleries
Teaser Trailer
Hannibal Trailer
Original Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Collectable Booklet
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish, Czech, Croatian, English hard of hearing.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film - awful transfer 11 May 2009
`The Silence of the Lambs' is the classic 1990 film based on the novel by Thomas Harris. Trainee FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is asked to interview a cannibalistic killer named Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) and ask for his knowledge on profiling to help the FBI to find a vicious serial killer known as Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine).

This has always been one of my favourite films of all time - everything about it is first class. It's without a doubt one of the creepiest, most exciting and suspenseful thrillers that I have ever seen and still stand the test of time nearly 20 years later. The presentation and setting is dark, dirty and gritty, giving it the seedy feel that the book gave me, the script is nearly spot-on to the book too with not much left out (something that is rare with adaptations) and the acting from the whole cast is performed perfectly to their counterparts from the amazing novel, making this one of the best book-to-film adaptations ever. So as you can imagine, when I heard that this was coming to Blu Ray I couldn't wait to get hold of it and watch it in high def.

Well I watched it last night and I'm sad to report that the transfer to high definition was not really worth me re-buying this and "upgrading" it to Blu Ray. The picture quality was pretty bad with a very grainy look to it throughout the whole movie. In the darker scenes it looked as if there were white dots on the black areas of the screen and the rest just looked incredibly dark. I actually compared it to my DVD copy straight afterwards and I was shocked to see that the DVD version actually looked better than the Blu Ray transfer! The sound however was noticeably better.

Overall this is one of the best films ever that I strongly recommend seeing but if you already have it on DVD you should definitely not buy this version as it would be a real waste of money.

MOVIE - 5/5
PICTURE - 2.5/5
SOUND - 5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Pictures probably at their best, wondelful steelbook case, a classic, Blu-ray gives it new visibility, new details, and still the same magnetism.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How all thrillers should be. 6 Sep 2007
You've heard of this film, it's been so parodied and referenced over the years since it's release that it's become firmly embedded in the public consciousness. The reason for this? It's absolutely fantastic. It's one of the few films I haven't a bad word to say about, it's pretty damn near perfect.
The story follows a young FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Foster) who's sent to interview an imprisoned serial killer, the now world-famous Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins). The interview coincides with the continuing activity of another very different killer, Buffalo Bill, and of course the two plot lines quickly become one as Lecter offers to use his undoubted psychological genius to aid the police in exchange for improving his circumstances of imprisonment.
Hopkins as Lecter is only on screen for about twenty minutes totaled up and yet he gives such a stunning performance that his presence is felt throughout the film. He is at once charismatic, dangerous, electrifying, creepy, hypnotic, menacing and deeply disturbing. The first time he stares into the camera you feel like he's staring into your very soul, and for Starling he is. He's behind glass and yet Hopkins manages to instill such a sense of danger to him that he seems infinitely more terrifying than Buffalo Bill - where Bill is deranged, confused and emotionally volatile, Lecter is cold, intelligent, darkly empathetic, and completely detached from that most basic drive that prevents us killing. That Lecter clearly has his own strict moral code based on manners and politeness makes him even more frightening.
Foster as Starling delivers a career best performance, perfectly realizing the character as both strong but vulnerable, sensitive but determined, by no means the 2D female lead the film would have produced in almost any other actress.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Yes I have this on DVD with the same features as on Blue ray , and after multiple DVD releases and now Blue ray , they cannot get round to new interviews and commentaries ? That is disappointing as all the other films in this series have commentaries from Hannibal , Hannibal rising to red dragon .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt one of the greatest films ever. 6 Oct 2013
There is so much excellence in this film it's difficult to know where to begin.

Even the props used in every scene were outstanding:the sparsely furnished prison cell with Lecter's scribblings,the objects partly hidden in the lock-up discovered by Starling and revealed by torchlight.

Credit also to Ted Tally,the screenwriter,who successfully converted and compressed Thomas Harris's detailed essay into something that could be made on film with director Jonathan Demme.

And of course the actors:Hopkins,Foster,Levine('Buffalo Bill'),Glenn

Superb and never dulls the appetite when watching again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic film 11 May 2013
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This will sound odd, but my daughter plays this DVD when she has trouble sleeping! She finds it better than sleeping pills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 April 2013
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Steelbook- Brings an old classic back to life. Lovee steel books Not enough films are offered in the form. Would like to see Hannibal and Red Dragon offered in steel book - blu ray format
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars was a great film 3 April 2013
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was a great film, didnt scare me as I thought it would have, made me chuckle at some parts :)
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