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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the suit...
FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman and save her from a serial killer who skins his victims.

To gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer, she liaises with Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist, but due to hid palate, is now an inmate at a top security facility.

FBI agent Jack...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film - awful transfer
`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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film - awful transfer, 11 May 2009
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`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
OVERALL - 3/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the suit..., 8 July 2014
FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman and save her from a serial killer who skins his victims.

To gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer, she liaises with Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist, but due to hid palate, is now an inmate at a top security facility.

FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter, who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator, has the answers to their questions and can help locate the killer.

However, Clarice must first gain Lecter's confidence before the inmate will give away any information.......

In 1991, this movie changed the way that thrillers and horror movies would be made for a very long time. For the next ten or so years, you couldn't move in a cinema for films that hugely relied on this movie, and its original source material.

If it wasn't for this movie,mew wouldn't have Se7en, Kiss The Girls, or even the Saw franchise.

Even though its a blooming scary, the film relies more on the manipulation of the protagonists, and the wonderful cat and mouse games played between key characters. There are so many red herrings going on, that the only genuine relationship in the whole movie is that of Lecter's and Starling's.

And what performances we have from Foster and Hopkins. These are career defining performances, and yes, they were both prolific artists before the movie for years, but ask anyone about either two, and I guarantee they will mention this movie right away.

The chemistry between the two is electric, and although they only share a few scenes, its cinematic gold.

The camera-work is cold and stark, and the use of head shots subliminally breaking the fourth wall, adds to the tension, and almost makes you feel like you are in the actual narrative.

Its a solid movie, gripping you from the bleak opening credits, right up to one of the best lines in the film.

But the biggest surprise is the wonderful trick the film throws at you, duping you into thinking that the FBI are at the killers house, when it's just Starling at the door. Its a brilliant twist that would have shocked many when first seen, and then the lights go off.....

All in all, its not just one of the defining movies of the nineties, its one of the greatest thrillers ever made.

It's that brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Try making a sound ....The Lambs Can Never be Silenced., 17 Oct 2007
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This is a great movie to watch in the dark. "The Silence of the Lambs." Jonathan Demme's tense thriller combines excellent actors and a wonderfully adapted screenplay to make, what seems to be one of the best, if not the best, thrillers of all time.

This film has three accounts and everyone knows the story. FBI trainee Starling is assigned to glean information from incarcerated serial killer, Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) concerning the whereabouts of another serial killer on the loose, Buffalo Bill. A former patient of Lecters, he's killed and skinned several women. Starling and Lecter's interrogation sessions become a slowly spreading invasion within the background of Starling's emotionally fragile psyche. All the while Buffalo Bill has himself a new victim, and Lecter is already planning his escape.

First I will praise the film's merits. Yes it does have excellent performances. The scenes between Starling and Lecter are electrifying. They're the high-point of the whole film. And Demme does superb things with his camera. I like the way he shoots many of Clarice's scenes from her POV, like when she descends several staircases and goes through several doors at the asylum until she finally meets Dr Lecter. This movie is like no other. It combines tenses scenes with a cast like no other. Anthony Hopkins was born to be Hannibal, and why Michelle Pfeiffer was originally suggested for the role of Clarice over Jodie Foster is bizarre, but because Jodie Foster got the role, it doesn't really matter. When it comes to violence this film is very intense. There are some graphically violent scenes; however the worst violence in the film is the mental violence. Hannibal's ability to destroy someone mentally is incredibly disturbing, and the films motives are pretty full on. However this contributes to the films overall feel of horror, which is why "The Silence of the Lambs" is one of the most mentally frightening films of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopkins delivers knockout memorable performance in smart thriller, 13 Sep 2006
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Clarice Starling (Foster) interviews cannibal Dr Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) in an attempt to track down serial killer Buffalo Bill.

No amount of praise that comes into this world will be enough to recognize the brilliance of this picture. Intelligent, quick witted, psychotic, different, shocking, tense and beautifully acted, the list of positives simply continues.

The most recognized feature of this film is more than likely Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of the evil Hannibal Lecter. An extremely intelligent man who simply knows everything, he IS the epitome of evil. His smart sophistication and intelligence is brought to the screen in a vivid and shocking manor when dealing with FBI trainee Clarice Starling. The pairing of Jodie Foster (The Accused) and Hopkins (World's fastest Indian) is a thing of art. With Clarice's entry into the crime world and Hannibal's experience, we see a wonderful reflection of life. The past, the present and the future all intellectually driven by Lecter.

Ideologies of investigation, nightmares and diagnosis's are all brought to the screen in a shocking manor, brought to an astounding light and credit to the actors who both received Oscars for their acts. Though Hannibal has hardly any screen time he is the stand out figure of the picture and will leave a devastating effect in the viewer's mind that will never be erased.

Based on Thomas Harris' novel, this tells the story of Clarice, coming into the FBI world, unaware of anything and still haunted by her past.

Unlike many crime films out there, this 1991 Oscar winning picture is beautiful in crafting character but also delivering a knockout issue driven plot, combining the two most important elements of films. This is achieved through some intelligent portrayals, but a grasping realistic direction tactic by Jonathan Demme.

The plot is consistent with the dramatic ideology of the serial killer driving the film forward. There are a couple of scenes that are questionable, and a second viewing is usually necessary to capture all the necessary information.

Having never read the book myself, I find this to be a shocking tale that the book may either offer so much more, or put a dent on the picture. Either way, the film is a necessity for any film fanatic.

Smart and sophisticated, Silence of the Lambs is fast and flowing, beautifully realistic with a great line of characters, and one of the greatest onscreen villains in history.

9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and brilliant film., 25 Jan 2006
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When I saw this outstanding and brilliant film when it first came out in the cinema nearly 17 years ago, I was blown away by how good it was. I have seen it at least a further 25 times and it still blows me away. It starts with rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who's in the process of completing an obstacle course, getting a call to go to FBI chief Crawford's (Scott Glenn) office as he has a job for her as he puts it "more of an interesting errand". She's to go to the Asylum and interview the psychiatrist Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lector (Anthony Hopkins).

The task that Starling is given is to find out about the so-called Buffalo Bill and the information as to his whereabouts and to track him down before he kills again. This is Lector's chance to get inside Starling's head for the first time. He succeeds. Anyway, after this first meeting, Clarice finds this distressing and rushes outside to calm herself.

The next couple of visits finds Clarice playing mind games with Lector which he rather enjoys. He does this in exchange for information on Buffalo Bill the serial killer. The information helps Clarice to a certain extent but Lector feeds her with little riddles for her to solve on her case.

The daughter of a Memphis mayor gets kidnapped by Buffalo Bill and he's holding her in a pit to starve her out so he can use her skin to make a 'suit'. This hits the headlines and Clarice has a race to try and stop him before he's able to kill her. Hence getting the help from Lector.

This film is an absolute tour de force featuring grandstanding performances from Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Bytheway, Anthony Hopkins is only on screeen for a mere 25 minutes in total and he still won the Best Actor Oscar. It's his screen presence that does it for me. It can be felt throughout the movie. The director, Jonathan Demme does a remarkable job building up the suspense and leaving the viewer on the edge of their seat pretty much throughout.

This film, in my mind, was worthy of its five Oscar win (Best Film, Best Director - Jonathan Demme, Best Actor - Anthony Hopkins, Best Actress - Jodie Foster and Best Adapted Screenplay - Ted Tally). This film changed the way films like this were made and it set the standard for other films like it to follow. A modern masterpiece in every sense of the word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME, 14 April 2003
The Silence of the Lambs is based on the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris. The movie opens with FBI Trainee Clarice Starling making her way through an obstacle course in Quantico. She then makes her way to her boss Jack Crawford. He comes up with a job for her, to go and interview Hannibal Lecter who is locked away in an asylum in Baltimore, hoping that he may have some information on the man known as “Buffalo Bill” who is murdering women across the country and then removes their skins. The first scene with Lecter and Starling is quite memorable. He toys with her like a puppet until she is near breaking point. It is then when we realise that Lecter may very well know the identity of Buffalo Bill. The result leads to a cat and mouse game between the two leads who deliver knockout performances. Director Jonathan Demme keeps the tension moving with “on the edge of your seat” moments, such as the doorbell scene and the escape. He delivers memorable performances from Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Demme along with Cinematographer Tak Fujimoto use the camera work very cleverly. We see things from Clarice’s eyes and view things how she sees them (Raspail’s head). The Silence of the Lambs went on to win five Oscars – Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), Best Screenplay (Ted Tally), Best Director (Demme) and Best Picture. Overall I’d rate this movie 10 out of 10. Pity about Hannibal! But at least Red Dragon makes up for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never eat lamb chops again!, 7 April 2003
OK, if you've never heard of Hannibal Lecter, stop reading now.
Still with me?
Thought so. This film is so famous, and still so popular, that after all the critical acclaim it has received, it hardly seems worth writing yet another review praising the acting, the direction, the story...........whatever.
I must have seen this film so many times that I'm almost word-perfect, yet somehow it still has the power to keep me glued to the screen.
Sir Anthony Hopkins as the famous cannibal has got to be among the finest pieces of acting I have ever seen. So convincing is that rasping voice, those calculated movements, and those calm descriptions of horrific and sadistic acts, that you find it almost impossible to believe there's actually a nice, 'normal' person underneath it all. (But watch the interviews, believe me, there is!)
Less calm, and much more openly psychotic, is the man who's taken to kidnapping women and skinning them. He's just plain disturbing, and he adds another fantastic performance to this heavyweight of horror films.
Jodie Foster, of course, shines as Clarice Starling, drawing the audience right into the heart of the FBI's world. (and didn't we miss her in the sequel?!?)
This is a much-loved, much-feared and oft-quoted film which has lost none of its potency or popularity in over a decade. It's incredibly influential stuff. The Japanese chap who actually became a real-life Lecter isn't in prison for his crimes, in fact, he's treated like a celebrity. Now what does that tell you about the power of a movie?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the 90's with a wonderful steelbook casing, 17 Jun 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate thriller, 17 April 2009
There can't be many who haven't seen this award winning epic.

At last the FBI have, the frightening, brilliant, dangerous, homicidal maniac Dr Haniball Lector caged in a top security prison, never to be released. However, another serial killer is on the loose, who is also not satisfied with just killing his victims. Named 'Buffalo Bill' (you will see why|) by the FBI, investigations are getting nowhere. With the ever increasing body count, the FBI in despiration turn to the advice of Dr Lector. But at what price?

So, this is the story line. Antony Hopkins is brilliant in the lead role and very frightening even when caged. You can feel the electric atmosphere, as he plays mind games, when interviewed by FBI Agent, Jodie Foster. Although in a very different way, Buffalo Bill is also a frightening individual.

The film is exciting, chilling and at times graphic, but without overstepping the mark. The film concludes with a brilliantly exciting edge of your seat climax, and then probably the best 'one liner' of all time.

It is a measure of this film that the makers decided to remake 'Red Dragon', with Hopkins playing the Hanibal Lector role instead of Brian Cox.
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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. We feel for Starling, we want her to succeed, we feel afraid for her as she becomes dangerously close to Lecter. Foster really has to drive this film, Hopkins makes us afraid but Foster has to make us care, which she achieves easily. Her performance is often overlooked in this film because of Hopkins, but they both won Oscars for their roles and both were well deserved, two of the greatest performances on film to date.
The directing by Jonathan Demme is superb, forcing his audience into every scene by keeping face-on to the dialog and way too close to the action for comfort so we feel like we're there without the need for shaky-hand-held-documentary-style work that works well in some films (e.g. the Bourne Franchise) but would have ruined this. This film is not rugged, it's precise. It's not about random violence, it's about calculated horror.
In conclusion this is an incredible film with stunning performances, intense atmosphere, perfectly calculated directing, and one of the best constructed and driven plots in cinema history. Buy it now, it doesn't matter which edition, just get your hands on this film and prepare to be blown away. Good? It's Perfect.
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