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The Silence of the Lambs [Blu-ray] [1991]

  • SKU: 8260008
  • Release Date: 03/03/2009
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (314 out of 318)

    Special Features


    • Breaking the Silence
    • Understanding the Madness
    • Inside the Labyrinth
    • The Silence of the Lambs: From Page to Screen
    • Scoring the Silence
    • Original 1991 Making of Featurette
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Anthony Hopkins Phone Message
    • Outtakes Reel
    • TV Spots
    • Teaser Trailer
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Silence of the Lambs
    In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into this case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. Lecter does indeed know something of Buffalo Bill, but his information comes with a price: in exchange for telling what he knows, he wants to be housed in a more comfortable facility. More important, he wants to speak with Clarice about her past. He skillfully digs into her psyche, forcing her to reveal her innermost traumas and putting her in a position of vulnerability when she can least afford to be weak. The film mingles the horrors of criminal acts with the psychological horrors of Lecter's slow-motion interrogation of Clarice and of her memories that emerge from it. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jodie Foster
      Jodie Foster - Clarice Starling
    • Anthony Hopkins
      Anthony Hopkins - Dr. Hannibal Lecter
    • Scott Glenn
      Scott Glenn - Jack Crawford
    • Anthony Heald
      Anthony Heald - Dr. Frederick Chilton
    • Brooke Smith
      Brooke Smith - Catherine Martin



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 318 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Blue Ray

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      JohnnyBravo
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      The Silence of the Lambs finally debuts on Blu-ray with an MPEG-2 encoded 1080p high definition transfer, presented inside a 1.85:1 frame. The image is fairly grainy, and black backgrounds generally see a spike in the level of visible noise. The film has a bleak, depressed look about it through much of the runtime, setting the tone for the feel of the film and the grisly characters that inhabit it. Colors, too, are slightly dulled in some scenes but a bit brighter in others. They are always stable and strong and never too harsh and overblown or underdeveloped. Fine detail is adequate but not stunning. The rough textures of Lecter's cell walls and the pit where Bill keeps his victims are fairly well defined, but there are no earth-shattering levels of fine detail seen here. Other objects look better under the right conditions, a tape recorder and several drawings seen in Lecter's Tennessee holding cell, for example, offer higher levels of visible detail than do those in darker, danker, grimier locales. Flesh tones look good throughout. Blacks, aside from seeing a rather heavy level of noise, are dark but not always deep and inky, and there is occasionally a slight loss of fine detail in the darker corners of the image. The Silence of the Lambs offers a bland visual style that will never sparkle on any format, and it is reproduced fairly well on this Blu-ray release.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent film, okay Blu-ray transfer.

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      BigA
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      By now, most of you will be familiar with this film. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are both excellent in this thrilling and dark adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel. It has now been over 5 years since this film was release on Blu-ray, and this adaptation stands above any of the DVD or VHS versions that preceded it. However, it is by no means perfect. The picture in this film, while sharper and more detailed than the DVD release, still suffers from inconsistent black levels and a fair amount of noise in the picture. It isn't terrible for a 23 year old film, but compared to modern films on Blu-ray, shot with digital cameras, the age definitely shows. This movie could benefit from a remastered edition, but currently I don't believe one is in the works. On the audio side, the score is haunting and engaging, but the Lossless 5.1 audio track has few discrete surround effects, and makes little use of immersive surround elements in general. Overall, the movie is excellent, and I would recommend it. While still flawed, it is the best transfer of the film to date. As a reference disc for what Blu-ray can do on the technology side it still falls woefully short. At the current price of $4.99 at Best Buy however, I would recommend it even to those unfamiliar with the film. You won't be disappointed.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Movies at a bargain!

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      BAloha
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      We were looking around at another retailer and couldn't find the movie we wanted and happened to stop in to Best Buy wondering if there was a collection of movies that were of similar bargain prices like the huge retail store we came from. Sure enough, after looking at the available movies we found what we were looking for and could view it that evening, and at the same price as the other retailer! Sometimes it is nice just to be able to drive around somewhere instead of having everything come to you. There are movies galore at this location and surely they will have others. Now there is an alternative to the red machine at other shops or the collections at other big retailers. Best Buy has them on shelves and not in bins!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic psychological horror

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      prlwctd

      Like Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this 1991 film (based on Thomas Harris's book) is partially based on real-life killer Ed Gein. FBI agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is sent to enlist the aid of incarcerated cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in the hopes that he may provide information that'll help capture killer-at-large Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). Lecter agrees and uses the opportunity to discover what drives Clarice to do what she does. The scenes between Foster & Hopkins won both well-deserved Oscars. Levine, in an all but overlooked performance, is also scary. The ending is wonderfully and appropriately chilling.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      From VHS to BluRay

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      bamartr09
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      I have loved this movie since I was a child, however I always remember us watching it on a VHS player and a 32 inch color screen Television with Stereo sound. Now that i have upgraded to a 50 inch flat screen 240hz LED TV with 3D capability... my movie experience has completely changed for some films. After buying this BluRay, I was able to enjoy one of my favorite movies with so much more clarity and better sound quality that previous technology lacks. Also a plus, theres not a ton of advertisements on this BluRay! I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to see a great cult classic.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Criterion Perfection

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      joeslang
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      I originally owned the Criterion DVD release of 'Silence of the Lambs' and was overdue for an upgrade (the DVD version wasn't enhanced for widescreen). The jump from the DVD to updated Blu-Ray is staggering - beautiful playback (especially when coupled with a 4K upscaling player) and a wealth of bonus material. The included documentaries are worth the purchase price alone. A must for fans of the film.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Film

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      DrAdam
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      I've seen many, many movies, and while 'Silence of the Lambs' may not come up in my discussions with friends about our favorite movies, this film is without a doubt one of the best movies ever made. It's suspenseful at the right times, it's uneasy, and it features one of the most iconic evil characters of all time (Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter is a legendary performance). All of the sequels failed to live up to the expectations set forth by the original...but how could they?

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Butterflies, lambs, prison, and pure fear..

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      Movieman1
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      A brilliant adaptation of the book of the same name, The Silence of the Lambs depicts a young FBI recruit talking too a convicted serial killer. She is searching for a current serial killer that is taking women all over an area in the mid west.. He helps her but she has to help him as well.. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are outstanding in this. The suspense and paranoid fear searching for an answer is awesome to watch. A great crime thriller!

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