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
Inside the Labyrinth: Making of The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs: Page to Screen (2 Part Documentary)
Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster (3 Part Documentary)
Scoring the Silence
Original 1991 Making Of Featurette
Anthony Hopkins Phone Message
Other MGM Trailers
Jodie FosterClarice Starling
Anthony HopkinsDr. Hannibal Lecter
Scott GlennJack Crawford
Anthony HealdDr. Frederick Chilton
Brooke SmithCatherine Martin
Ted LevineJame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb
Diane BakerSenator Ruth Martin
Kasi LemmonsArdelia Mapp
Charles NapierLt. Boyle
George A. RomeroFBI Agent
Jeffrie LaneClarice's Father
Lawrence A. BonneyFBI Instructor
Lawrence T. WrentzAgent Burroughs
Don BrockettFriendly Psychopath
Frank Seals, Jr.Brooding Psychopath
Masha SkorobogatovYoung Clarice
Leib LenskyMr. Lang
Red SchwartzMr. Lang's Driver
Jim RocheTV Evangelist
James B. HowardBoxing Instructor
Bill MillerMr. Brigham
Chuck AberAgent Terry
Kenneth UttDr. Akin
Adelle LutzTV Anchor Woman
Obba BabatundeTV Anchor Man
Ron VawterPaul Krendler
Jim DratfieldSenator Martin's Aide
Rebecca Saxon2nd Reporter
Danny DarstSgt. Tate
Cynthia EttingerOfficer Jacobs
Brent HinkleyOfficer Murray
Steve WyattAirport Flirt
Alex ColemanSgt. Pembry
Andre B. BlakeTall Memphis Cop
Bill Dalzell IIIDistraught Memphis Cop
Chris IsaakSWAT Commander
Daniel Von BargenSWAT Communicator
Tommy LaFitteSWAT Shooter
Josh BroderEMS Attendant
Buzz KilmanEMS Driver
Harry NorthrupMr. Bimmel
Lamont ArnoldFlower Delivery Man
John HallState Trooper
Frankie R. FaisonBarney
Howard ShoreComposer (Music Score)
Kristi ZeaProduction Designer
Tim GalvinArt Director
Gary GoetzmanExecutive Producer
Karen O'HaraSet Designer
Colleen AtwoodCostume Designer
Christopher NewmanSound/Sound Designer
Tom FleischmanSound/Sound Designer
Psychological Thriller,Police Detective Film
The Silence of the Lambs
Year of Release
2 Discs, Collector's Edition, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
The Silence of the Lambs [Collector's Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
This is the only Criterion Blu-Ray I have purchased. The special features go crazy in depth and the film looks as good as it possibly can, until the eventual 4K release.
When watching, choose the 2.0 audio option as opposed the the new 5.1 remaster. The 5.1 is quiet and the 2.0 is superior.
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.
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!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Got a love Hannibal Lecter
Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.
Got a love Hannibal Lecter Especially the way he says Clairese
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.
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!
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.