One of the most acclaimed thrillers of the 1990s has been given yet another release on DVD. This edition of The Silence of the Lambs has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (a letterboxed widescreen version is also available). The original English-language soundtrack has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a dubbed French-language track appears in Dolby Digital Surround, and another track dubbed in Spanish is in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles in English, French, and Spanish are also included. As a bonus, this release also features the film's original theatrical trailer, as well as previews for other MGM Home Entertainment releases.
great movie, great actors, original suspense and a good ending
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
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 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.