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The Silence of the Lambs [Blu-ray]

Jodie Foster , Anthony Hopkins , Jonathan Demme    Blu-ray
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Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains 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

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A psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill is murdering women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling (Foster) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer's actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she'll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own hidden demons, but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless masterpiece Oct. 18 2003
By William
SOTL is as brilliant today as it was back in 1991. Look inside the mind of a serial killer, with non-stop suspense - and you have one hell of a film. Too frightening to watch on your own, this film boasts not only a well structured script, but fine performances all round.
Jodie Foster stars as Agent Starling who "consults" with Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) to work out the identity of a serial killer. This is Jodie's finest film, and one which you will return to time and time again.
DVD SUMMARY: Released now for the third time on DVD, after two attempts, which featured non-anamorphic transfers. The latest edition features a 5.1 remix and a beautiful anamorphic transfer. Missing however is the famed audio commentary from Foster which was one of the earlier DVD's. Oneday we will get a DELUXE version hopefully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, contemporary horror film indeed!! April 26 2004
By A Customer
I just bought the Widescreen Special Editon a month ago and I thought it was great! Anthony Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter like no one else!! Many people agree on this, too. He really killed the role.
The special features were good, too. It has a well-produced making-of documentary.(60 min) And 21 deleted scenes and more!
Too bad that it didn't have commentaries. It did have the commentaries in another edition of this movie.
Anyway...Buy this DVD!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best July 5 2004
Roger Ebert said, "I t has been a good long while since I have felt the presence of Evil so manifestly demonstrated as in the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs", and it is exactly that manifestation of evil caused The Silence of Lambs to leave such an indelible mark on moviegoers. Hopkins performance surely rates as one of the best performances, male or female, in Hollywood history.
Credit also goes, in enormous quantities, to Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster. To Demme because he realized that the horror of this film was psychological, and to Foster because her perfectly played naiveté to Lecter's arrogant worldliness created the canvas on which the film resonates.
Too many thrillers and wanna-be thrillers fall into the least common denominator - trite scare tactics. Here, there was nothing trite. The images were clear, original, and gripping.
I've seen this film half a dozen times (there are very few films that I've watched more than twice), and every time my mind brings up the scene that Ebert is referring to - in Chilton's psychiatric ward - my mind's eye sees Lecter wearing orange. This is Demme's brilliance. He has done such a terrific job of creating Lecter as a devil, that when I think of him, I clothe him in colors of fire. In reality, he wears blue in that scene.
In a later scene, the scene that names the book and film, Lecter is imprisoned in a tall cage in the center of a wide open room, and Foster sneaks in to visit him, hoping to garner more clues to the murder she's investigating (it's easy to forget while watching this film that there is something going on other than the relationship between Lecter and Starling, like the other serial murderer in the film, the one that is actively killing people).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most original horror films June 18 2004
Jonathan Demme's "Silence of the Lambs" starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster is by far one of the best directed horror films since the Hitchcock ones. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, this tells the story of a FBI trainee, Clarice Starling who works with Dr. Hannibal Lector to understand the mind of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, who has been killing a series of people in the midwest. Dr. Lector, a reknowned psychiatrist is in prison for killing and eating his patients. The movie swept the top five oscars in 1991 and rightly so. The quality of the acting, direction, screenplay, music and photography are unmatched by any movie of this kind.
Jonathan Demme is a director who knows his genres and if ones looks at the movie carefully, he takes us through a large part of US history. Right from the time when Starling goes to the "Yourself" storage facility, she sees the old keyboard, a dressmaker's dummy and an eagle to remind us of the old south during the civil war to the part where she goes to the killer's home and sees the butterfly reminding us of Vietnam, he shows that the killer is connected with all aspects of the US history. Every place one goes, one sees a flag tucked away and a helmet to remind us of the killer's past.
The interaction between Starling and Lector are among the best, right from the beginning they hit off a relationship of uneasy trust. This helps her track the killer down. Though Lector is incarcerated in a high security prison, he is a man of class and spends his time painting pictures of Florence. He does his best to get away from Dr. Chilton, the administrator of the facility. When the whole thing fails, he manages to escape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gothic horror symphony June 10 2004
Dr. Lecter is a fabulous psychiatrist. But in some moment of his troubled mind, he suffered a turning point ; the taste for the human meat reveals a turning point. The line between insanity and sanity is very thin. Indeed, Dr. Lecter walks in the frontier and decides to live in this risky equilibrium state of life.
Clarice Sterling is a rookie but smart girl who wants to make the grade as FBI agent. The interviews with Dr. Lecter are indeed the highest peak in the movie.
Lecter opens his soul before his female image . There's a rapture and reciprocal admiration among them. He loves Florence , he lives into his memories , he lives in jail but his mind flies to different worlds and in many levels.
Sterling keeps for him a blended mix of suggested love-hate, and in the progress of the investigation he plays the role of spiritual father. More than a clear guidance for solving the difficuly case, the emotional lines involve , he keeps a discret distance but he's in love with Clarice, because she represents the alter ego of him.
The script goes OK , but when Dr. Lecter leaves the hospital with the Goldberg Variations as musical background ( a smart clue ) and commits murder on these two cops, he film looses force and spreads around common places. Demme holds the attention viewer thanks to a skillful handle camera , but that scene is extremely gore and makes you assume a discret distance about the great realism introduced from the first opening sequences.
When Anthony Hopkins talks with Clarice about the silence the lambs, literally breaks the veil around her intimate soul. That sequence for me it's the highest dramatic point in the film. I mean this film is a fight minds , an archetypical conflict , a chess game between two brilliant minds, egos and personalities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by sofienedouik
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
This movie was great! Anthony Hopkins was amazing in this film and the story keeps you interested from the very beginning. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shade Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I have the trilogy of them and this is number 2 wow it holds your attention all the way through
Published 4 months ago by Barb McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
one of the best movies ever made, great price and came non-damaged... i would give this movie an extra star if i could, great acting, great story and overall very enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by polka music best music
This movie was made for Blu-ray when you consider that back in 1990-1991 Orion was bankrupt ad there were no funds for a decent VHS Film transfer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ken Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon.ca screws up listing: DVD
One star or five? Five for the work itself, well reviewed elsewhere. One star for amazon.ca's listing. Amazon.com lists this item correctly as a full screen edition. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Lederman
3.0 out of 5 stars Bon film
Je crois que je m'attendais a trop de ce film car j'en ai trop entendu parler... j'ai été un peu déçu.
Published 14 months ago by martin pelletier
2.0 out of 5 stars Grand film,petit Blu-ray
Très décu par la qualité visuelle de ce Blu-ray. Ça ne rend pas hommage à ce classique du cinéma. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marc St-Arnaud
5.0 out of 5 stars silence des agneaux
quel merveilleux chef d'oeuvre de suspense , drame , et action. les acteurs fabuleux vendeur a+++ livraison a +++ merci
Published 21 months ago by koskys
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers ever made
It's rare for a film to win Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Oscars, but The Silence of the Lambs did just that. Read more
Published on March 21 2012 by Steven Aldersley
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