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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon.ca screws up listing: DVD Feb. 8 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. In Canada, buyer beware. The aspect ratio of the DVD for which this review is written is not stated in the amazon.ca listing info at the time of this writing, which I only discovered when the disc arrived. It is full screen. If you are looking for a widescreen version avoid the DVD listing where the aspect ratio is not stated. Sadly too, amazon still has not gotten themselves together enough to only post reviews for the specific product for which they were written and this review seems to be posted on all Silence Of The Lambs versions, which I would like to see not happen. A request too: could someone write a product review specifically about the 2 DVD Special Edition and what is on it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers ever made March 21 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) is often regarded at the top villain in cinema history and he's probably the first character that springs to mind when you think about the movie. It's hard to believe that Hopkins was only on the screen for about 16 minutes.

The story begins with Agent Clarice Starling (Foster). We see her tackling an obstacle course at the FBI's Quantico training center. Her boss, Jack Crawford, (Glenn), calls her in and asks her to visit Lecter. He's in a secure cell and the warnings she receives appear excessive, but they seem justified by the end of the movie.

Lecter is intelligent, polite and eloquent. Although he's a monster capable of eating people, he has a twisted sense of honor. It's clear that he likes Starling and he rewards some of her honest revelations with help and insight into how she might track down serial killer, Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine).

It's curious that the movie is often placed in the horror genre. I watched David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo recently, and compared the two films. Both are essentially investigations into murders as the protagonists attempt to track a serial killer. Each includes a colorful character, although one is a hero and the other a villain. If Lisbeth Salander and Hannibal Lecter were more conventional characters, the two movies would lose a lot of their power. I think it's wrong to label The Silence of the Lambs as a horror movie, but I understand why that's often the case.

The movie works because we love how monstrous Lecter is and how human Starling can be. Foster's performance made Starling seem incredibly vulnerable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 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 Captivating April 26 2014
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This movie was great! Anthony Hopkins was amazing in this film and the story keeps you interested from the very beginning. The only negative aspect of this movie was Jodi Fosters accent... so annoying but as you get more into the movie you dont really notice it.

I wouldn't classify this film as "horror" in this day and age..defiantly more of a thriller. I find horror movies are now about demons, ghost, possession etc.

I would recommend this film for anyone whos looking for a good movie and is interested in crimeish movies
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5.0 out of 5 stars great April 25 2014
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I have the trilogy of them and this is number 2 wow it holds your attention all the way through
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie! April 24 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIR ANTHONY IS THE BEST WITH JODIE FOSTER Feb. 21 2014
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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. They have finally redeemed themselves with this release ad it has behind the scene extras I love these characters because they are classy. I think this is no understatement that THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was good because it stared two top notch actors and an "A" list Director
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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 13 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 19 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 19 months ago by koskys
3.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively bad
I've seen this film a number of times at different stages in life. Time has not been kind to it, nor my opinion. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2011 by Joseph K. Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise pierces the silence
The silence of the lambs is more than just a horror thriller. It is a deep insight into the minds of the insane, and while there is not much gore or actual brutal slayings as in... Read more
Published on July 24 2011 by joker
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be SILENCED by this blu-ray
This blu-ray is well worth the extra money. Clear, sharp picture with amazing sound quality (especially on surround sound). Excellent special features, too. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2009 by Shawn Saumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This award-winning 1991 film was adapted by Ted Tally from the 1988 novel by Thomas Harris. The film is a faithful adaptation of the novel, except for some minor changes. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2007 by Zadius Sky
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