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The Silence of the Lambs (Widescreen)

Jodie Foster , Anthony Hopkins , Jonathan Demme    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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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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 Great Film Dec 9 2007
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. Personally, I prefer the film because of its dramatic scenes as well the characters, especially the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

I agree with the reviewers here. This film is one of the best thrillers of the 20th century.
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By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a great movie to watch in the dark. "The Silence of the Lambs." Jonathan Demme's tense thriller combines excellent actors and a wonderfully adapted screenplay to make, what seems to be one of the best, if not the best, thrillers of all time.

This film has three accounts and everyone knows the story. FBI trainee Starling is assigned to glean information from incarcerated serial killer, Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) concerning the whereabouts of another serial killer on the loose, Buffalo Bill. A former patient of Lecters, he's killed and skinned several women. Starling and Lecter's interrogation sessions become a slowly spreading invasion within the background of Starling's emotionally fragile psyche. All the while Buffalo Bill has himself a new victim, and Lecter is already planning his escape.

First I will praise the film's merits. Yes it does have excellent performances. The scenes between Starling and Lecter are electrifying. They're the high-point of the whole film. And Demme does superb things with his camera. I like the way he shoots many of Clarice's scenes from her POV, like when she descends several staircases and goes through several doors at the asylum until she finally meets Dr Lecter. This movie is like no other. It combines tenses scenes with a cast like no other. Anthony Hopkins was born to be Hannibal, and why Michelle Pfeiffer was originally suggested for the role of Clarice over Jodie Foster is bizarre, but because Jodie Foster got the role, it doesn't really matter. When it comes to violence this film is very intense. There are some graphically violent scenes; however the worst violence in the film is the mental violence. Hannibal's ability to destroy someone mentally is incredibly disturbing, and the films motives are pretty full on. However this contributes to the films overall feel of horror, which is why "The Silence of the Lambs" is one of the most mentally frightening films of all time.
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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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Published 2 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 8 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 16 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 22 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 22 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
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