Silence of the Lambs (Blu-ray)

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on 6/4/2012

This movie is one of the best psychological horror/crime movies ever made. The creation of the Hannibal Lecter character is something to behold. Jodie Foster is also brilliant as Clarice Starling, a young field agent tasked with finding out how to get in the mind of a serial killer. Read More

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Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins deliver sensational, Oscar-winning performances in this "shockingly powerful thriller" (New York). "Stunning" (Los Angeles Times) and "spellbinding" (The Hollywood Reporter), this terrifying masterpiece garnered five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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!

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203922149
UPC 027616071514
UPC 14 00027616071514
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/8/2015
Rating UR
Keywords
Blockbuster
Cannibalism
Detectives
Disturbing
Essential Cinema
Killer
Murder
Psychos
Recommended
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins will likely be forever associated with their roles in this bone-chilling masterpiece, based on the novel by Thomas Harris and directed by Jonathan Demme. FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Foster) is sent by her supervisor (Scott Glenn) to interview ferociously intelligent serial killer Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lechter (Hopkins) at his cell in a Maryland mental hospital. The FBI hopes Lechter can provide insight into the mind of killer-at-large, Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), whose current abductee happens to be the daughter of a senator. Intrigued by Clairice, Lechter demands information about her personal life and in exchange for clues, and the two begin to form a strangely intimate connection, with a girl's life hanging in the balance. Starling is gradually revealed as a woman struggling out of her own darkness, bound to aid the dysfunctional males around her on their own paths of transformation, liberation, and destruction. This is a film of brilliant and disturbing beauty that transcends its B-movie origins (though it does honor them with a cameo appearance by Roger Corman). Its enduring influence has led to a slew of similarly dark-toned serial killer films, and a sequel, HANNIBAL (2001).
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head."--Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn)
Quote "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."--Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins); the classic sucking sound Hopkins made after this line was ad-libbed
Quote "I do wish we could chat a little longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."--Hannibal Lecter
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Superbly crafted....THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror..." 03/07/1991 p.87-8
Sight and Sound "...A sombre masterpiece....The film creates a world drained of light, counterpointed by a sinister and unsettling score..." 06/01/1991 p.62-3
USA Today "...[A] superbly crafted, unsettling movie....Demme pumps up the tension to a deafening din..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 02/14/1991 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "LAMBS remains a great film. A groundbreaking film." -- Grade: A 02/02/2007 p.111
Los Angeles Times "...Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations..." 02/13/1991 p.F1
Premiere "Hopkins's portrayal of the world's most urbane serial killer is a wonder of both actorly invention and villainous instinct." 04/01/2004 p.70
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]till the definitive upmarket serial killer thriller, achieving the almost unprecedented feat of winning all five major Oscar categories..." 03/01/2006 p.134
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rare horror that transcends the genre and has arguably become a modern classic." 03/01/2007 p.114
Directors
Jonathan Demme
Actors
Anthony Hopkins
Jodie Foster
Cast & Crew
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Craig McKay - Editor
Gary Goetzman - Executive Producer
Howard Shore - Original Music By
Jodie Foster - Actor
Jonathan Demme - Director
Ronald M. Bozman - Producer
Scott Glenn - Actor
Tak Fujimoto - Cinematographer
Ted Levine - Actor
Ted Tally - Screenplay
Thomas Harris - Based On Novel By
Tim Galvin - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 107151
UPC 00027616071514
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Winner (1992) Oscar, Anthony Hopkins, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Jodie Foster, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Edward Saxon, et. al., Best Picture,Oscar, Jonathan Demme, Best Director,Oscar, Ted Tally, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,People's Choice, The Silence of the Lambs, Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Since its 1991 release, much has been written about The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter, Clarice Starling, and the relationship between them. Thomas Harris was so intrigued by the characters that he wrote the sequel, Hannibal, which soared into the top spot on best-seller lists countrywide as soon as it was released. The motion picture follow-up, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Hopkins and Julianne Moore (replacing Foster), is set to open on the 10th anniversary of the release of The Silence of the Lambs. If it's half as involving, it will be a success. The Silence of the Lambs may not have been the best thriller of the year, but it was the most chilling and creepy, and there's no denying that the most celebrated aspect of the film - the Clarice/Hannibal connection - could not have been accomplished with greater skill.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The popularity of Jonathan Demme's movie is likely to last as long as there is a market for being scared. Like "Nosferatu," "Psycho" and "Halloween," it illustrates that the best thrillers don't age. Fear is a universal emotion and a timeless one. But "Silence of the Lambs" is not merely a thrill show. It is also about two of the most memorable characters in movie history, Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter, and their strange, strained relationship...Hopkins' performance has much less screen time than Foster's, but made an indelible impression on audiences. His "entrance" is unforgettable...We are frightened both because of the film's clever manipulation of story and image, and for better reasons--we like Clarice, identify with her and fear for her. Just like Lecter.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hopkins,Anthony
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...unbearably intense, brilliantly acted (by Foster and Hopkins), and cannily put together...
The New York Times A Knockout! The most exciting thriller in years!
Variety A mesmerizing thriller that will grip audiences from first scene to last.

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