The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Criterion Collection
Based on the 1988 best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs is a terrifying and convincing psychological thriller of the highest order. In a riveting performance which surpasses her Academy Award-winning one in The Accused, Jody Foster plays Clarice Starling, an ambitious FBI recruit who is enlisted by her mentor in the agency to join the search for a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. This sociopath shoots his female victims and then skins them; his latest hostage is a U.S. senator's daughter. Clarice approaches this case as a woman warrior. To find out more about the habits of this madman, Clarice goes to a mental asylum to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, an insane psychiatrist who carved up nine people and feasted on portions of their flesh. In one of the most chilling and macabre scenes in the film, Lecter convinces Clarice to reveal painful childhood memories in exchange for clues about Buffalo Bill.
Jody Foster's sterling performance is matched by Anthony Hopkins's chilling performance as Lecter. It is one of the scariest and most sinister portraits of evil incarnate ever put on celluloid. The mad psychiatrist is an amoral monster.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald
Country: USA
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

2xBD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:58:47 | 46.5 Gb + 44.1 Gb + 14.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

DISC ONE

Audio Commentary - this vintage audio commentary features director Jonathan Demme, actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas. It was recorded in 1994, and initially appeared on Criterion's LD/DVD release of The Silence of the Lambs.

Deleted Scenes - presented here is a large collection of deleted scenes that were cut from The Silence of the Lambs. The footage is sourced from the best available materials. In English, not subtitled. (38 min, 1080i).

Maitland McDonagh - in this brand new video program, film critic Maitland McDonagh discusses the significant presence of real serial killers in American cinema, with some specific comments about major classics such as Fritz Lang's M and While the City Sleeps and Terrence Malick's Badlands, as well as the fictional character of Dr. Lecter and the unique identity he was given by Thomas Harris, and Anthony Hopkins and Mads Mikkelsen's take on the character in The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal: The Complete Series. The program was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (18 min, 1080p).

Trailer - fully restored original trailer for The Silence of the Lambs. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).

DISC TWO

Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster - this documentary focuses on the history of The Silence of the Lambs, from its conception through its evolution and ultimately critical and commercial success. Included in it are excerpts from interviews with Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster, as well as plenty of archival production content. The documentary was directed by Laurent Bouzereau 2005. In English, not subtitled. (53 min, 1080i).

Inside the Labyrinth - this documentary, which was produced for the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Silence of the Lambs, focuses on the film's lasting appeal and image as a genre classic. Included in it are clips from various archival interviews with Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, producer Ron Bozman, Ted Levine, screenwriter Ted Tally, designer Colleen Atwood, editor Craig McKay, studio executive Mike Medavoy (Orion Pictures). and Roger Corman, among others. The documentary was directed by Jeffrey Schwartz in 2001. In English, not subtitled. (67 min, 1080i).

Page to Screen - presented here is an archival episode of the Bravo television show Page to Screen which takes a closer look at the novel by Thomas Harris that inspired The Silence of the Lambs and the film's treatment of the original material. Included in it are clips from archival interviews with screenwriter Ted Tally, book editor Richard Marek, actress Kasi Lemmons, and former FBI agent John Douglas, among others. The episode was broadcast in 2002. In English, not subtitled. (42 min, 1080i).

Scoring "The Silence" - in this archival interview, award-winning composer Howard Shore recalls how he approached the scoring of The Silence of the Lambs and discusses how the music and the character developments are actually closely intertwined. The interview was conducted in 2004. In English, not subtitled. (16 min, 1080i).

Understanding the Madness - presented here is an archival program that features interviews with retired FBI agents Richard L. Ault Jr., Roger L. Depue, James R. Fitzgerald, Robert R. "Roy" Hazelwood, R. Stephen Mardigian, and Michael R. Napier. The interviewees address the different profiling practices technique utilized by FBI crime specialists. The program was produced in 2008. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080p).

Behind the Scenes Featurette - this is a standard promotional promotional featurette with raw footage from the shooting of The Silence of the Lambs and excerpts from cast and crew interviews. In English, not subtitled. (9 min, 1080i).

Storyboards - presented here is a large collection of storyboards from The Silence of the Lambs illustrated by artist Kalina Ivanov. With music. (5 min, 1080p).

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