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Silence of the Lambs - The Hannibal Lecter Collection - Blu-Ray Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 October 2009
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Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Written by: Ted Tally
Produced by: Ron Bozman, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt
Cinematography by: Tak Fujimoto
Editing by: Craig McKay
Music by: Howard Shore
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Ted Levine
Year: 1991
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 118 minutes

Studio: MGM Fox www.foxbluray.com

Hannibal Lecter’s initial cinematic appearance was in Michael Mann’s 1986 film Manhunter based on Thomas Harris’s novel Red Dragon.  Silence of the Lambs however, was the film to turn Hannibal Lecter into a cannibal killer movie villain icon and made Anthony Hopkins one of the creepiest actors in movie history.  Ranking number 24 on IMDb’s Top 250, Silence of the Lambs now gets the hi-def treatment as part of The Hannibal Lecter Collection from MGM.

Head Agent, Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) elects promising FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to interview psychiatrist turned cannibalistic murderer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).  His hopes are that Lecter will inevitably assist in their current perplexing case of chunky women turning up dead at the hands of the latest serial killer, labeled Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine).   Now Starling must get inside the mind of a madman -- much like former agent Will Graham (Manhunter, Red Dragon) -- following the clues, in order prevent Buffalo Bill from producing another murder victim.

Manhunter briefly touched on Hannibal the Cannibal’s potential for being a brilliant movie villain, by merely talking about his actions.  Silence of the Lambs shows us why he’s a brilliant villain with Lecter’s cunning, intelligence and viciousness.  Anthony Hopkins, along with writer Thomas Harris, rockets the character to the forefront of movie villain greatness.  Simply looking at Hopkins’ eyes, we are looking at the eyes of violent murderer Hannibal Lecter.  Hopkins encompasses the role completely, and unfortunately for Brian Cox, obliterates his performance of Lecter (Lecktor) in Manhunter completely.  If you’re still unsure as to Lecter’s brutal merits and his cultural status, then watch aghast at the suspense building scene when Lecter bites a piece of a guard’s face off when the unsuspecting guard brings him a meal.  It’s vicious stuff.

Jody Foster’s chemistry with Anthony Hopkins is arresting, in a non-relationship sort of way.  Their rapport is sprinkled with sexual tension, partly due to the power Lecter evokes, and also by his discreet affinity for Starling.  It goes without saying that they work incredibly well onscreen together, and it would be difficult to imagine their portrayal by any other actors.  This makes the film’s sequel, Hannibal, harder to stomach with Julianne Moore reprising the role of Clarice Starling (although she does an adequate job).

Hannibal Lecter is the obvious highlight of the film, but psycho killer Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb accomplished by Ted Levine is also a paramount performance.  The cross dressing serial killer is twisted and exquisitely deranged and leaves a mark with this character with some of the most repeated quotes of that decade.  Quotes like “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.” and “Now it places the lotion in the basket.

Silence of the Lambs is a classic thriller at its finest, and if you haven’t seen this film by now, then you’re a lost cause.  What more of a reason do you need to check this out than seeing cum flung at Jody Foster in high definition!

Silence of the Lambs is part of The Hannibal Lecter Collection released on Blu-Ray from MGM/Fox.  The film is presented 1.85:1 10:80p with a good transfer with film grain mainly occurring during the dark Buffalo Bill dungeon sequences.  The audio is presented with English 5.1 DTS HD Master audio as well as Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Thai 2.0 Dolby Digital.  This Blu-Ray release contains a bunch of supplemental features.  There are six documentaries in total.  ‘Breaking the Silence’ contains interviews that pop-up throughout the film.  It’s a sort of visual commentary.  ‘Understanding the Madness’ is an interesting 20-minute featurette that takes a look into the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI.  ‘Inside the Labyrinth: Making of the Silence of the Lambs’ is a great 66-minute making of documentary with cast and crew interviews that were shot 10-years after the film originally came out.  ‘The Silence of the Lambs: Page to Screen’, is another excellent featurette hosted by actor Peter Gallagher which takes a look at the novel turned to film and the popularity both have garnered.  It also has interviews with cast, crew and FBI agents who talk about the connection to the book and real life serial killers.  ‘Scoring the Silence of the Lambs’ takes a 16-minute look into how Howard Shore went about scoring the movie.  This section of features climaxes with the brief ‘Original 1991 “Making of” Featurette’ which clocks in at 8-minutes.  This release also contains 20-minutes of ‘Deleted Scenes’, a 2-minute ‘Outtakes Reel’, ‘Anthony Hopkins Phone Messages’, eleven ‘TV Spots’ and a teaser and theatrical trailer.
 

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BLU-RAY SPECS:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16x9 1080p
Audio: English 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Studio:
MGM FOX www.foxbluray.com

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
- Breaking the Silence
- Understanding the Madness’
- Labyrinth: Making of the
Silence of the Lambs
- The
Silence of the Lambs: Page to Screen
- Scoring the
Silence of the Lambs
- Original 1991 “Making of” Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes Reel
- Anthony Hopkins Phone Messages
- TV Spots
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer

 

 

 
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