Silence of the Lambs, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1991) / Region A
Silence of the Lambs, The: The Criterion Collection

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Silence of the Lambs, The: The Criterion Collection

In this chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, the astonishingly versatile director Jonathan Demme crafted a taut psychological thriller about an American obsession: serial murder. As Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee who enlists the help of the infamous Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lecter to gain insight into the mind of another killer, Jodie Foster subverts classic gender dynamics and gives one of the most memorable performances of her career. As her foil, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero cultured, quick-witted, and savagely murderous delivering a harrowing portrait of humanity gone terribly wrong. A gripping police procedural and a disquieting immersion into a twisted psyche, The Silence of the Lambs swept the Academy Awards (best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress, best actor) and remains a cultural touchstone.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 24 2017
  • Production Year 1991
  • Empire SKU 1947183
  • UPC Code 715515210317
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary from 1994 Featuring Director Jonathan Demme, Actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, Screenwriter Ted Tally, and Former FBI agent John Douglas
New Interview with Critic Maitland McDonagh
Interview from 2005 with Demme and Foster
Inside the Labyrinth, a 2001 Documentary
Page to Screen, a 2002 program about the adaptation
Scoring 'The Silence,' a 2004 interview program featuring composer Howard Shore
Understanding the Madness, a 2008 program featuring interviews with retired FBI special agents
Original behind-the-scenes featurette
PLUS: A book featuring a new introduction by Foster; an essay by critic Amy Taubin; an account of the origins of the character Hannibal Lecter by author Thomas Harris; and a 1991 interview with Demme


  • Audio
    English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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