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USA suspense 1991 color 118 min.
Director: Jonathan Demme
CLV: $49.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1466L

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2 discs, catalog # CC1344L

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1 disc, catalog # CC1530D

Jonathan Demme's eclectic sensibility has led him to put his stamp on every genre from rock video to romantic comedy. For the Director Approved edition of The Silence of the Lambs, Demme gathered all the key players responsible for creating the only thriller ever to win all five top Academy Awards.

A psychopath known only as "Buffalo Bill" is responsible for the torture-slayings of several women. To uncover the killer, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) strikes up an uneasy alliance with Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a jailed killer who offers her tantalizing, terrifying insights into the twisted psychology of murder. Jonathan Demme's 1991 film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Silence of the Lambs is Criterion's first title to be mastered using the THX system for excellence in video and sound and is presented in an exclusive digital transfer in the original aspect ratio approved by cinematographer Tak Fujimoto.

Criterion's CAV/CLV special edition features:

  • Commentary by Jonathan Demme, stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and FBI agent John Douglas
  • Deleted scenes, storyboards, production stills
  • Filmographies of Demme, Foster, and Hopkins
  • FBI definitions of serial murder and profiling techniques, and more

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