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The Silence of the Lambs Blu-ray
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
Anthony Heald, Ted Levine
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Originally released 1991
Fox Home Video 2009

The Silence of the Lambs is one of the classic movies of the late 20th century. Anyone who likes thrillers has seen it at least a couple of times and probably has the DVD. The Silence of the Lambs Blu-ray brings little new to those who already have one of the DVD versions aside from a decent picture-in-picture commentary track with contributions from Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

Also available in the Hannibal Lecter Collection Blu-ray set with Manhunter and Hannibal. Some special features are not included.

For those too young to have seen this thriller classic when it first came out, suffice to say it won the Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay. It is also the source of the “fava beans and a nice Chianti” reference in many other horror movie spoofs.

The Silence of the Lambs is the story of FBI rookie Clarice Starling who is sent by her boss to interview serial killer and psychologist Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter. The FBI wants Lecter’s insight into a new serial killer, Buffalo Bill. Lecter uses Starling to get more comforts in his cell while Starling tries to use Lecter’s insights to prove herself.

The many, many intelligent twists and turns and Demme’s talent to keep this thriller’s tension going from beginning to end are but some reasons why this is a great movie.

The Silence of the Lambs Blu-ray high definition picture shows little difference from the DVD picture except for the night vision scene near the end of the movie. Even then the difference is minimal on my 46” Samsung LCD TrueHD (insert numerous Tim Allen grunts here).

Most frustrating is the menu set-up on this version of the movie. Because the picture-in-picture commentary version is hidden as a special feature titled “Breaking the Silence”, you will only find it by trial and error. What is annoying is this is Blu-ray which means it could have been set-up so you could toggle between the movie and the PIP version. Because of its many contributors, this commentary track is far superior to the usual ramble babble you get.