to enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Today, Criterion has added The Silence of the Lambs to their library. With the honor comes a brand new 4k transfer of the film. Obviously, this movie is well known and considered a classic, but I wanted to watch it again to see if it holds up from what I remember. So, I pulled out my lowly, regular-k Blu-ray, cried a little, and popped it in.
This wasn’t the first time that the world was introduced to Hannibal Lector on screen, but nobody really remembers Manhunter, do they? Editor’s Note: Manhunter is actually pretty decent. This was the film that placed him permanently into our hearts and nightmares, though. There
is nothing to say about Anthony Hopkins‘ performance that hasn’t already been said a bazillion times.
He is menacing as hell. And a very quotable menace at that.
This kicks off one of the most bizarre love stories in cinematic history. Hannibal and Clarice – I’d like to see their astrological charts. Jonathan Demme’s, though I am not a real big fan of the man’s work, directorial chops shine, while Jodie Foster‘s Clarice Starling will forever be the role she is known for.
The death’s head moth, Buffalo Bill, basket of lotion, head in a jar, skin suit, restraining mask, and semen in the face are all moments in film time that won’t ever be forgotten. I am actually relatively surprised that it took Criterion this long to pick it. There are few thrillers with more notoriety.
I am also a fan of Hannibal and Red Dragon, but The Silence of the Lambs is really all you need.
You can this edition in the stores today, or just click the link below and get it cheaper from Amazon. The packaging looks wonderful, and the more I look at it, the more I realize I need to upgrade.