Kino Lorber released The Silence of the Lambs (1991) on 4K Blu-ray to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of this classic psychological thriller. This new transfer includes HDR Dolby Vision and a 5.1 surround audio presentation along with a handful of archived bonus content. The only new bonus feature is the running commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas which replaces the cast and crew commentary that was previously found on the Criterion release.
Packaging for the new Silence of the Lambs 4K release is tasteful with a stylized image of stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins on the front. The slipcover always gives the owner a nice sense of protection but in this case, almost feels like you are opening up secret FBI documents when you slide the disc out to place into your machine.
The image qualify is superb with this new transfer and will be a treat to watch for both new and old fans of the movie. My only complaint was that I would have liked to have seen the exteriors at the beginning of the film a little more bright and highlighted with colors to help contrast the second half of the movie when things take a very dark and twisted turn. Forget not, that this movie didn’t have a huge budget as the franchise was still in its infancy. The film stock and lighting while industry-standard won’t have the same crispness as other films that received the complete Hollywood treatment.
Silence of the Lambs 4K Blu-ray Review Final Thoughts:
The new Silence of the Lambs 4K release from Kino Lorber is worth checking out – I don’t have the Criterion version on hand to directly compare but the last time I watched it was on HD streaming and this version gives the movie a nice grander scale with few blemishes on the final result.