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to take all of the top Os­cars, Si­lence is not so much “hor­ror” as a thriller with an aw­ful lot of flay­ing. It’s ul­ti­mately the story of one woman (Jodie Fos­ter) de­ter­mined to save the life of another woman, who has been kid­napped and awaits a grisly ex­e­cu­tion. To do that, she must look deep in­side her­self and face her own demons in or­der to gain the help she needs from a bril­liant psy­chol­o­gist/se­rial killer (An­thony Hop­kins).

Fa­vor­ing au­then­tic­ity over mod­ern flash, the 2.0 sur­round track has been re­mas­tered to main­tain the film’s eerie sound de­sign. A later 5.1-chan­nel remix is also here. The 16-bit/4k remaster blows away the old lack­lus­ter FOX/MGM disc, re­veal­ing nat­u­ral­is­tic beauty— and ug­li­ness— in the fre­quent close­ups. Dim­mer scenes can look noisy, how­ever, and the blacks can be mushy.

New ex­tras in­clude: the Cri­te­rion laserdisc com­men­tary; 2001 and 2005 doc­u­men­taries; a 2002 episode of Page to Screen; a 2004 com­poser in­ter­view; and a 2008 sit-down with the real FBI. There are also 38 min­utes of deleted scenes.

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