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Silence of the Lambs: Criterion - Worth $12.99 Used?

 
Old 04-25-03, 02:32 AM
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Silence of the Lambs: Criterion - Worth $12.99 Used?

I saw this title at GameStop today used? I thought it was OOP so decided to get it. But since it was missing the insert, I decided to return it.

Are Criterions worth having if the booklet is missing? Did Silence have a booklet?
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Old 04-25-03, 05:53 AM
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YES! you should have kept it.i've only got 9 criterions but this one of the best.the creepy menu with the butterflys flying around sound is good.plus i think the commentries are better than the mgm re-release.There is also some statments made by real-life killers that are quite disturbing.
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Old 04-25-03, 06:57 AM
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I actually own both the Criterion edition and the newer MGM version.

They have different extras on them. If I want to watch the film with commentary, it's the Criterion. If I want to watch the film, it's the MGM release with the anamorphic transfer...
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A guy who's been here two years who doesn't understand the value of an Out-Of-Print Silence Of The Lambs CRITERION?

Yeah... sure...
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There's a chance it was an eBay bootleg version. Do a search and find one of the many threads about how to tell if you have a boot. Also, waskydiver's sig has a link that might help.
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Old 04-25-03, 07:07 AM
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No, it's not worth $12.99 (to you). However, just pick it up for me and I'll pay you back.
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Depends... Is a commentary track worth $12.99 to you? That's the only benefit of the CC since, as has been pointed out, it's a non-anamorphic disc. Some folks say that they prefer the transfer on the CC so I guess it's a matter of personal perference... But, if you own a 16X9, then the MGM version is the disc that you'll be spinning...

Yes, SOTL CC came with an insert... If it doesn't have one, it may indeed be a boot. I sold my copy of this disc for $50 when the MGM version was released, so it's obviously worth more than $12.99 to some people...
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Yeah, those places don't know what they have. I recently picked up used (but in great condition) copies of The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book for $14.99 each.
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It's obviously not worth it to you--put it up on the DVD Exchange here, get something you want for it, and let someone who wants it add it to their collection. If you like the movie, though, definitely worth 13 bucks.
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One of the big indicators of bootleg is no insert. I got lucky and got this for $9.00 used a week ago. In checking eBay, even if I didn't want it, I could sell it for $40+
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If it has a picture of Anthony Hopkins on the cover instead of Jodie Foster's face it's a bootleg.
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Old 04-25-03, 03:36 PM
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Originally posted by Drexl
Yeah, those places don't know what they have. I recently picked up used (but in great condition) copies of The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book for $14.99 each.


I've taken my roomamte's DVD of Little Mermaid hostage.. I told em he'd get it back if he could find me another copy that wasn't $50..
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Count me in as finding this in the used bins, but I paid a whopping 18 dollars for mine, with inserts, in mint condition. Damn man, where you buy it? I'll keep that and sell mine for 40 bucks on the Bay.
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authenic w/ insert -YES!
Bootleg -NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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http://www.criteriondvd.com/bootlegs...ofthelambs.asp

Here's all the signs to look for on Silence of the Lambs to see if it's bootleg. Notice the VERY FIRST ONE.

BTW, thanks to waskydiver for this site. I use it all the time now.
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The MGM transfer puts the Criterion's to shame. Is the commentary MORE important to you than the much superior transfer and 5.1 track?!
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Man, I hate these stupid posts. Someone that's been a member here for 2 years doesn't post something like

"I saw the Killer: CC today at my (INSERT NAME OF USED DVD STORE HERE) for $9.99, should I get it?"

Sheesh.
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Originally posted by Tarantino
Man, I hate these stupid posts. Someone that's been a member here for 2 years doesn't post something like

"I saw the Killer: CC today at my (INSERT NAME OF USED DVD STORE HERE) for $9.99, should I get it?"

Sheesh.
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One thing I donít get, why do so many love Criterion DVDs when theyíre not even anamorphic! I mean you people are supposed to be the ones who would care about that most, right? And yes I know while some are anamorphic most actually arenít!! Even Armageddon isnít anamorphic (only non-R1 versions are).
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There has always been a double standard with some Criterion fans. Yet, these same people yell at other studios who put out non-anamoprhic material. Again, I'm not referring to all Criterion fans. When Criterion puts out a non-anamorphic DVD, they always have some rationale for it. I don't get it.
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The MGM transfer puts the Criterion's to shame. Is the commentary MORE important to you than the much superior transfer and 5.1 track?!
The Criterion transfer was approved by the film's cinematographer and a lot of people --- including me --- think it better represents the tone of the film than the MGM version does. The Criterion also has the film's original soundtrack, which is as important to some people as OAR.

Not everyone has anamorphic capability yet, so for a lot of people it isn't as big a selling point as you might think.

SOTL is a rare instance where I own both versions. I paid next to nothing for the MGM version just for the extras. The commentary on the Criterion is one of the best commentaries there is, so it is very worth owning.
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Well said, Mr. Salty

Count me as one of those who still has a 4:3 TV, so non-anamorphic is not a deal-breaker. Sure, all new releases should be anamorphic but I'm happy just to have the movie.
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The MGM version was approved by the same cinematographer- and by me - and others.

Anamorphic capability is important to me - if it's not for others - that's not my problem they are losing 1/3 resolution. OAR is not important to others either. What others want is not necessarily relevant to me.

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Err... Correct me if I am wrong, wasn't TSOTL released around 1998 where anamorphic is not the norm? It is like complaining why all pre-1953 movies is not in widescreen.

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