I have viewed this blu-ray once before. When I first saw it, I was taken, or maybe alarmed is a better word, at the sounds that I was hearing through the surround speakers. Playing it again this evening, another person commented on it without me saying a word. There is no doubt that the sound is the aspect that is most improved by the Blu-Ray process; but so is the playback quality of the photographic images! At some places it almost looks as if you could just crawl through the telly and just appear on the scene. This is especially true of the outdoor scenes. The image when Clarice goes to Fredrica Bimmel house, when she speak to the father in the yard, there is so much depth of field it is almost dizzying. Of course, I am not saying that anyone would actually want to crawl into this world of methodical murder and bleak and bleeding woe--but it still looks like you could if you were so inclined. Another aspect of this blu-ray is that details like the stitching on Clarice's gun holster or what color tie famed director and producer Roger Corman's character as FBI Director is wearing in framed and walled photographs, are right in your face; you don't need to squint even a little bit!
This comes as part of another Blu-Ray set. This is BY FAR the absolute best buy of the day!! It is the "Hannibal Collection," which includes this, Hannibal and director Michael Mann's Manhunter with William Peterson. People complain that this set does not include Red Dragon and Young Hannibal, but those were released by another production company. And hey, the retail price is $29.98 and sells on Amazon for a great price of $19.45! I mean, with that you get a movie that is one of the only horror films ever to take top honor at the Oscars. Not that I'm saying that is any kind of indication of how good a horror film really is, just that some companies like to think that they can command a superior price for an inferior (even somewhat) horror flick. To my way of thinking Bran Stoker's Dracula has nothing on this film.
I saw this in the theater, and I honestly don't remember it looking this good even then.