Movie Review: SILENT HILL (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

SILENT HILL is based on the popular video game franchise by Konami. The movie was directed by Christophe Gans from a screenplay he co-wrote with Roger Avary and Nicolas Boukhrief and stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen with Alice Krige and Jodelle Ferland. The score was composed by Akira Yamaoka and Jeff Danna.

Dare to step inside the horrific town of Silent Hill, where darkness preys on every soul and Hell’s creations await around every corner. But know that once you enter… there is no turning back. Based on the best-selling horror/action video game, SILENT HILL stars Radha Mitchell as Rose, a desperate mother who takes her adopted daughter, Sharon, to the town of Silent Hill in an attempt to cure her of her ailment. After a violent car crash, Sharon disappears, and Rose begins a desperate search to get her back. She descends into the center of the twisted reality of a town’s terrible secret. Pursued by grotesquely deformed creatures and townspeople stuck in permanent purgatory, Rose begins to uncover the truth behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town 30 years earlier.  

This 2006 horror-thriller follows Rose Da Silva (Rhada Mitchell) who takes her sleepwalking daughter Alessa (Jodelle Ferland) who keeps mentioning the two of Silent Hill in her sleep. She hopes to find some answers in what should be a simple trip to a neighboring town. They find their way to the decaying town that has been closed off due to the coal fire that’s still burning underneath the surface. There’s also Cybil Bennett (Laurie Holden), a motorcycle cop who follows Rose and Alessa into Silent Hill and Christopher (Sean Bean) who’s out looking for his wife and daughter. He doesn’t have much luck and can’t get any help out of the local law enforcement led by Thomas Gucci (Kim Coates) who’s been left haunted by his own personal experience in Silent Hill.

What happens is, Rose has a wreck that knocks her out and when she awakens she sees that her daughter has gone missing. It doesn’t take long for Rose and Cybil to discover these strange and terrifying visions all around them that also serve as clues to Alessa’s whereabouts. All of this craziness is recurring and then it’s almost like the town resets itself. Rose ends up encountering Dahlia Gillespie (Deborah Kara Unger), a troubled woman who’s haunted by her past as well as Christabella (Alice Krige) who serves as the town’s twisted cult leader. As Rose gets closer to finding out where Alessa is she discovers also that there’s a connect between her daughter and this dead and decaying world they’re trapped in. Rose has to elude deadly traps and dangerous figures during her journey but she finally finds her way to Alessa and reveals the truth about Christabella and what actually happened in the nightmarish town of Silent Hill.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some classic artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. Each disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Silent Hill is an extremely underrated horror movie that’s based on a video game and we all know these kind of movies can be hit or miss – mostly miss. This one here is definitely a hit for a number of reasons. First of all, the movie has a great cast, secondly the highly detailed set designs are amazing, next is the fact that the movie features not one but two iconic horror characters with that creepy ass sexy nurse and Pyramid Head, and last but not least there’s the direction and atmospheric cinematography that goes along with it. There’s also some impressive special effects, visuals and practical, that go along with it all. Silent Hill starts out as a missing person suspense thriller that turns into a full blown horror show and it concludes as an eerie ghost story. The movie doesn’t use jumps to scare it audience but instead introduces a number of visually nightmarish figures and scenery (and that terrifying horn) that goes along with the story. It’s all about this mother and her search for her missing daughter but the small town also plays an important part in the movie because it’s the center piece of everything that goes down. Silent Hill will be available on a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set on July 9th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 125 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: There’s over three hours of bonus content that includes four new interviews with some of the cast and crew, a six-part documentary, two vintage on-set featurettes, two image galleries and the theatrical trailer.

Disc One:

  • HD master approved by director Christophe Gans
  • NEW Audio Commentary with cinematographer Dan Laustsen
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:27)

Disc Two:

  • NEW interview with director Christophe Gans
  1. The Origin of Silence (26:01)
  2. Adapting a True Work of Art (21:21)
  3. Delivering a Nightmare (24:50)
  • NEW A Tale of Two Jodelles – an interview with actress Jodelle Ferland (26:03)
  • NEW Dance of the Pyramid – an interview with actor Roberto Campanella (36:34)
  • NEW interview with makeup-effects artist Paul Jones
  1. Monster Man (30:44)
  2. Silent Hill (25:34)
  • Path of Darkness: The Making of SILENT HILL – a six-part documentary
  1. Origins (08:53)
  2. Casting (10:15)
  3. Set Design (10:25)
  4. Stars and Stunts (07:51)
  5. Creatures Unleashed (12:38)
  6. Creature Choreography (11:37)
  • On the Set Vintage Featurette (14:29)
  • Around the Film Vintage Featurette (04:39)
  • Photo Gallery (07:01)
  • Poster Gallery (03:21)
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