Silent Hill (2006) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Christophe Gans
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory
Based on the best-selling horror/action video game, Silent Hill stars Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black) 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.
My experience with Silent Hill was always just limited to some minor video game play, as I have owned the movie for years but never have watched it. Scream Factory put it out on a collector’s edition and the fact I’ve heard good things about it made me decide it was time to give it a watch. The movie is a bit dated, I’ll say that right off the bat. This was from a time when CGI could still look bad and it does look a bit shady in spots, especially in one scene where we have mutant babies made of ash chasing after our lead who is in this ghost town looking for her daughter. Outside of those few bad CGI momenents, I will say that this one offers up some creepy moments and some that really play upon the atmosphere, especially when the movie reaches Silent Hill with all the ash and such floating in the air. So the movie might be dated but it does hold up well enough to hit up the creepy factor and that goes a long way.
I also think we have a pretty solid cast and their skills help when the plot goes a little coo-coo for co-co puffs in the final act. While I’m not sure I’d call Silent Hill a classic, it does stand out as a pretty solid movie from a time when there were tons of movies in the horror genre hitting the shelves. It also has a place as one of the more solid movies based off of a video game. I’ll put it this way, I liked it enough to go and buy the sequel after having watched this. This release comes with two discs and one disc is full of extras. You get a lot of new stuff and you get a brand new audio commentary that is a fun listen, so you do get enough to justify this re-buy if you already own the original Blu-ray. I also wouldn’t mind if they went and did the second one in a release like this either.
– HD Master Approved By Director Christophe Gans
– NEW Audio Commentary With Cinematographer Dan Laustsen
– Theatrical Trailer
– NEW Interview With Director Christophe Gans
– NEW A Tale Of Two Jodelles – An Interview With Actress Jodelle Ferland
– NEW Dance Of The Pyramid – An Interview With Actor Roberto Campanella
– NEW Interview With Makeup-Effects Artist Paul Jones
– Path Of Darkness: The Making of Silent Hill – A Six-Part Documentary
– The Making Of Silent Hill Vintage Featurette
– On Set Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
– Photo Galleries – Still Photos And Posters
Quality of Transfer: 95%