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  • Actors: Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates
  • Directors: Christophe Gans
  • Producers: Don Carmody, Samuel Hadida
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GHRCEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Horror set in the eerie and deserted town of Silent Hill where a young mother is desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalised for psychiatric care, Rose (Radha Mitchell) flees with her child, heading for the abandoned town in search of answers and ignoring the protests of her husband (Sean Bean). It's soon clear this place is unlike anywhere she's ever been. It's smothered by fog, inhabited by a variety of strange beings and periodically overcome by a living Darkness that literally transforms everything it touches. As Rose searches for her little girl, she begins to learn the history of the strange town and realises that her daughter is just a pawn in a larger game.

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A lot of movies can be described as "dripping with atmosphere," but in the case of Silent Hill it's literally true. Faithfully adapted from the Konami video games by French director Christophe Gans and Pulp Fiction cowriter Roger Avary (both self-confessed video game addicts), this dark and grisly horror-fest is nothing if not a triumph of cinematography and production design, consisting of a minimal and mostly incoherent plot propped up by a mysterious maze of sets that literally seep, drip, and ooze with the atmospheric evil of past misdeeds. Welcome to the abandoned and perpetually foggy ghost town of Silent Hill, where grey ash falls like snow, a devastating coal-mine fire still burns in a hellish underground, and demons of various shapes and sizes make your worst nightmares seem like a walk in the park. It's here that distressed mother Rose (played by Pitch Black heroine Radha Mitchell) has taken her daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) in hopes of discovering the source of Sharon's sleepwalking nightmares. What they find instead is a burned-out legacy of unspeakable evil, as Silent Hill's dark secrets are revealed. As opposing denizens of Silent Hill's meta-morphing underworld, Canadian actresses Alice Krige and Deborah Kara Unger seem to be the only ones who recognize this morbid mess as campy comedy; Gans (who established his visual flair with The Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Avary take it far too seriously, and the entire movie is utterly devoid of any emotional hooks or plot logic that would make us care about anything that happens. In crafting a loyal big-screen rendition of Silent Hill and its Playstation sequels, they've forgotten that movies play by a different and more demanding set of rules. As a result, they've made an impressive-looking but ultimately hollow horror film that only Silent Hill game-players can truly appreciate. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
I have never played the games but I like horror films and this one I liked. It is very atmospheric and the scenery is terrific. It is a horror movie that doesn't use cheap tricks and there is a lot of suspense. It has a intriguing story line that you feel compelled to see through.

Looking at the other reviews this seems to be the kind of movie you either hate or love. I had no problems with the acting and thought the movie was well cast. I have never played the games so I cannot compare the two but it might explain the rich if confusing storyline. I was uneasy at all times and when day turns to hell (night) I found it to be very hellish and longed for the day again.

To me this story is a keeper, but since it has such love or hate reactions I can only help you by saying that I like horror movies such as Alien, The Thing, The Others and 28 days later. I don't like Scream, Halloween or Friday the 13th. Hope it helps.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Moore VINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
Upon watching this on DVD (as I waited for the DVD release instead of watching it at the cinema with all the usual distractions an annoyances) I was immediately thrilled at how they managed to stay so faithful to the game, not exactly to the game mind you but what would be the fun in that if you played it as I have and knew exactly what was going to happen?
First off, the music! This was excellent using more or less exactly the same music used in the game, this also applied to sound effects and even the good old sound of the air raid siren that is in my view a very memorable and eerie factor in the first of the Silent Hill games.
Then the visuals, these are also superb conveying the run-down surroundings and look of the town and the strange inhabitants when the darkness comes, the creatures are excellent! Nice to see a director not go running strait for the PC when they want to achieve nice solid viuals. Although I thought Pyramid Head could have been utilised more as he looked spot on! But at the same time it's good that the creatures weren't relied on too much to entertain as Silent Hill is as much about loneliness, atmosphere and isolation as it is about strange goings on and things that rip you to shreds in the night. The fact applies is that the spirit, feel and heart of the game has been successfully captured and faithfully reproduced in a movie that can't be easy to do. And has managed in my view to be the best movie adaptation of a game to date, especially when I thought who would even attempt to make a film of a game that has remained strictly `cult' as it's not a game for everyone.
Obviously the only `flaw' (I say flaw, more like a `comparison') is that you don't get exactly the same Immersion with the games as you do with the movie but this is obvious as you don't get the same interactivity with a film. Maybe a longer version might help this and draw you in more, I for one could have happily sat through more.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dante the Igniscient VINE VOICE on 12 May 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Because Silent Hill was a movie adaptation of a video game series many critics thought it lacked integrity. But for fans of psychological horror and the macabre it succeeded in giving movie-goers an experience they were unlikely to forget. The storyline is very simple. Rose loses her adopted daughter in the town of Silent Hill and tries to find her. What happens next is a struggle for survival against supernatural creatures and the insane human inhabitants. As a big fan of the Silent Hill 2 videogame it was great to see such an impressive depiction of the town and its monsters on screen. Radha Mitchell (Rose) does her best to look terrified and distressed (she succeeds). And its great to see the Bean Machine in another movie role.

The obvious benefit of Blu-ray over dvd is the higher defintion. Because many scenes in Silent Hill were set in dark locations it was difficult to make out the finer details on the dvd version. This is not a problem on Blu-ray. Put simply, it is easier to see what is going on. Pyramid Head is more impressive and now the viewer can easily see the hideous little faces on the Creepers. Extras include making of documentaries, UK TV spots, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

I thought Christophe Gans did an excellent job of translating the mythology of the Silent Hill videogames to the big-screen. Silent Hill on Blu-ray is highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By crazykat on 4 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Where to start! I don't particuarly know what i would definitely rate this. I rated it 4 stars on here 'because' i didn't find it boring neither great. This film has the perfect surroundings/sound effects to make it a real thriller. However i feel there was something lacking (though can't think 'what' it is). Maybe the pacing wasn't quite as good as i thought it would be. Also the creatures that lurched out weren't greatly seen most of the time because it somehow wasn't locatated greatly where they occured. This isn't the main fault to the movie though. I think a lot would enjoy this because of the 'creepy' style atmosphere which most want! Yet theres still something not quite as expected, which most of you that have seen this, would probably notice.

3 and a half stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jsteph on 28 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
I'd never heard of the game on which this is based, so was expecting a train-wreck of a film. I was pleasantly surprised by this gorgeously-shot and mostly well-acted horror story, which uses CGI graphics to impressive effect.

At one point in the 'making-of' featurettes included on this disc, star Radha Mitchell points to a key reason why this film is good: that while many horror directors take a 'less is more' approach and keep the monsters in the shadows, 'Silent Hill' has them out in the open. Though CGI of course ages, the monsters in this film really are beautifully created, and constantly draw the eye to their appearance and movements.

I was also intrigued by the prospect of seeing such an international picture. Based on a Japanese game, directed and produced by Frenchmen, written by an American, and featuring American, Australian, South African and British stars filming in Canada, it's surprising that it holds together so well. Alice Krige in particular plays a great role, and Mitchell is superb throughout. A pity, though, that Sean Bean's scenes are superfluous and that his Sheffield, England accent is barely disguised - couldn't they just have featured a Yorkshireman?

Sadly, the plot is a little confusing and few specific scenes stay rooted in the mind, though some moments of brutality do stick out - you're left more with a general impression of the scenery, despite the great performances and amazing attention to detail throughout. Style over substance, but if this is style, who cares?
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