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Silent Hill [Blu-ray] (2006)

Radha Mitchell , Laurie Holden , Christophe Gans  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates
  • Directors: Christophe Gans
  • Writers: Roger Avary
  • Producers: Akira Yamaoka, Andrew Mason, Deb LeFaive, Don Carmody, Nicolas Boukhrief
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TriStar Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GCFO0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Hill [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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

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Based on the best-selling horror action game, Silent Hill stars Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) 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 her desperate search to get her back. She descends into a fog of smoldering ash and into the center of the twisted reality of a town's terrible secret. Pursued by grotesquely deformed creatures and a townspeople stuck in permanent purgatory, Rose begins to uncover the truth behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town 30 years back. 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.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Hill - More Mystery Movie than Horror September 8, 2006
By Gus
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First with regard to Blu-Ray, I suspect the above reviewer was using an inferior television. The picture was sharp and superb almost to the point of distraction sometimes, but I suppose that's the point of using Blu-Ray.

As for the movie, when I saw it had Radha Mitchell (from Pitch Black) and Sean Bean I knew that this would not be a standard shocker, and I was not disappointed.

The movie throws subtle clues about what's going on to accumulate and fall together at the end for a touching and rewarding 'wow'. This movie stuck with me through the night after I watched it and put all the pieces together neatly with appreciation for the writing as well as the directing and acting.

I'm extremely pleased I waited for this movie to come out on blu-ray before I saw it, too.
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My faith in the horror genre' was waning until... August 23, 2006
By PohlSE
Format:DVD
Silent Hill is a movie based on a video game.

Still reading? Good, because you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that, unlike every other video game-based movie ever made, this is a great film! And it's a great film that fans of the game can enjoy as well as moviegoers who never heard of the game (or who have been offended by the drek that usually comes to the theaters in the guise of video game movies).

Silent Hill is a ghost town that was abandoned in the seventies because of an underground coal fire and now haunts the nightmares of a little girl. In an attempt to help her adoptive daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland), Rose (Radha Mitchell) takes her to Silent Hill and enters a nightmare-like alternate reality. Going any further into the plot would spoil the surprises in this film and the surprises are part of the fun.

The creatures that inhabit this alternate Silent Hill are very disturbing and nightmarish and they move in a very fluid way that is both familiar and strange at the same time. Seeing them in action (and, unlike most horror films, in full lighting) causes an almost immediate flight or fight reaction until the rational side of your brain remembers that it's only a movie.

Also on the plus side is the music of Silent Hill. Very creepy, very fitting, and, very good; at least half of the reason this film works so well is because the music and sound effects do so well in conveying the sense that something is moving just beyond your vision.

There is a downside to the film and it occurs almost dead center in the film. The beginning and ending of the movie is rife with psychological-based horror, and creatures dredged up from the depths of nightmares.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars differs from the rest August 20, 2006
By Robert
Format:DVD
I am a fan of the Silent Hill games.

I read nothing but negative critics about this movie and I thought it might be a bad one... until I saw it. This one is an outstanding work. The story is unique and brilliant, as well as the acting, even the smallest parts are played by very talented actors. The director took care of all the details to make a perfect and scary movie about Silent Hill. Amazing. Can't wait to get the R2 version.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the small screen to the big screen, and back November 4, 2006
By Simon
Format:DVD
Loosely based on a video game of the same name, Silent Hill is a film that most people have concluded that they either like or hate. The former tend to be a demographic that have played the original game, or games from the series (there have been 4 made thus far), I would fall into this category. The latter are your horror film fans looking for the next great flick but have no prior context of the Silent Hill lore. Though created by a Japanese video game developer, Konami, the Silent Hill series has always had a Western flavor of horror which has created a greater than cult following here in the States and gives it an innate edge as a film adaptation for Western movie-goers. And unlike its distant, but most relatable relative Resident Evil (another survival/horror game-to-movie), Silent Hill was a cinematic thriller as a game and overflowing with potential to be transitioned to theaters. Director Christophe Gans makes an admirable attmept, but Silent Hill fails to be as great as it could have been.

The movie begins with a little girl, Sharon, sleepwalking and having nightmares and the only thing her parents, Rose and Christopher, can figure out is it must have something to do with "Silent Hill" as she is heard repeating this during her spells. Okay, so what is Silent Hill? By doing a google search, Christopher, along with the viewer, learns that Silent Hill is an abandoned, haunted town in West Virginia. Not even 10 minutes later, movie time of course, Rose is already taking her daughter to this mysterious place in attempt to try to help her daughter with whatever is ailing her. While clearly making everything seem rushed and unbelievable this started the movie off on the wrong foot and the choice of sequencing was unnecessary to begin with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie To Date August 20, 2006
Format:DVD
As for the statement saying this is a highly profeminist and christian movie... that has got to be the most unitelligent comment ive ever read. Don't let nonsense like that turn you off!!

As many reviews will tell you - this movie is only fully appreciated by the Silent Hill players. I personally only played Silent Hill 4 for a few days and still loved this movie. I even went back for a second time while it was in theatres.

The entire movie's got this atmosphere to it that's haunting -but also very visually stunning and appealing. Call it.. morbid beauty. But aside from that, the acting is great, and the plot plays out with a sense of mystery that leaves you to use your head (that might turn off some people?)

One thing that I like about the Silent Hill movie is that the horror isnt based around killing or gore. Its a kindof horror that leaves you thinking "What the...?" or something along those lines. For any fans of a good, thrilling, dark, scary movie - you'll love this one!! BUY IT!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Although it's a must before the sequel I did prefer the sequel more! There are a lot of really great actors in this though!
Published 4 days ago by Jess
3.0 out of 5 stars Captures the spirit of Silent Hill, but is hurt by terrible acting and...
Although I've read that this movie was supposed to be much longer, I don't think having additional scenes would have saved how cringe-worthy this movie could be. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Wilmar Luna
1.0 out of 5 stars Satanic devil worshipper slaughterhouse "masterpiece"
Satanist devil worshippers can praise this movie all they want, but to my opinion this is the most disgusting piece of crap I saw ever in my entire life. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Wet Mars
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This is a classic horror movie! Blue ray makes it 100% better! Great movie to own with part of your collection.
Published 9 days ago by T. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to see here...move along.
Towards the beginning of this film, the main character, a mom looking for her (adopted, sleepwalking) child is in the abandoned town and is confronted by a maggot-man: an upright... Read more
Published 10 days ago by John S. Socha
5.0 out of 5 stars Another favorit that never gets old
I don't know how they came up with this story but I love this movie. It is a scary movie that makes you take side with the bad guy and help them ( that is all I am going to say)
Published 16 days ago by sahar zabeti
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie
I watch this movie in 2006. I get the same kinds of nightmares as seen in this movie. I get the same type of eerie grey feeling as I get in the theater. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Vytautas Baronas Leita
4.0 out of 5 stars My Silent Hill Review
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Published 27 days ago by POD JAWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This movie is a very strange one, but I was curious and wanted to see what it was about. I'm glad I purchased it, it was a pretty good movie.
Published 29 days ago by Kyle Rhodus
5.0 out of 5 stars good
it was good, move played good, case was good, everything was good so you get five stars for that. thank you.
Published 29 days ago by J. CARR
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I took a risk and bought it... no it does not have ANY SPECIAL FEATURES... which is pretty bogus since its one of the highlights of blurays..
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