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Silent Hill (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Radha Mitchell , Laurie Holden , Chris Sikorowski , Christophe Gans  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (588 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates
  • Directors: Chris Sikorowski, Christophe Gans
  • Writers: Roger Avary
  • Producers: Chris Sikorowski, Akira Yamaoka, Andrew Mason, Deb LeFaive, Don Carmody
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (588 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GCFO0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Hill (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Path of Darkness": Six Silent Hill Production Diaries:
  • Part One: Origins of Silent Hill
  • Part Two: Casting the film
  • Part Three: Building Silent Hill (the town)
  • Part Four: Stars and Stunts
  • Part Five: Creature Choreography
  • Part Six: Constructing the Creepy Creatures from the film

Editorial Reviews

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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50 of 53 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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77 of 85 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
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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21 of 22 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
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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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars differs from the rest August 20, 2006
By Robert
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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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie To Date August 20, 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT product, as described. FAST shipping, very satisfied. A +++
Published 10 days ago by Stivens
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always liked this movie
I have always liked this movie. Many did not. It has what I think is a bit of a European flair to it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by David Loehmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a great watch and definantly very scary.
Published 11 days ago by Ruby Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Decide! Good Adaptation or Good Movie?
Alright, before you read the rest of this review, Decide. Do you want to buy a good movie or a good adaptation? If you want a good movie, you can stop now and but it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Dragon Slayer
4.0 out of 5 stars For Game Fans
It's fine. I liked it more because I'm a huge fan of the video games, and it's more like a treasure hunt to find where they got their inspiration from.
Published 17 days ago by Matt Voyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Had some time to kill
Was stuck in a doctor's waiting room and had some time to kill. Browsed around Amazon's Instant Video selection till I ran across this one. Read more
Published 21 days ago by K. Rowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by Amanda Ricketts
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie. The way it was portrayed and everything ...
This is a great movie. The way it was portrayed and everything that happened in the story made it awesome! The ghost town in the movie was really creative. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Chris Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars but fun anyway. Crazy about Rhada Mitchel too
Very spooky movie, with a hard plot to follow, but fun anyway. Crazy about Rhada Mitchel too.
Published 29 days ago by Frank Vollhardt
5.0 out of 5 stars but hadn't been able towatch it for years
I adore this movie, but hadn't been able to watch it for years. I ordered this, it got here right on time, perfect condition, and I got my Silent Hill fix.
Published 1 month ago by A. Cochran
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2 Disc Set, perhaps?
Yes, I read that when silent hill 2 releases next year (hopefully)they going to release a special edition of the first one.
Nov 5, 2008 by Alvaro Aguirre |  See all 3 posts
Is there going to be a Silent Hill 2 movie?
Yes Donna they going to release a second part hopefully next year, but none of the same people that work in the first one is going to be involved in the second one.They said that at the time of the release of the second movie there is going to be a 2-disc special edition of the first... Read More
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