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 "Silent Hill Revelation" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Heather Mason and her father are on the run from the dark forces of an evil cult.  They arrive in a new town and get exactly one day of peace before the mayhem begins.  Heather has trouble separating her violent dreams from reality and she sees horror wherever she goes.  When her father is kidnapped by the cult, she knows she must go to the town of Silent Hill to rescue him and end their suffering once and for all.  Reading through her father’s notes, she discovers she is the key to an evil ritual; one that will summon a powerful demon with her as its vessel.  The final battle in Silent Hill is epic and its outcome will decide not only her fate, but humankind’s as well.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2012, Rated R, 1 Hr 35 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean
  • Directed by Michael J. Bassett
Rating
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  • Violence: Extreme
  • Sex: Brief nudity
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This is a pretty typical video-game-turned-movie product.  The story is razor-thin but it’s much more about the imagery.  If you’re looking for an interesting plot and fascinating characters, you won’t find them in Silent Hill.  If you’re a fan of monsters, gory special effects and creepy environments, then this is your film.  The sets present a whole new level of dirt and grime.  Not only did watching this movie compel me to take a shower, I also had an overwhelming desire to clean my house from top to bottom.  And the creature effects!  Kudos to the makeup and CGI artists.  Rarely have I seen such a creative effort in an otherwise B-horror flick.  Production design gets an A+.  The script and the actors get an F.

Technical

The image quality was disappointing.  Contrast varied from scene to scene quite noticeably.  Sometimes it was nice and deep with good blacks and excellent depth and pop.  At other times, it was washed out and flat as if a gray haze had been thrown over the picture.  And the color palette varied greatly as well.  An effort was certainly made to create a mood with color but I found it disjointed.  One moment it would be cool, the next it would be warm, even within the same sequence.  Detail was decently rendered but a bit soft at times.

The audio is by far the best thing about this Blu-ray.  The sound design is simply stunning.  There are lots of “boo” moments that are preceded by the loudest silence you can imagine.  Subtle ambient sounds are used to great effect.  Even though the movie isn’t very good, the sound will draw you in.  Your surrounds and sub will get maximum use with this title.  The sound field is incredibly immersive and the action literally does take place all around you.

Extras

The only bonus included is a three-minute promo and the theatrical trailer.