Based on the Silent Hill 3 video game we were very keen to check out Silent Hill: Revelations 3D on Blu-Ray. After all we are a gaming site, and Konami's franchise is one of the biggest in the industry. While the first film disappointed somewhat we still had hope that this sequel would up the ante and deliver the goods. So let's see what we've got then...
Heather Mason (played by Australia's own Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean from The Lord of the Rings) have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. On the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her to Silent Hill and deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.
It's fair to say that this film is messed up, and we mean that in several ways. First of all there are scenes and imagery here that are, well, downright freaky, bizarre, terrifying and grotesque. Creature design by Paul Jones is obviously heavily inspired by the video games, but they really look quite spectacular in the film - just wait until your see the spider-like creature carrying his own head!
Supporting her in this film are Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Trilogy), Malcolm Mcdowell (A Clockwork Orange), Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill and Kit Harington (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones). Besides Kit and Sean, each of these actors has little more then a cameo role of a few minutes which is somewhat disappointing given their star power. Then again, this is a $US20 million film with a runtime of only 87 minutes (well, 94 minutes if you include 7 minutes of credits).
It's a shame too that some of the best 3D in the film actually takes place during the credits sequence with some wonderful fly around sequences while the 3D in the film is somewhat limited by the dark, claustrophobic nature of many of the films sequences. Still, you'll find some moments when things jump out at you or the extra depth just adds that little extra to some scenes.
As far as I can tell the American release of Silent Hill: Revelation, on Blu-Ray is pretty devoid of extras so it's nice to see us getting a decent showing on our disc. Here we go...
Audio Commentary: This audio commentary is a solo effort with writer and director Michael J Bassett and it's not a bad effort although he does, at times, flounder a little bit by describing the scenes. Fortunately he does also go into considerable detail about the films production including using the RED cameras and filming in 3D, working with the actors, creature design, editing the film (and indeed there's mention that perhaps the film was cut a little too much), and ensuring continuity with the previous film and video games. Interestingly this audio commentary was recorded after the films release he talks about the poor critical reception it received and how he may have changed things if he had his time over.
Deleted and Extended Scenes (11:44/HD): Here we have a series of nine, well, deleted and extended scenes some of which could have been added back into the film to add a little more depth.
Video Introduction by Director Michael J Bassett (0:48/HD): Pretty much a pointless extra with the director introducing the disc, which, unless we're mental, didn't play when the disc loaded so what's the point.
The Darkness Revealed - Making of Silent Hill Revelation (46:10/HD): This is a pretty decent "Making of" documentary which looks at the creation of the film, to the casting, filming and post production. Sure we've seen better elsewhere, but this was surprisingly deep and definitely worth a look - hell, this held my interest better than the feature film itself.
A Look Inside Silent Hill Revelation 3D (3:04/HD): An EPK styled promo featurette for the film.
Review By: Dave Warner