The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal - 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 95 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Deborah Kara Under, Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm MacDowell
Written & Directed by: Michael J. Bassett
Music by: Jeff Danna
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 12, 2012
Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father (Bean) 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 deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.
Return to a place of insanity and blood-curdling chills in this shocking sequel to one of the most surreal and gruesome horror films ever created. Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) have always tried to stay one step ahead of the malevolent forces intent on their destruction. But on the eve of her 18th birthday, a dangerous revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in a nightmarish landscape forever.
Based on the popular video game series, Silent Hill: Revelation, is written and directed by Michael J. Bassett and is the follow-up to 2006’s film “Silent Hill” also based on the video game. Intended to be a mind bending psychological trip to the horrors that await those brave enough to enter Silent Hill, Silent Hill: Revelation is somewhat anemic in the effectiveness of its ability to elicit hair raising chills. Picking up after the events in the original film the paper thin plot revolves around Sharon (now a teen) and her father spending life on the run attempting to stay one step ahead of the “Order” who wants nothing more than to lure Sharon back to the nightmarish Silent Hill in order to fulfill her destiny. Of course one thing leads to another and she finds herself back in familiar surroundings facing the darkness, all that entails, as well as her dark alter self, the demonic Alessa.
Unlike the original film, which combined a fairly cohesive story and decent character design with the bizarre, alternate horror of Silent Hill, Revelation</> takes us on an uninspired return via a rehashed concept, bland characters and indistinct direction. I will say that as with the first I find the atmosphere/visuals effectively underscore the film’s thematic context. The young actors playing the leads didn’t have much depth which wasn’t helped by the fact that they had zero chemistry onscreen. I couldn’t help but wonder aloud as I saw Carrie-Anne Moss and Malcolm MacDowell portray the frivolously drawn characters of Claudia and Leonard Wolf.
At the end of the day Silent Hill: Revelation is pretty forgettable and fails to live up to its predecessor.
The rating is for violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Silent Hill: Revelation comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 33 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.
This film utilizes a dark and cooler chromatic aesthetic style that doesn’t lend itself to overly vibrant colors and high gloss video quality. There are instances where brighter elements/deeper color extension are utilized and the contrast allows them to pop visually. Otherwise onscreen images predominantly lean toward darker color schemes, and grittier textures that provide the look that the filmmakers use to drive the story’s components. This is done to good effect. Shadow delineation is quite good and revealing of subtle details within dark backgrounds and low lighting which enhances visual depth. Stable contrast and rich blacks allow scenes containing mixed content to appear gradationally satisfying with crisp whites and dark dynamic highlights. Resolution is discerning as images are characterized by intricate and definitively rendered detail that gives the video appreciable dimension and delineated texture. This is the case in all but a few instances where definition softens and doesn’t retain the same level of lucidity.
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack for Silent House: Revelation is an active one that makes perpetual use of the entire system platform. Dialogue has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is excellent which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. This is an aggressive surround mix that employ’s the subwoofer and rear channels in order to better draw you into the story’s components. This creates an opulent sound field that replicates the film’s various interior/exterior environments while integrating with on the onscreen elements. Low frequency effects have substantial weight and presence that occasionally fill the room with deep, punctuated bass that rumbles with authority. There were times where I found the surround mix to be a bit to busy almost distractingly so but I will admit that I found it to be pretty entertaining.
- (HD) A look inside Silent Hill: Revelation – 3 minute featurette
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
- My Scenes bookmark feature
- D-Box Motion Code enabled
- Bonus DVD
- Digital Copy
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
Based on the popular video game series Silent Hill: Revelation is the follow-up to 2006’s Silent Hill, and is an uninspired sequel that suffers from a pallid script, ineffectual scares and poorly focused direction. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment sporting a strong technical package coupled with an abysmal supplemental offering that consists of a single promotional featurette that won’t even wet the appetite of those that enjoyed the movie. If you’re already a fan or are curious I suppose this is worth considering (beginning with a rental) especially in light of its excellent presentation on Blu-ray. Otherwise I would say that it’s a pass.
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