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This is the first fanedit I have watched before seeing the original film. I am vaguely familiar with the Silent Hill franchise, but even though I am a horror fan, I missed this when it came out. So...seeing this edit blind, I can say I really enjoyed this film experience. It was like Fantasia, but in the horror genre. There is a lot of really weird, unexplainable stuff that goes on. This is good. It almost never happens that one can sit back and just let their draw drop. I'll have to watch my DVD of the original now; I hope I will not be disappointed.

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When the director of the original film gives praise to a fanedit and says this is how he intended the movie to be originally, then you know you did something right. I have the blu-ray and he says exactly that in an interview in the special features. For those of you who don't know the story, the director wanted the film to be something like this one here, without all the Sean Bean scenes. The studio insisted that he added a male character. Well, he did, but he made the movie pretty long on purpose in order to bluff the studio, making them tell him to cut the runtime and then he would say, well, guess what, I can only cut the Sean Bean scenes, and ultimately get what he wanted. But the studio called his bluff because they loved the "extended version" and that was it. (To be fair the director wasn't talking about Aztek's edit specifically, but Spence's, but it's the same principle)

I was a big fan of the Silent Hill game and I was also a fan of the theatrical version of the movie. It's not without its problems, but it was a pretty good video game adaptation.

Technical-wise the edit is great. I couldn't tell if any given scene was tampered with in any way and the removal of almost all the scenes were good choice. But, as another reviewer said, the ending is not that good. I found it a bit abrupt and didn't have the impact that the theatrical one had.

Otherwise, this is definitely recommended, the movie is more focused, more well paced and there is also the bonus point that this what the director originally wanted to do!

Thanks to anyone who read my review and thank you Aztek463 for your hard work!

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wow it took a whole year to get this, but it was so worth the wait.

everything is just perfect, as a huge fan of the games i was always upset with this movie, but this cut fixes most of the problems that the movie had.

this edit is the one i will always watch.

a big thank you to Aztec 463 for finally doing the game and movie justice, and giving us fans something to be proud of

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Review by MonsterCow — July 17, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

Silent Hill: Restless Dreams An Aztek643 Fanedit Review

“This film contains scenes of explicit violence and gore that may be considered disturbing and cruel.”

With that as the introduction of the DVD, Aztek makes it clear quickly that he is a fan of the original games, and may be a subtle way of him letting you know that he is going to try his best to serve you a fanedit of Silent Hill that will be closer to the games. He succeeds, whether that opening was his intention or not.

The original Silent Hill movie was written by Roger Avery (Rules of Attraction) and directed by Christopher Gans (Brotherhood of The Wolf). While being lauded as possibly the best videogame adaptation to film yet, it missed quite a few marks with the core fans of Silent Hill. Being a huge Silent Hill fan myself, I left the movie when it opened feeling satisfied and cheated at the same time. While Avery did a good job adapting the theme of Silent Hill, his dialogue felt like leftovers from Pulp Fiction (which he helped to write) and his style of character development was kind of weak. Gans’ direction was fabulous, he did an excellent job of creating the feel of Silent Hill, but ultimately Gans was under the direction of a script that really wasn’t written for his style of directing.

What Aztek has done here is nothing short of amazing. The editor completely took out the entire subplot of the main character’s (Rose) husband (Chris) looking for her in the town. With this gone, the movie becomes SO much more coherent and fluid. It’s amazing how easy this was to follow (although I’m sure it wasn’t easy on Aztek). Without the confusion of Chris adding to the subtext, the story unfolded almost in real-time, allowing the viewer to follow the main plot without having to jump back and forth in between scenes. Very well done.

The movie starts with Rose waking from a car wreck to find her daughter, Sharon, missing. Moving on to the town to find her, we watch in black-and-white flashback form of why Rose brought her to Silent Hill in the first place. In the original, this was done linearly, and with much more unnecessary dialogue and painful-to-watch scenes. The new execution is brilliant. Not only is it shorter, but it also excises the bad acting that came with the original. The whole movie is littered with nice edits here and there. The fabulously ridiculous line “Fuck you, stupid cop” is gone, along with most of the original’s bad dialogue. My only gripe is the Johnny Cash song is still there. However, it’s very forgivable because as I understand it, audio editing is a bitch, and the scene that song is in is necessary to the continuance of events.

So, not only did Aztek provide us with a film that actually feels Silent Hill-y, he also took the time to give us TWO endings! Both of which are amazing, and far, far better than the concocted original. Since both endings differ from the original, I can’t tell you exactly what they are. One ending, called ‘The Blue Ending’, was a completely original idea from the mind of Aztek in which he constructed still frames from the movie and used seperate audio to assemble an ending that any film maker would enjoy and respect. The other ending, called “The Grey Ending”, is a superior edit to the original. Outstanding work.

So my final judgment? This version is the version I will go to when I want to watch this movie again. It’s that good. Gone is the incoherence that was Sean Bean’s character and that never-aged cop. Gone is the overly ridiculous dialogue that plagued the original. In is a refreshing and faster paced Silent Hill that will appeal to fans that wanted to like this movie but couldn’t. I want to personally thank Aztek for this edit, as the way this was done couldn’t have been easy. Thank you.
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