Silent Hill: Revelation at least compensates for being such a lousy movie with a solid technical presentation. Maxime Alexandre’s digital cinematography looks pretty impressive in this 1080p, AVC-encoded transfer. The imagery is the best thing about Revelation, so it’s a good thing it looks clear and detailed. The high definition clarity sometimes betrays the occasionally cartoonish effects, a result of the film’s considerably lower budget than the first installment.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is pretty exciting, with lots of startling, creepy effects audible in the rear channels. The LFE channel is actually amazingly active, with forceful subwoofer rumbling that manages to enhance even some rather dull stretches. I did find dialogue to be a little underwhelming at times; a little thin and trebly, and occasionally buried slightly in the mix. But overall, this is an effective audio presentation.
If you’re a Silent Hill fan looking for special features, you’re bound to be sorely disappointed. There’s one thing here and it’s barely worth mentioning: a three-minute EPK featurette. It’s basically a trailer with cast and crew interview clips edited in. Hearing Sean Bean and Malcolm McDowell trying to speak enthusiastically about this dud project is kind of a funny, at the very least. A 3D version of the Blu-ray will be released February 26, but doesn’t add any further extras.
I don’t know who Silent Hill: Revelation is for, honestly. Fans of the game series deserved far better. It’s incoherent, boring, and a general waste of resources.