Silent Hill: Restless Dreams

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Silent Hill: Restless Dreams
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Tagline:
There is no running from the past.
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Original Release Date:
2006
Original Running Time:
125
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
99
Time Cut:
26
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Brief Synopsis:
While I greatly enjoyed the original Silent Hill when I first watched it, I, like many others, wasn't that big of a fan with the Sean Bean scenes. Not that he gave a bad performance (in my opinion), but the heart of the story was with Rose and her struggle, and the real world scenes not only slowed the story down, but created a number of "safe spots" where the viewer could catch their breath. Not so any more!
Intention:
I wanted to create a leaner and more intense version of Silent Hill, and in that regard (going to toot my own horn a bit) I think I was a success. The story now proceeds at a brisker (but not rushed) pace.
Additional Notes:
This fanedit was originally released in July 2010 and later had a version 2 with some minor changes. In August 2013 a third and final version was released in HD - see change list for original modifications plus new changes.
Release Information:
  • Blu-Ray
  • Digital
Special Features
None at this time.
Cuts and Additions:
ORIGINAL CUT LIST:
- New opening: Studio logos, title, open on Rose waking up in her car.
- All scenes with Christopher removed throughout the film.
- Removed Rose saying “ashes” when she realizes the snow isn’t actually snow.
- Added a flashback after Rose is attacked by the grey children in the alley: Rose and Sharon in the field, Rose at the gas station, driving up to Silent Hill/getting pulled over and crashing. Numerous cuts throughout, changed to black and white.
- Removed Rose saying “Fuck you, you stupid cop” when she and Cybil discover the drop off in the road.
- Removed a shot of Cybil raising her gun (she does so twice).
- Removed Cybil yelling “Stay where you are! Stop!” at the lying figure/armless man.
- Removed brief flash of students harassing Alessa then Rose finds her desk.
- Removed shot of Colin the janitor in the washroom when Rose is running down the stairs.
- Removed Cybil asking “Do you hear that?” when Pyramid Head is approaching her and Rose’s hiding spot.
- Removed “They used to say this place was haunted” exchange while Rose and Cybil are walking to the hotel.
- Removed Rose saying “We have to go to room 111.”
- Shortened hallway search, Anna’s line still intact, Rose’s is not.
- Removed Rose’s “I love my daughter” when Christabella asks her if she is a person of faith.
- Moved shot of Christabella watching Rose and Cybil to the middle of their “Mother is God” chat.
- Removed Cybil clarifying that an “innocent” is a child.
- Removed Cybil telling Rose that Christabella is “killing” her.
- Removed Christabella’s extra “it will.”
- Removed Cybil getting beaten by the miners.
- Plot dump: Removed Christabella’s “You’re weak my dear sister.”
- Plot dump: Removed Christabella’s “We fight the sin not the sinner.”
- Plot dump: Removed the extra shot of Gucci burning his hands. His character is not in this cut, so this shot is not important.
- Removed flash of Dark Alessa leaving Sharon at the orphanage.
- Removed Dark Alessa clarifying that “satisfaction” means “revenge.”

Endings:
- Grey ending: ends much the same way that the film does. Rose wakes up in the church, takes Sharon with her. Cut her phone call to Chris, and fade to black after she drives by the gas station. This ending is recommended for those who have not played the original Silent Hill.
- Blue ending: Using a number of still frames from the film (color corrected to be darker and more blue) we see that Rose and Sharon actually died when the car crashed. Open to interpretation, of course. This ending is recommended for those who have played the original Silent Hill, and especially those who received the "bad" mean REALLY “bad” ending.

Credits:
- New end credits sequence constructed to replace the first section of the credits in the original version. This sequence was originally going to be the opening credits, but was moved here to keep the opening of the film more mysterious. There is also a slight variation in the very start of thecredits between the “grey” and “blue” endings.

ADDITIONAL CUT LIST FOR HD VERSION:
- The story now proceeds chronologically - the flashback that was included in B/W now takes place at the beginning of the film.
- Title moved to the end.
- Color tinting added to fog world and otherworld scenes (blue and red respectfully).
- The audience is no longer spoonfed information about Alessa: all voice-over from the info dump at the end has been removed. The images speak for themselves, and how.
- New end credits music.

In addition, almost every single edit from the original has been tightened up to create a better flow.
Cover art by Aztek463 (DOWNLOAD HD COVER ART HERE)
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Cover art by Aztek463 (DOWNLOAD ORIGINAL COVER ART HERE)
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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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I saw this edit a few years ago, so I can't speak to any newer version. Nevertheless, this is a simply *outstanding* edit that greatly enhances the film.

As a fan of the franchise since the original playstation game, I felt that Silent Hill was a mixed bag. The visuals and sound design were excellent, and it often stayed true to the spirit of the games, but wherever it deviated, it did so clumsily. In the end, it felt like a b-movie that mostly failed to fully translate the brilliance of the source material.

Aztek's edit goes a long way in rectifying this, not only making it a better film, but a better representation of the Silent Hill universe. The edits appeared seamless to me, tightening up the pace and strengthening the central experience while trimming needless (corny) dialogue. For me, this edit is the definitive version of this film and the best way to experience it, whether you're a newcomer or someone who wants to rewatch with a fresh perspective.

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Mostly really solid. I'm more familiar with SH2 but regardless this edit tells a pretty simple but effective story. I think it adds more Yamaoka score but I could be wrong. Only real issue with the edit is one kinda jarring cut to Cybil looking at a hotel key and saying "a hotel". Also the flashback stuff is a bit jarring but yeah it's still well done. The quality is a bit compressed, there's some audio peaking and the video is fuzzy but it's not a dealbreaker. Overall this is a great edit and was even enjoyed by someone I showed it to who'd never played the games, so mission accomplished.

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I liked the original film and like this edit enough to write it up in detail here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/silent-hill/

Main points from that full review are:
-the film of course works so much better without the Bean-scenes. However, the beginning/ending bookends with him go nowhere with the current ending. The theatrical ending actually has impact, makes sense, and would justify his two scenes being included, so that's a real loss.
-the film overall could use a bit of brightening up in some scenes...I wish the faneditor had been able to do that
-WAY too much exposition all at the end...literally like 15 minutes of explaining, explaining. At least the flashback scenes (which there is now smartly no voiceover with) could be moved. I suggest how in the full review above.

Overall, a great improvement on the original release, and it replaces it for me. I can't consider it definitive without that ending though, so I'm waiting for a version 4 (fingers crossed).

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