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).
I watched the original Silent Hill only once and remember not liking the theatrical cut at all--the narrative was jumbled, the acting left a lot to be desired and the direction was poor.
Aztek463 manages to completely turn this movie around with his excellent edit. He removes all the lousy dialogue and the completely unnecessary scenes with Sean Bean. Best of all, the film now has a very clear flow which totally creeped me out--because it keeps you In Silent Hill and never lets you leave. I've played the original Silent Hill game on PS in the past, and this fanedit totally evokes the mood and feel of the game, which is a great thing.
The original film constantly tried to take you OUT of the film via Sean Bean's character for some reason, but this edit fixes that. The audio and visual editing is flawless, I could not see any issues. The visual effects in the original was not the greatest, but by strengthening the overall narrative, I easily forgot this and was immersed in the story.
All in all, this IS the version Silent Hill was always meant to be--and should be the one to watch over the original. It is not often I that I say that. Kudos to Aztek463!
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.
I recently got to view this edit back-to-back with Silent Hill Homecoming (Revelations). Overall, I really liked this edit. I liked the minor music changes (at least the ones that I noticed). also like that the Chris subplot is gone. It keeps the focus on Rose and her journey. I did notice some restraint in the Pyramid Head scene outside the church which I think was tastefully done. Also, I like the new ending. It can be interpreted different ways. The only negative was a weird audio transition towards the end concerning the music and during the credits. Basically, you guys need to watch this!