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directed by Julian Richards
UK 2002

 

When single mother Rachel Stewart (Emily Woof, VELVET GOLDMINE) wakes up the day after her birth, she is informed by Dr. Herd (INSPECTOR MORSE's Kevin Whately) that her baby has died. Understandably distraught, she refuses to believe this since she held the baby in her arms the night before and Herd had described him as being "perfect". As she tries to mourn her loss, she repeatedly recalls observing Herd switching the name tags on two infants the night before her child's death and believes that something more sinister is afoot. Although her friends believe she's overwrought and her doctor friend (THE KEY's Frank Finlay) finds nothing wrong with Herd's report on her child's death, Rachel pursues her own investigation and soon finds herself under threat from a sinister pursuer who turns out to be a police detective Dennis Betts (Clive Russell, THE WICKER TREE) who may already have murdered her friend (Stephanie Buttle, URBAN GHOST STORY) in her place by mistake. The only person she can seemingly trust is the hospital's janitor Daniel (Douglas Henshall, ANGELS AND INSECTS) who finds himself framed and on the run when he helps her obtain the identity of the woman who possibly has her child. Their search takes them into the world of drugs and prostitution and leads to a shocking revelation about Rachel's own past. Although the DVD cover synopsis suggests that the film is a Lifetime-esque chick movie, SILENT CRY is actually a wonderfully suspenseful British thriller with impressive performances by Woof, Henshall, and Russell, as well as consistently slick cinematography by Tony Imi (LIGHTHOUSE). The film doesn't drag out the ambiguity of whether Rachel might be delusional, and launches the viewer straight into a chase scenario that takes some some intriguing turns that shed more light on the reach of Betts' corruption as well as his own surprising motivations. QUEER AS FOLK's Craig Kelly and EASTENDERS's Tilly Vosburgh also star.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 20 August 2002 (USA)

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DVD Review: Jinga Films - Region 0 - NTSC

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Jinga Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:26:06
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Jinga Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:47)
• Trailers for ‘The Last Horror Movie’, ‘Summer Scars’, ‘Shiver’, ‘Darklands’, and ‘Savages Crossing’

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Jinga Films' single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer is attractive but shows its age in a faint degree of edge enhancement and some aliasing of fine patterns. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack is at its most aggressive when it comes to gunshots, squealing tires, and the music track (if you've got an aversion to The Cranberries, turn down the volume during the last scene), but the sound mix also contains some more subtle atmosphere. The only extras are a trailer and trailers for other releases (including director Julian Richard's SHIVER and a French one for DARKLANDS).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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