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HOLLOW MAN [DVD | UK | Columbia TriStar | 2004 | Region: 2 LOCKED]
on 30 January 2017
[MOVIE | 2 out of 5]
Run time: 107:58 mins. PAL | Production: 2000
A BIT HOLLOW ON THE INSIDE.
Paul Verhoeven's golden years are over. They ended with his last great movie TOTAL RECALL (1990), after that came terrible films (SHOWGIRLS, STARSHIP TROOPERS) and mediocrity (HOLLOW MAN), which is a pity, since HOLLOW MAN had potential. Massive potential.
Unfortunately after a strong first half, where a lot of tension is built up, the second half falls flat on its belly and succumbs to being an average slasher film at best with cliches galore. None of the predictable horror film cliches were left out and logic was shoved aside - something very unexpected from Verhoeven.
The characters are stereoptypical, especially Kevin Bacon's character of Sebastian Caine, a genius scientists, but self-absorbed with a God complex. Kim Dickens as the animal lover vet. Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin as Bacon's partners in crime till their little secret is revealed...
The characters are not deep at all and just fill in as the stereotypes with names, acting accordingly. HOLLOW MAN is your typical "Mad Scientist" film (like RE-ANIMATOR), it plays out the same, the same things happen and there's nothing new and definitely no surprises. The entire finale is a standard horror film ending that could have been the ending for any of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films with an invisible super Jason.
Logic comes in short supply as well, especially Bacon's character - being invisible he could do literally anything, but that potential is not used. His descent into madness is handled badly, more lost potential, as the film drifts off to be a slasher rather than adding depth to the characters and a better story.
What really is good, are the special effects, which of course in 2017 look a bit dated, but in 2000 were state-of-the-art. Still this is not very much to carry the film beyond 2010, so what is left is an average at best sci-fi-horror thriller with a good start and a very poor finish.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic
- English Dolby Digital 5.1
English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish +2
- Audio commentary with director Paul Verhoeven, Kevin Bacon and Andrew Marlowe
- Audio commentary with composer Jerry Goldsmith (shared with isolated music score track)
- "Hollow Man: Anatomy of a Thriller" Featurette (15:03)
- Fleshing Out the Hollow Man: Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, Paul Verhoeven: Hollywood's Mad Scientist (6:47), The Invisibility Formula (5:02), The Muscle Man (5:23), The Human Bubble (3:14), Therman Imaging (1:22), The Smoke Guy (1:40), The Gorilla Suit (1:36), The Mask (2:07), Flaming Sebastian (2:43), Elevator Finale (3:08), Ape Reversion Storyboards with Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven (2:06), The Underground Lab (1:41), Reversion Progressions with Commentary by Digital Effects Supervisor Scott Stokdyk (0:52), Invisibility Progressions with Commentary by Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Scott E. Anderson (1:20), Digital Body Parts Montage (1:33)
- VFX Picture-in-Picture Comparisons: Cramer's Death (1:03), Sprinkler Attack (0:53), Sebastian's Demise (2:23)
- Deleted Scenes (with Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven): Was It a Dream? (1:19), Sebastian Attack (1:18), Sebastian on the Prowl (4:47)
- Teaser Trailer (1:42)
- Theatrical Trailer (1:27)
- Talent Profiles: Paul Verhoeven (2 pages), Kevin Bacon (3 pages), Elisabeth Shue (3 pages), Josh Brolin (2 pages)
- 6-Page Booklet