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Hollow Man: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Paul Verhoeven's re-working of 'The Invisible Man'. Having created a serum which turns animals invisible, top scientist Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) decides to take matters one stage further and test the serum on himself. Once invisible, Caine is unable to keep his research on a purely scientific footing, and breaks out of the laboratory looking for fresh ways to abuse his new power.
In Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, Kevin Bacon plays a bad boy egotistical scientist who heads up a double-secret government team experimenting with turning life forms invisible. How do we know he's a bad boy? Because he (a) wears a leather overcoat, (b) compares himself to God, (c) drives a sports car, and (d) spies on his comely next door neighbour while eating Twinkies. Sadly, this is the most character development anyone gets in this slightly undernourished action/sci-fi thriller, which does boast some amazing special effects along with some amazingly ridiculous plot twists. After experimenting rather ruthlessly on a menagerie of lab animals, Bacon finally cracks the code that will turn the invisible gorillas, dogs and so on, back into their visible forms. Does it work on humans? Faster than you can say "six degrees," Mr Bacon appoints himself human guinea pig, strapping down for an injection of fluorescent-coloured serum.Thanks to some phenomenal, seamless and Oscar-worthy computer effects, Bacon is indeed rendered invisible, organ by organ, vein by vein. And what's the first thing you'd do if you were invisible? Why, spy on your female co-workers in the bathroom and molest your comely next-door neighbour, of course! Soon, Bacon is thoroughly psychotic, and it's up to Elisabeth Shue (Bacon's co-worker and ex-girlfriend) and hunky Josh Brolin (her current snuggle bunny) to defeat the invisible man, who's picking off the science team one by one. You'd think this would be a prime opportunity for copious amounts of cheesy sex and aggressive violence--which Verhoeven served up so well and so exuberantly in Starship Troopers and Basic Instinct--but if anything, the director seems to tone down the proceedings, and really, who wants a muted Paul Verhoeven movie? Shue (who got top billing and a bad haircu! t to boot) and Brolin (who, yes, does take off his shirt at least once) generate little heat, and while Bacon does give an effective, primarily voice-oriented performance, his character is so underdeveloped that, well, you can see right through him. --Mark EnglehartSee all Product description
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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
THIS MOVIE IS EXCELLENT.! GREAT STORY AND PLENTY OF GREAT EXTRA'S.!
To make a long story short, Caine goes ahead with the human experimentation, only to find that he is unable to replicate the success he had with the laboratory animals and render himself visible again, once rendered invisible. He begins to deteriorate mentally, sinking into an inexplicable and bizarre maniacal state until he is totally out of control.
Moreover, Caine, the acknowledged genius of a scientific assemblage, is aware that he is losing it. Yet, he does nothing to assist in the discovery of what went wrong with the experiment and what could be done to correct the problem. He, instead, inexplicably leaves the solution to the self-acknowledged lesser capabilities of his colleagues. This simply does not compute with the film's portrayal of Caine's inherent character.
Moreover, there is also virtually no explanation for Bacon's rapid descent into apparent madness, where his antics range from naughty and not nice to totally evil and depraved. This is a big hole in the story, and Bacon's character reflects this omission, as the viewer is not moved to feel any compassion for him. The character of Caine is, in essence, just a mechanism used to facilitate a lot of action scenes with great special effects.
Therein lies the rub. Caine, as a character, has no redeeming value or quality. In other words he is no Jekyll and Hyde. He is just Hyde. This is why, I believe the movie has been so panned by most viewers, even though they may not have articulated it as such.
With such great visual effects, I am also surprised that more attention was not paid to production details. A latex mask created for Caine does not appear to have breathing holes for the nostrils. The film also occasionally segues into the absurd. In one scene, the ease with which plastic bags of blood were ripped open with one character's bare hands defied reality. I have a harder time ripping open a plastic bag of carrots. In another scene, Caine's character is torched with a flame thrower over, and over, and over again. Yet, like the energizer bunny, he keeps on going. This was simply not believable. The film is fraught with a number of moments of implausibility.
If you are willing to suspend belief and just sit back and accept the movie at face value, however, one should stll be able to reasonably enjoy this movie, as it does, despite the plot holes, have its moments, and the visual effects are dazzling.
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