HOLLOW MAN: DVD
At a secret military laboratory, a group of young scientists have just unlocked the secret
of human invisibility. The team's arrogant leader, Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon), ignores
the risks and decides to test the dangerous procedure on himself – only to discover
his fellow scientists, led by his lieutenants Linda McKay (Elizabeth Shue) and Matthew
Kensington (Josh Brolin), are unable to reverse the effect. Working around the clock,
Caine's colleagues struggle to devise an antidote. But Caine's intoxication with his
new-found power is growing and he begins to suspect his colleagues may be a threat to his
"Even mid-strength Paul Verhoeven is more exciting than most other attempts at motion
picture extravaganza. His name on the credits ensures value for your entertainment dollar
even with mediocre material such as this variation on H.G. Welles' The Invisible Man. If a
case can be made for recommending a film "just for the special effects" this is
it as scientist Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) perfects an invisibility formula and decides
to use himself as the test subject.
No prizes for guessing the procedure can't be reversed and side effects include
homicidal tendencies that ultimately imperil the life of fellow scientist Elizabeth Shue.
Unfortunately that's about as complex as the plot gets. There are hints of shady military
manouverings around Caine's experiment but this potentially juicy element is never
exploited fully. There's also something rather nasty in the handling of a couple of sexual
assault scenes as Caine escapes confinement and begins his nocturnal prowlings.
What Hollow Man offers in compensation is a staggering display of technical trickery
that outshines anything you've seen before. The gradual disappearance of Kevin Bacon and
the re-appearance of a gorilla with every bone, artery and organ revealed in medical
textbook clarity are simply astonishing and guarantee this film at least one Oscar.
Verhoeven's robust direction gives the lacklustre script more life than it deserves and
Elisabeth Shue acquits herself well as the object of Caine's twisted intentions but you
can't help feeling a little disappointed she and Bacon didn't have better material to work
with. The 1.85:1 transfer looks superb and the bonus material, particularly the music
commentary track by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, makes it a good value purchase."
Published March 8, 2001
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HOLLOW MAN (MA15+)
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Gregg Grunberg
DIRECTOR: Paul Verhoeven
RUNNING TIME: 112 mins
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar
DVD RELEASE: March 7, 2001
25 min Special Effects Featurette
3 Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary by Paul Verhoeven, Kevin Bacon and Writer Andrew Marlowe
Isolated Music Score With Commentary by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
Subtitles in English, Greek, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew,
Bulgarian, Turkish, Danish,
Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Arabic.
Languages: English and Hungarian (dubbed)