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The Hidden

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There's a power-mad space slug slithering among (and through) the innocent citizens of L.A., and it's up to a hardboiled cop and a detective from way up north to stop it in this wonderfully straight-faced sci-fi action flick. The basic plot may be nothi

Special Features

  • Special Effects Production Footage , Photos and Sketches With Director's Commentary (7:30 min.)
  • Scenes from the original screenplay, including the original ending
  • Photos, production sketches, storyboards

Product Details

  • Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder, Clu Gulager
  • Directors: Jack Sholder
  • Writers: Jim Kouf
  • Producers: Dennis Harris, Gerald T. Olson, Jeffrey Klein, Lee Muhl, Michael L. Meltzer
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780628586
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hidden" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
If you're all stocked up on the requisite horror/sci-fi DVDs and are looking to go deeper in your collection, here is a little gem from 1987 that I guarantee will please. Everyone has a movie they love that nobody else saw - this is one of mine.
You can get a feel for the story from the Amazon blurb above. My testimony is for the fun of the film. It's not gory, or even necesarrily bone-chillingly scary. It's just extremely entertaining and really well done (it's cousin in this genre is TREMORS, for the fun and campiness of it all).
But what makes this DVD worth BUYING is its extras, especially the commentary by director Jack Sholder. This guy is a B-movie director if ever there was one, and his resume isn't all that impressive: Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Renegades, some other forgettable 80's films, and the recently abysmal Supernova. But gosh darnit if he didn't make a good enough film to warrant some director's audio commentary, and boy does he go to town. You can tell he's probably a real jerk to work with, and quite impressed with himself. And his cranky disposition makes for some great dirt on the making of this film. He disses the star, Michael Nouri, and even blasts the poor acting of some of his bit players. This is a guy who likely makes few friends with his commentary, and it's VERY entertaining, especially after having enjoyed the film for your first time. On top of that, he's a pretty practical low-budget director who shares the tricks of what he did and adds depth to one's appreciation for the film.
So to sum up - a great little movie on its own merits, with great director's commentary to warrant purchasing the DVD.
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I had seen this movie about 15 years ago as a teenager and it had left a special impression on me. I confess that I was not and am not much of a fan of bloody, shoot-and-kill movies, so I don't remember why I, a young girl, had rented "The Hidden" back then (probably because I liked Kyle MacLachlan at the time, teenage thing), but I was not disappointed. And now, seeing that I could get it on dvd, I risked ordering it, knowing that my memory could be playing tricks on me and my taste may have changed since then. End verdict: I love it even more!

How can I describe this movie without spoiling it for anyone?... I'd say watch it without knowing much of the plot. Just the basics, that it's a cop thriller with a sci-fi twist. It's fast paced, well scripted and, most of all, very well acted. MacLachlan is particularly good as the mysterious, sorrowful Lloyd Gallagher. The special features are a few but okay, with the Director's Commentary a real flood of behind-the-scenes information and plot explainations (it even explains the called-by-some strange connection between Lloyd and Beck's little girl).

A few warnings: The film is rated R for a reason, it shoots up a lot of people and it's not at all shy at showing exactly how a bullet hits and creates a bloody mess. It also has some bad language that childern should better not hear. It's not a big budget movie, it doesn't have the super duper special effects, but it makes the best of what it has with realism and style.

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This gets compared to "The Terminator" a lot, but I actually think this film is even better than THAT sci-fi classic. Maybe because it's deeper and uses the L.A. locale to great effect. Or maybe it's the acting, which is terrific. Even the lower-billed actors create an indelible impression (like a pre-Law and Order Richard Brooks). But there's other layers to this film that I think are overlooked - this is a really satirical film. The alien is obsessed with loud music, fast cars, and in the end, power. All very human qualities, I think. And then there's the emotional undercurrent of the story. This is a film that doesn't rely just on action but on the sadness of Kyle McLachlan's character, especially when it is contrasted with the happiness of Nouri's home life. That aside, this is also a kick-ass action film. This flick should be examined by those who want to know how to create an exciting story with minimal expostion. It starts out with that tremendously horrifying bank robbery, followed by a car chase that gets more violent as it goes on. And there's a number of bloody shootouts, each one more relentless than the previous. The final one in particular is scary because you just know the guy is not going to be stopped no matter what. And there's a real sense of terror as certain characters become hosts for the alien. And I don't think I've seen a film that better captures Hollywood's sleazy non-film industry underbelly.
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If you find you're tired of sci fi that is simply overburdened with special effects, protracted CGI moments and a cast of famous people fighting to save the earth-again-then The Hidden should be at the top of your list of films you haven't watched but should. The strength of this film lies in the simple plot line that is massaged in ways the viewer won't expect. Simply put, a cop from another world comes in pursuit of a menace and it's his job to either cuff him and stuff him or eradicate him. He insinuates himself with the local police and one detective in particular. (This is the buddy, buddy part which works nicely here.) Forced to reveal who and what he is, his cop friend is, not unpredictably, unbelieving. And, of course, then all hell brakes loose but in a confined way that gives it a gravitas that the more overblown films lack. We come to know these people, even the bad guys and girls and animals, and if we don't like them at least we can see them as remarkably real. And it all ends appropriately, happily too, but the resolution is satisfying.

Michael Nouri-a tragically underused actor, and Kyle Mc Lauchlin are the cop from here and the cop from elsewhere and they both provide solid performances. Indeed, without their excellence this could easily be a semi-solid B movie seen only on late night upper level cable channels. It deserves far more than a casual look; It's great to find this genre film and actually cheer for the good guys and hiss the villains. And villainess. Good solid direction and a compact well considered script raise this far above the ordinary.

I would offer this as a starkly correct evaluation of the gee whizz school of sci fi.
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