- 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
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THE STORY: L.A. Cop finds his normal world instantly turned upside down when an odd FBI agent shows up and enlists his help in tracking down seemingly average citizens who just go bonkers for no apparent reason, turning into homicidal manics - with a taste for heavy metal & fast Ferrari's. Things progressively go from bad to worse, taking a turn for the bizarre when… well, you’ll just have to tune in and find out for yourself!
THOUGHTS: A favorite 80’s film that hits all the right notes. Hard to believe, but THE HIDDEN is basically a remake of the schlocky old John Agar flick, THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS. This update is a stellar example of how to do a remake and do it right. It's also a near-perfect excellent example of how to seamlessly blend multiple genres. For THE HIDDEN is: a crackerjack sci-fi film, a grisly horror flick, an over-the-top action fest and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, a touching drama about love, trust, honor and just what it means to really be human. Kyle MacLachlan is amazing as the slightly out of phase FBI agent who’s hot on the trail of a remorseless, bloodthirsty maniac. Michael Nouri is totally believable as a world-weary L.A. cop who knows his job, but is clueless as to how what’s happening IS happening. The second string players are all excellent. Music score is restrained and still impactful. Impressive stunt work throughout. And overseeing it all, director Jack Shoulder keeps things tightly knit, maintaining a firm grasp on the course of the film, which, in lesser hands, could have become a flashy, heartless, brainless explosion & noise fest. He keeps us sprinting along breathlessly from one wild setpiece to another, all without losing sight of (nor downplaying) the smaller, quieter moments which help give the picture its focus and soul.
THE BLU-RAY: Essentially the same release as the old NewLine DVD, only with much-improved sound & picture. Extras are the same stuff, merely ported over, including an excellent full-length audio commentary with the director in which he shares a wealth of insightful and enlightening details behind the making of the film. And even though there’s really nothing new, if you’re a fan of this film (and how could you NOT be?!?), it’s still a no-brainer to double dip if you already own the DVD. If you’ve got a Blu-ray player and have somehow never managed to catch this movie before, then by all means BUY IT! And prepare yourself for an exhausting breakneck thrill ride that’ll leave you breathless… and thoroughly entertained - from the opening credits thru to the final fade-out. In the end, it’s easy to see THE HIDDEN is absolutely one of the best of its kind ever made. Highly, highly recommended.
Another of my favorite 80s guilty pleasures, The Hidden is basically The Thing, Lethal Weapon and The Terminator all rolled into one, as a body stealing extraterrestrial criminal is pursued on earth by an alien lawman and an earth cop with most of L.A. caught in the crossfire. Michael Nouri exudes tough guy charm as hard-nose cop Tom Beck who is teamed on a bizarre crime spree case with strange federal agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan). Soon Beck finds that there may be something unearthly going on and his “partner” may not be what he seems either.
Hidden is a fun sci-fi action thriller that is well directed and furiously paced by Jack Shoulder. Shoulder keeps Jim Kouf’s clever script moving fast and keeps the audience’s attention with plenty of blood, bullets and chase scenes. But Shoulder doesn’t move things too quickly that we don’t get to know our lead characters and a little about what makes them tick. While we rarely see the alien creature, the FX depicting it are good as is the carnage it leaves behind. The action scenes and stunt work are all top notch as well, for such a modest production and there is plenty of action to be had.
The cast are all good in their roles including supporting players Clu Gulager, Ed O’Ross and Richard Brooks as Beck’s fellow officers. Leads Nouri and MacLachlan make a good team and work well off each other and it’s fun to watch Nouri’s Beck try to figure out his weird Fed partner then start to warm up to him even after finding out he’s not from around here.
The Hidden is a mash-up of genres and movies that would have made Roger Corman proud had it been one of his productions and it does play much like one of Corman’s flicks. The film still holds up today as a fun Terminator style action flick and the added 80s nostalgia doesn’t hurt it either. Definitely a film to be enjoyed with a few beers and a few friends.