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The Hidden Blu-ray Review

Hidden

“The Hidden” is a weird, but entertaining sci-fi-action film.

What do you get when you mix “The Terminator,” “The Thing,” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”? 1987’s “The Hidden.” This sci-fi-action film revolves around a Homicide Detective (Tom Beck) and a mysterious FBI agent (Lloyd Gallagher) who team up to investigate a bizarre string of murders and robberies from different individuals that appear to have gone mad. However, mere madness is not what is going on. Agent Gallagher knows what is going on and only he can stop the chaos from occurring with the help of Detective Beck.

Right off the bat, “The Hidden” explodes onto the screen and never lets up. The fast paced film is loaded with car chases, violence, tongue-in-cheek humor, shootouts and plenty of 80’s weirdness involving everything from rock music to Ferraris.

In terms of the actual story, while a bit one note and familiar, the actual plot leaves you engaged in wanting to see what will happen next. Now, obviously, I could go into more detail about WHAT the hidden actually is, but spoiling that would only ruin the ride. It’s best going into this cult classic knowing as little as possible.

Cast wise, star Michael Nouri does a fine job, but it’s the co-star (a young Kyle MacLachlan) who steals the show here unsurprisingly. For decades now MacLachlan has been the highlight of virtually everything he’s starred in and this is no exception. He just has so much charisma and screen presence. While their roles are extremely limited, keep your eyes peeled for Lin Shaye, Danny Trejo and Claudia Christian in early roles.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A solid upgrade from DVD.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The audio is a little soft at certain points but is satisfactory overall.

Extras: “The Hidden” theatrical trailer, 7 ½ minutes of special effects production footage narrated by director Jack Sholder, and an informative but rather bland commentary by Jack Sholder and Tim Hunter.

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October 23, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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