SRP $28.95 1.85:1 PCM 5.1 SONY

Paul Verhoeven's "THE HOLLOW MAN" isn't really a bad film, or a pile of crap like "THE BLACK BOOK," but it's not nearly as good as it deserved to be.  His other sci-fi film, "STARSHIP TROOPERS" even with flaws, managed to be great fun and "HOLLOW MAN" could have been fun. It isn't.  After a promising beginning, wherein we meet the main characters, including Kevin Bacon as the scientist willing to experiment a new formula on himself, the film veers as stupidly and annoyingly as the newly "mad" scientist does! 

There are some great effects, however, and all of them look terrific in this, often stunning, transfer!  SONY has released this "director's cut" and it's not apparent what's new and different from the original "R" rated version. The brief nudity with the beautiful Rhona Mitra, is the same, but this version is 8 minutes longer somewhere.

SONY has provided a 1080p transfer with 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are rich and even when hues veer towards a cool tint, it never gets over-saturated.  Detail is exceptional in virtually every scene. So much so, that some of the CGI effects show their age in comparison to newer technology. However, these effects are still the best thing in the film and provide that "fun" aspect, sorely missed in many other parts of the film. Deep blacks and grays allow darker scenes to still impress with clarity.

SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  It's "demonstration" quality! Jerry Goldsmith's score gets incredible presentation here, with dynamic range that's just dazzling. This is an aggressive mix, that rarely lets up. Music, dialogue and non-stop discrete effects are perfectly balanced for maximum knock-out impact! A GREAT MIX!!!

SONY has included 15 featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage. Unfortunately, the "deleted scenes" segment from the original dvd aren't offered here, and neither is the great score offered with an isolated track.