Hidden 3D Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Stephen Withers, 27th December 2011.
This Blu-ray release of Hidden, includes both the 2D and 3D versions of the film on one disc. The film itself is a hugely derivative exercise in horror that is the result of an Italian-Canadian co-production and appears to have been largely disowned by its creators. The dialogue, direction and acting are all rather mediocre and the plot eventually derails itself by introducing unnecessary supernatural elements before reaching its unsurprising conclusion after a mere 81 minutes. There are some effective shocks to be had when the film stays close to its initial premise and the filmmakers have used the added dimensionality of 3D to enhance the scares but ultimately the whole enterprise collapses under its own ineptitude.

It’s a shame that the film itself isn’t very good because the 3D photography is actually very effective and is wonderfully reproduced in 1080p on the Region B Blu-ray disc, with the 3D version encoded using the MVC codec and the transfer framed at 1.78:1. The overall 3D image is very well rendered, with a nice level of dimensionality and depth and free of compression artefacts and banding. The 1080p 2D version is encoded using the AVC codec and is also framed at 1.78:1 and whilst it is a respectable transfer, the 3D version remains the preferred viewing experience. Both versions share the same DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack and whilst it isn’t the greatest mix we have ever heard it does include some aggressive use of the surrounds and an effective dynamic range to deliver the necessary shocks. Sadly there are almost no extras, aside from the theatrical trailer in both 2D and 3D.

Ultimately Hidden is a disappointing experience, with poor acting, writing, directing and effects, leaving only the 3D photography to save it. Whilst the Blu-ray disc replicates the 3D experience very well, we really couldn’t recommend this release unless you were utterly desperate for genuine live action 3D, in which case we would suggest you seek immediate treatment for your addiction.

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