Hideaway (1995)

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Released 14-Sep-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Filmographies
Featurette-Making Of-Behind The Scenes (5:18)
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1995
Running Time 101:40
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (54:32) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Brett Leonard

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Jeff Goldblum
Christine Lahti
Alfred Molina
Jeremy Sisto
Alicia Silverstone
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $34.95 Music Trevor Jones

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, after credits

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Plot Synopsis

    Hideaway is a surprisingly good thriller. A very chilling and confronting opening sequence segues into a weekend at the Harrison's holiday cabin. Jeff Goldblum is Hatch Harrison, Christine Lahti is Lindsey, his wife, and Alicia Silverstone is Regina, their 16-year-old daughter. The death of the family's youngest daughter, Samantha, after being hit by a car has taken its toll on this family, and relationships are strained. A car accident on the way home, however, will change that. Hatch Harrison is apparently killed, but despite his very long down time, the local medical facility manages to resuscitate him.

    Hatch, however, is no longer quite himself. He sees things, horrible and terrible visions, of murder and mayhem. He imagines that he himself is doing these things, but it is not him. He is periodically seeing through the eyes of a psychotic killer - Vassago (Jeremy Sisto) - with whom he made a connection whilst he was having his near-death experience. Vassago also sees through Hatch's eyes, and he has seen his next victims - Lindsey and Regina.

    Hideaway is a full-on sensory feast, with amazing, confronting visual effects and stunning, eerie sound. It is a very unsettling movie, and an excellent thriller. Its only letdown is the climactic scene at the end, which I though was a little lame, but this is forgivable given the excellence of the rest of the movie.

    In short, this is a movie that is well worth considering, even if you have not heard of it before this. Oh, and by the way, make sure you watch all of the way through the end credits, as there is more of the movie to come.

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Transfer Quality


    This is (yet) another immaculate transfer from Columbia Tristar.

    This transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was razor sharp and crystal clear. Shadow detail was excellent and there was no low level noise.

    The colours were nicely saturated throughout, though perhaps a little strong at times.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Some minor aliasing was seen, particularly early on in the movie, when a grille in the family's kitchen shimmered slightly, but nothing that was of major concern. A few large scratches here and there marred the transfer slightly, but these were few and far between.


    There are five audio tracks on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1. The default soundtrack is the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which is the one that I listened to.

    The overall level of this movie seemed marginally low, and I increased it a little to listen to the movie. This appears to be a more and more common issue with recent DVD transfers, though I suspect it is actually the fact that the older transfers were overly loud rather than the current ones being too soft.

    There was some slight hiss in the audio right at the very start of the movie, before the soundtrack commences, and also right at the very end of the movie, after the soundtrack had finished, but this never intruded into the soundtrack itself.

    Early on in the movie, dialogue was a little muffled and hard to understand, but this improved as the movie progressed.

    Chapter 19 was marginally out of sync, but the rest of the movie was appropriately in sync.

    The score by Trevor Jones was very creepy and eerie at times, and matched the on-screen images nicely, giving a very unsettling effect.

    The surround channels were used extremely aggressively by this movie, with swirling special effects and music placed throughout the soundfield. Scenes of particular note for this were the opening sequence, the car crash and the river, though this aggressive use of the surrounds continued throughout the majority of the movie. This had a very unsettling, claustrophobic effect, which was excellent in increasing the tension of this movie, as you were well-and-truly pulled into the action. Top marks to the sound designers for this soundtrack.

    The .1 channel was very aggressively used for this soundtrack, both for special effects and for music. It was well-integrated into the overall soundtrack.


    This disc has a limited selection of extras.

Menu - 4:3

Filmographies - Cast

Featurette - Behind The Scenes (5:18) - 4:3, Dolby Digital 2.0 

    French titles appear briefly at the end of this featurette - possibly burned-in to the source material.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this DVD is the version of choice.


    Hideaway is a bit of an unexpected gem. Creepy, unsettling and eerie in the extreme, it is only let down slightly by a somewhat disappointing climax. Definitely worth considering.

    The video quality is superb, and is almost of reference quality.

    The audio quality, save for the small audio sync problem in Chapter 19, is superlative with amazing, enveloping effects.

    The extras are limited.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Thursday, September 09, 1999
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