"Director: Paul Verhoeven"

  • Starship Troopers [1998]Starship Troopers | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £4.69   |  Saving you £11.30 (240.94%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A gloriously over-the-top treat, Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers takes the militaristic moralising of Robert Heinlein's pulp classic and sets about undermining it mercilessly. Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) desperately wants to join the Mobile Infantry and kill some Earth-threatening alien bugs. He also desperately wants Carmen (Denise Richards), but only gets to fulfil one ambition in the second of Verhoeven's futuristic satires (also cowritten with his RoboCop scriptwriter Ed Neumeier). Set in a fascistic future where kids must do military service to qualify as citizens, own property or even have babies, the film's dark Vietnam and Nazi-era parallels are all the more disturbing given its deceptively sunny Beverly Hills 90210 teenage cast (though scenery-chewing veteran Michael Ironside steals the movie as tough-talking Lt Rasczak). The CGI arachnids are among the most convincing and dangerous-looking creatures ever seen on screen, and with the movie clocking up the highest number of blanks ever fired on a film set, it's also pretty loud! Verhoeven went on to be Executive Producer of the Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles animated TV series a couple of years later. On the DVD: Starship Troopers in this DVD incarnation can now be played continuously on one side of the disc (the original Region 2 release version was that crime against the DVD format, a "flipper"). You'll also feel really spoiled by the extras here: five deleted scenes (approximately six minutes) pad out Carmen's love triangle problems. There are impressive screen tests for Denise Richards and Casper Van Dien (three-and-a-half minutes). An eight-minute featurette zips by with key interviews and fact flinging. And a real treat is three scene developments with layers of FX work explained by Verhoeven. But what makes this DVD essential is the director's enthusiastic commentary alongside screenwriter Ed Neumeier: dissing astrology, making a stand for feminist issues, saying how he went nude to placate the actors for their shower scene, and drooling with praise for his FX team, Verhoeven makes a fascinating statement that "war makes fascists of us all". After a studio disclaimer, and beginning with his reaction to the film's critique in Time Magazine, this is no-holds-barred fun. --Paul Tonks

  • Flesh & Blood (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray)Flesh & Blood (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (06/08/2018) from £10.09   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A deliriously violent medieval epic from genre master Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall), Flesh + Blood sees a savage and amoral band of mercenaries take revenge on the noblemen who betrayed them. In Western Europe, 1501, a small army of mercenaries led by the charismatic and mercurial Martin (Rutger Hauer; Blade Runner, The Hitcher) reclaim a heavily fortified castle for its owner Arnolfini, who then betrays the band and ejects them from the city by force. Swearing revenge, Martin leads a violent assault on the nobleman and ends up accidentally kidnapping the beautiful Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight), the fiancée of Arnolfini's son Steven, who in turn pledges to wipe out the mercenary group once and for all. With its vision of a brutal and morally bereft Medieval Europe, the film shocked audiences who had become used to the highly romanticised depictions of the era commonly seen on the big screen. Originally censored in the UK due to its extreme amounts of sex and violence, Eureka Classics is proud to present Flesh + Blood fully uncut, and on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a special Dual Format edition. Features: Limited Edition O-Card slipcase (first print run only) 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD. Uncompressed LPCM audio (on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Audio commentary by director Paul Verhoeven Paul Verhoeven in the Flesh (21 mins) Verhoeven Versus Verhoeven A documentary on the iconic director, covering the entirety of his career and featuring extensive interviews with the man himself (45 mins) Audio interview with actor Rutger Hauer (24 mins) Interview with screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (17 mins) Interview with composer Basil Poledoris Original theatrical trailer A collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film (first pressing only)

  • Robocop Limited Edition [Blu-ray]Robocop Limited Edition | Blu Ray | (25/11/2019) from £27.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    PART MAN, PART MACHINE, ALL COP. RoboCop, from Orion Pictures, marked director Paul Verhoeven's (Flesh + Blood) Hollywood debut and instantly became an enduring sci-fi/action classic when it landed in theatres in the summer of 1987. Verhoeven's peerlessly exciting and kinetic visuals were matched by a sharp script, iconic cast and exceptional special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing) and Phil Tippett (The Empire Strikes Back). The film takes place in Detroit in the not-too-distant future. Heroic cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai) is gunned down in the line of duty, only to be resurrected as RoboCop a cybernetic mix of spare human parts and Motor City steel, and the latest defense against crime designed by the all-powerful OCP Corporation. As RoboCop's memories of his former life as Murphy resurface, only his ex-partner (Nancy Allen, Dressed To Kill) stands beside him to fight against the vicious thugs responsible for his death, as well as a nefarious top-level OCP executive orchestrating the chaos from above. Unsurpassably thrilling, unexpectedly moving and unforgettably hilarious in equal measure, the future of law enforcement is back in a definitive Blu-ray™ presentation packed with hours of brand new bonus features and exclusive collectable packaging. Limited Edition Contents: 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper Director's Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts Six collector's postcards (Limited Edition exclusive) Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive) Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork Limited edition collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition) Disc One Director's Cut Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director's Cut) New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures' The Prodigy) Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film's ensemble cast was assembled Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont's collection of original props and memorabilia 2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg Four deleted scenes The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett Director's Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots Extensive image galleries Disc Two Theatrical Cut Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film) Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer's Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only) Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director's Cuts RoboCop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements

  • Robocop Trilogy [Remastered] [Blu-ray]Robocop Trilogy | Blu Ray | (26/05/2014) from £15.99   |  Saving you £-8.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £7.99

    No matter how hard you look, the brutal truth of the Robocop Trilogy is that there’s only one film in there that’s consistently worthy of your attention. Yet this keenly priced boxset does offer a chance to look at the two subsequent sequels with the benefit of a high-definition upgrade. And while both have major problems, they still make for intriguing viewing. The original first, though. Robocop is a bone-fide science fiction masterpiece, an hour and a half of satire, violence, humour and the future of law enforcement. There’s a fairly conventional good vs evil story at the heart of it, yet this is nonetheless an ambitious film, gloriously realised on a low budget. The sequel, Robocop 2, tries its damnedest to mirror the original, but it stumbles several times, not least for failing to carve out an identity of its own. So keen is it to be reverent to what went before, that the film suffers. But there are ideas here, and moments that make the movie well worth sitting through. The third? Well, Robocop 3 is car crash cinema, sadly. Shoddy effects, and a decision to tame down the violent edge for a more child-friendly rating costs the film dear. It’s entertaining, albeit not for the right reasons. Yet this remains a fascinating trilogy, boasting one excellent movie, one intriguing failure, and one film that’s as far removed from what made Robocop so interesting in the first place that it’s almost hard to resist. --Jon Foster

  • Elle [DVD]Elle | DVD | (10/07/2017) from £5.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michele's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game--a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

  • Starship Troopers [Blu-ray] [1997]Starship Troopers | Blu Ray | (06/08/2007) from £7.15   |  Saving you £16.84 (235.52%)   |  RRP £23.99

    The Federation needs you for a desperate do-or-die mission in 'Starship Troopers' the ultimate sci-fi action thriller from the director of 'Total Recall'... hailed for its mind-blowing special effects and amazing futuristic settings! The new millenium brings man face-to-face with the deadliest enemy of all... an intelligent race of alien bugs some thirty feet tall some that fly and all capable of destroying every living thing on Earth! That's where brave young freedom fighter Johnny Rico comes in. While Johnny trains in an elite infantry unit his stunning girlfriend Carmen becomes a top starship pilot - but is seduced by a suave flight instructor! Join their mission to the aliens' home planet where an all out inter-planetary war is about to begin... with mankind on the line. Epic filmmaking and jarring action sequences that put you in the middle of it all make 'Starship Troopers' the definitive space-age story in this or any other universe.

  • Total Recall Ultimate Rekall Edition [Blu-ray]Total Recall Ultimate Rekall Edition | Blu Ray | (24/12/2012) from £8.09   |  Saving you £11.90 (147.10%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The ever-popular sci-fi classic directed by Paul Verhoeven, based on a Philip Dick novel and starring Schwarzenegger in one of his best roles. The year is 2084. Douglas Quaid construction worker on Earth, is haunted by a recurring dream. He buys an implanted memory from Rekall Inc to try and make sense of it, but something goes wrong. He finds himself as a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen.

  • Black Book [2006]Black Book | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £5.09   |  Saving you £14.90 (292.73%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Paul Verhoeven returns to his native Netherlands for this gripping WW2 thriller about a young Jewish woman out for revenge following her family's murders.

  • Total Recall Ultimate Rekall Edition [DVD]Total Recall Ultimate Rekall Edition | DVD | (24/12/2012) from £6.19   |  Saving you £9.80 (61.30%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The ever-popular sci-fi classic directed by Paul Verhoeven, based on a Philip Dick novel and starring Schwarzenegger in one of his best roles. The year is 2084. Douglas Quaid construction worker on Earth, is haunted by a recurring dream. He buys an implanted memory from Rekall Inc to try and make sense of it, but something goes wrong. He finds himself as a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen.

  • Robocop [Remastered] [Blu-ray]Robocop | Blu Ray | (27/01/2014) from £6.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    When it arrived on the big screen in 1987, Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop was like a high-voltage jolt of electricity, blending satire, thrills, and abundant violence with such energized gusto that audiences couldn't help feeling stunned and amazed. The movie was a huge hit, and has since earned enduring cult status as one of the seminal science fiction films of the 1980s. Followed by two sequels, a TV series, and countless novels and comic books, this original RoboCop is still the best by far, largely due to the audacity and unbridled bloodlust of director Verhoeven. However, the reasons many enjoyed the film are also the reasons some will surely wish to avoid it. Critic Pauline Kael called the movie a dubious example of "gallows pulp," and there's no denying that its view of mankind is bleak, depraved, and graphically violent. In the Detroit of the near future, a policeman (Peter Weller) is brutally gunned down by drug-dealing thugs and left for dead, but he survives (half of him, at least) and is integrated with state-of-the-art technology to become a half-robotic cop of the future, designed to revolutionize law enforcement. As RoboCop holds tight to his last remaining shred of humanity, he relentlessly pursues the criminals who "killed" him. All the while, Verhoeven (from a script by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner) injects this high-intensity tale with wickedly pointed humour and satire aimed at the men and media who cover a city out of control. --Jeff Shannon, amazon.com

  • Basic Instinct [1992]Basic Instinct | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £4.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (160.32%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger. Michael Douglas stars as Nick Curran a tough but vulnerable detective. Sharon Stone costars as Catherine Tramell a cold calculating and beautiful novelist with an insatiable sexual appetite. Catherine becomes a prime suspect when her boyfriend is brutally murdered - a crime she had described in her latest novel. Has she been set up by a jealous rival or is she guilty? Obsessed with cracking the case Nick descends into San Francisco's forbidden underground where suspicions mount bodies fall and he finds within himself an instinct more basic than survival.

  • Robocop [1988]Robocop | DVD | (28/07/2003) from £4.49   |  Saving you £15.50 (345.21%)   |  RRP £19.99

    He's RoboCop. And in the near future he's law enforcement's only hope. A sadistic crime wave is sweeping across America. In Old Detroit the situation is so bad a private corporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP) has assumed control of the police force. The executives at the company think they have the answer - until the enforcement droid they create kills one of their own. Then an ambitious young executive seizes the opportunity. He and his research team at Security Concept

  • Schwarzenegger Triple [Blu-ray]Schwarzenegger Triple | Blu Ray | (25/10/2010) from £11.39   |  Saving you £13.60 (119.40%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Titles Comprise: Total Recall: They stole his mind: now he wants it back! In a futuristic world construction worker Doug Quaid obsesses about taking a vacation on the planet Mars. His wife objects so Doug instead opts to have an artificial memory of a Martian holiday implanted into his mind. The trouble is during the implantation procedure Quaid suffers a strange reaction. Why? It seems as though he has already been to Mars but his memories of his journey have been wiped... Now secret agents and the cohorts of a megalomaniacal industrialist are out to get him. Can Quaid experience total recall and finally figure out just why everyone is trying to stop him from reaching the red planet? Red Heat: Captain Ivan Danko (Arnold Schwarzenegger) nicknamed Iron Jaw is a ruthless cop who heads Moscow's homicide division. He is sent to Chicago to pick up a Russian drug-dealer arrested on a minor traffic violation. In Chicago Danko is assigned to partner with Detective Art Ridzik (James Belushi) a wisecracking plain clothesman notorious for cutting corners. Different people from different cultures Danko and Ridzik Work closely together and develop a unique relationship laced with humur and respect. The chase leads them into a world of international drug trafficking controlled from within the walls of Statesville Prison and puts Ridzik in conflict with his superior Commander Donnelly (Peter Boyle) as the two renegade cops alternate police procedure Russian Style with Ridzik's free-enterprising techniques. Raw Deal: Three FBI agents are guarding a key witness whose testimony will end the Chicago crime organisation. Led by Luigi Patrovita (Sam Wanamaker). When the witness and the bodyguards are brutally murdered in an early morning raid. FBI agent harry Shannon (Darren McGavin) seeks out the service of former agent Mark Kaminsky (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Kaminsky forced to leave the Bureau due to his excessive violence and brutality is asked to assume a second identity with the intention of infiltrating the Patrovita organisation and destroying it from the inside. Informed that the reward for a successful mission is reinstatement with the FBI Kaminsky agrees to undertake the task.

  • Robocop Boxset [DVD]Robocop Boxset | DVD | (02/09/2009) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-3.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

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  • Basic Instinct [Blu-ray] [1992]Basic Instinct | Blu Ray | (15/09/2008) from £7.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (150.19%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger. Michael Douglas stars as Nick Curran a tough but vulnerable detective. Sharon Stone costars as Catherine Tramell a cold calculating and beautiful novelist with an insatiable sexual appetite. Catherine becomes a prime suspect when her boyfriend is brutally murdered - a crime she had described in her latest novel. Has she been set up by a jealous rival or is she guilty? Obsessed with cracking the case Nick descends into San Francisco's forbidden underground where suspicions mount bodies fall and he finds within himself an instinct more basic than survival.

  • Robocop Trilogy [1987]Robocop Trilogy | DVD | (04/02/2002) from £11.99   |  Saving you £23.00 (230.23%)   |  RRP £32.99

    Paul Verhoeven was almost unknown in Hollywood prior to the release of RoboCop in 1987. But after this ultra-violent yet strangely subversive and satirical sci-fi picture became a huge hit his reputation for extravagant and excessive, yet superbly well-crafted filmmaking was assured. Controversial as ever, Verhoeven saw the blue-collar cop (Peter Weller) who is transformed into an invincible cyborg as "an American Jesus with a gun", and so the film dabbles with death and resurrection imagery as well as mercilessly satirising Reagan-era America. No targets escape Verhoeven's unflinching camera eye, from yuppie excess and corporate backstabbing to rampant consumerism and vacuous media personalities. As with his later sci-fi satire Starship Troopers the extremely bloody violence resolutely remains on the same level as a Tom and Jerry cartoon. The inevitable sequel, competently directed by Irvin Kershner, thankfully continues to mine the dark vein of anti-consumerist satire while being reflexively aware that it is itself a shining example of that which it is lampooning. Sadly the third instalment in the series, now without Peter Weller in the title role, is exactly the kind of dumbed-down production-line flick that the corporate suits of OCP might have dreamed up at a marketing meeting. Its only virtue is a decent music score from regular Verhoeven collaborator Basil Poledouris, whose splendid march theme returned from the original score. On the DVD: Packaged in a fold-out slipcase these three discs make a very collectable set. All are presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic prints, although only the first movie has any extra material worth mentioning. Here the Director's Cut option allows the viewer to see Paul Verhoeven's more explicitly violent versions of Murphy's "assassination", ED-209's bloody malfunction and the shootout finale. These extended sequences are handily signposted in the scene selection menu, and the filming of them can be seen in a sequence of Director's Cut footage. Deleted scenes include "Topless Pizza" ("I'll buy that for a dollar!") and there are two contemporary "making of" featurettes plus a good, new half-hour retrospective. Both the latter and the director's commentary make abundantly clear the Reagan-era satire and are chock full of quotable lines from Verhoeven--"I wanted to show Satan killing Jesus"--and his producer--"Fascism for liberals". Stop-motion animator Phil Tippett gives a commentary on the storyboard-to-film comparisons, and there are the usual trailers and photos. Showing just how much the sequels are rated in comparison, the second and third discs have nothing but theatrical trailers and their sound is just Dolby 2.0 whereas the original movie has been remastered into Dolby 5.1.--Mark Walker

  • Spetters [Blu-ray]Spetters | Blu Ray | (02/12/2019) from £11.15   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    From legendary filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Basic Instinct) and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (Soldier of Orange) comes an explosive, fast-paced and thrilling coming-of-age drama. Raw, intense and unabashedly sexual, Spetters is a wild ride that will knock the unsuspecting for a loop. Stuck in a dead-end town on the outskirts of Rotterdam, three young friends Rien, Eef and Hans have one thing in common, their passion for motorcycle racing, which each sees as his ticket to a better life. But a deeper passion will soon rule each of their lives when a sexy, ambitious blonde (Renee Soutendijk, The Fourth Man) comes between them and provokes a series of unforeseen events. The film also co-stars the late, great Rutger Hauer (Flesh & Blood, Blade Runner) and Jeroen Krabbe (The Fugitive). Special Features: Newly restored and released in the UK on Blu-ray for the first time Feature-length audio commentary with director Paul Verhoeven Interview with Paul Verhoeven (8 mins) Interview with screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (11 mins) Interview with cinematographer Jost Vacano (67 mins) Newly recorded video essay by film critic and author Amy Simmons (2109, 17 mins) Original theatrical trailer. **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet featuring a new interview with Paul Verhoeven, new writing by the film's screenwriter Gerard Soeteman, authors Rob van Scheers and Peter Verstraten and film programmer Anna Bogutskaya. Also includes original review and full film credits Other extras TBC. Dutch language, with English subtitles

  • Hollow Man [Blu-ray] [2020]Hollow Man | Blu Ray | (20/04/2020) from £13.15   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    From Paul Verhoeven, visionary director of RoboCop and Starship Troopers, comes a tales of transparent terror! Hollow Man's Oscar®-nominated special effects are as ground-breaking now as they were upon its original release nearly 20 years ago. A team of scientists led by the ambitious Dr. Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) have developed a ground-breaking serum for invisibility. Desperate to take their research to the next level, Caine volunteers himself as a test subject with horrifying results... Extras: HD Transfer in Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio Optional English Subtitles English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Disappearing Act - The Genre Jaunts of Paul Verhoeven: An Interview with Critic Kim Newman about the Hollow Man Legacy and the career of Director Paul Verhoeven Hollow Man Trailer

  • Showgirls [Blu-ray] [2017]Showgirls | Blu Ray | (11/12/2017) from £6.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Paul Verhoeven's attempt to couple the softcore sex film with the Hollywood musical stars Elizabeth Berkley as a Las Vegas stripper who lap-dances her way to the city's most prestigious chorus line. Vying with the show's established star for the leading role in a new erotic spectacular, Berkley gives the director (Kyle MacLachlan) a close-up demonstration of what she can do. Dave Stewart of Eurythmics provides the music for the steamy dance routines.

  • Hollow Man [Blu-ray] [2000]Hollow Man | Blu Ray | (22/10/2007) from £13.48   |  Saving you £6.51 (48.29%)   |  RRP £19.99

    In Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, Kevin Bacon plays a bad boy egotistical scientist who heads up a double-secret government team experimenting with turning life forms invisible. How do we know he's a bad boy? Because he (a) wears a leather overcoat, (b) compares himself to God, (c) drives a sports car, and (d) spies on his comely next door neighbour while eating Twinkies. Sadly, this is the most character development anyone gets in this slightly undernourished action/sci-fi thriller, which does boast some amazing special effects along with some amazingly ridiculous plot twists. After experimenting rather ruthlessly on a menagerie of lab animals, Bacon finally cracks the code that will turn the invisible gorillas, dogs and so on, back into their visible forms. Does it work on humans? Faster than you can say "six degrees," Mr Bacon appoints himself human guinea pig, strapping down for an injection of fluorescent-coloured serum.Thanks to some phenomenal, seamless and Oscar-worthy computer effects, Bacon is indeed rendered invisible, organ by organ, vein by vein. And what's the first thing you'd do if you were invisible? Why, spy on your female co-workers in the bathroom and molest your comely next-door neighbour, of course! Soon, Bacon is thoroughly psychotic, and it's up to Elisabeth Shue (Bacon's co-worker and ex-girlfriend) and hunky Josh Brolin (her current snuggle bunny) to defeat the invisible man, who's picking off the science team one by one. You'd think this would be a prime opportunity for copious amounts of cheesy sex and aggressive violence--which Verhoeven served up so well and so exuberantly in Starship Troopers and Basic Instinct--but if anything, the director seems to tone down the proceedings, and really, who wants a muted Paul Verhoeven movie? Shue (who got top billing and a bad haircu! t to boot) and Brolin (who, yes, does take off his shirt at least once) generate little heat, and while Bacon does give an effective, primarily voice-oriented performance, his character is so underdeveloped that, well, you can see right through him. --Mark Englehart

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