Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 17th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Germany, 2008
Director: Stephen Manuel
Writers: Andreas Brune, Sven Frauenhoff
Cast: Billy Zane, Cristian Solimeno, Melinda Y. Cohen, Scarlett Sabet
DVD released: February 17th, 2009
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Perfect Hideout was directed by Stephen Manuel who’s other credits as a director includes Fatal Rescue and the TV series “Lexx” and “Der Clown”. The bulk of the film takes place in one location the house Nick and Celia hideout in. From a visual standpoint the film does a superb job capturing the claustrophobic trap that Nick and Celia have made for themselves.
Perfect Hideout is a thriller that relies heavily on its characters and their motivations. The two main characters Nick and Celia are constantly plagued by mishaps most of which are brought on by Nick’s past associations with less than reputable people. Celia’s love for Nick has blinded her as she always back’s off on her threats to leave as she gives him and their love another chance. Victor the man the stumble upon in the house by the lake is a devil like persona who specializes in driving a wedge between people. The moment he is left alone with Celia he starts to prey on her vulnerability.
Performance wise the three main characters Nick, Celia and Victor, portrayed by Cristian Solimeno, Melinda Y. Cohen and Billy Zane, respectively are all perfectly casted. All their actors fit comfortable in their characters shoes and give thoroughly convincing performances, especially Melinda Y. Cohen in the role of Celia. While his performance may not be far from the roles he typically is cast in, Billy Zane is doesn’t fail to impress with yet another off the wall performance. Ultimately Perfect Hideout is a well made thriller that has just enough surprises along the way to keeps things interesting.
Well Go USA presents Perfect Hideout in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. This is a strong transfer that boasts nicely saturated colors and details look sharp throughout.
This release comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and a Dolby Digital stereo mix. Both audio mixes are in English. The differences between the two audio mixes are minimal as they both sound clear, balanced and robust.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and a stills gallery that plays music from the film in the background. Overall Well Go USA gives Perfect Hideout a solid audio /video presentation.