A successful TV presenter’s childhood lie comes back to haunt him and his family in Austrian auteur Michael Haneke’s French-language masterpiece, as ambiguous as the moral questions it poses. Perhaps surprisingly, given the relatively mundane mise-en-scene, the crystal-clear HD transfer offers one of the best demonstrations of Blu-ray’s possibilities thus far, with exteriors as bright and sharp as a view through a clear window – which is more than can be said of the intentionally cryptic narrative. It’s not called Hidden for nothing.
EXTRAS: Haneke is on typically playful and intellectually challenging form in a terrific half-hour interview, which helpfully explores some of the themes of his wonderfully complex thriller, without – thankfully – giving much away. The accompanying ‘making of’, however, is far less engaging.