The Hitcher - DVD (Region 1)

Last Update: 29 April 2007

 
 
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DVD Review by Winona Kent

For fans of Bean, the best part of this gore-fest is watching for the humorous, slightly-less-than serious twinkle in Sean's eyes as he delivers some of John Ryder's best lines. He's having a good time playing a baddie - and Ryder is one of the nastiest to have made his way onto Sean's CV.

Fans will also enjoy the 20-minute long Deleted Scenes bonus feature - the bits of Sean that were left on the cutting room floor. In some cases it's only a few extra seconds, but the snipped out footage is edited into the existing scenes so it's easy to see where and when they were meant to happen.

The last of the Deleted Scenes on the DVD is the alternate ending ("too terrifying for theatres!"). I think I prefer the current ending, but it's interesting to see how Director Dave Meyers and the writers perceived Grace's character. If they'd used the alternate ending instead of the one that made the final cut, I think we'd have a whole different take on what kind of person she actually is.

If you want to brave the spoilers and find out what happens in the alternate ending, highlight the blank space below, and the description will magically appear.

In the alternate ending, everything is the same up to the point where Grace points the gun at Ryder. But she's out of ammunition, and the gun just clicks. Instead of shooting him in the head, she hits him with the gun. He falls to the road, and she continues to smash the gun into his head until he's dead. Sound effects and some quick editing indicate she's cracked his skull open. A crane shot from overhead shows blood pooling on the road around Ryder's head, as she gives him a few extra kicks for good measure, and then walks away.

 
Available on DVD and HD-DVD
May 1, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment
A young couple becomes trapped in a terrifying game of cat and mouse when
the blood-drenched, action-packed thrill ride The Hitcher comes to DVD and
HD-DVD on May 1, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Sophia
Bush (John Tucker Must Die, “One Tree Hill”) and Zachary Knighton (The
Prince and Me) star as college students who are terrorized and framed for
a killing spree by a sociopathic drifter, portrayed with chilling intensity by
Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Flightplan). In his feature film debut,
director Dave Meyers deftly creates a brutally intense, heart-pounding saga
that will keep viewers on the edges of their seats all the way to the
bloodcurdling climax. The Hitcher is available on DVD and HD DVD Combo
format. Both include spine-tingling deleted scenes and bonus features
that ramp up the fear factor in this unforgettable movie.
The latest unmissable psychological horror movie from producer Michael
Bay (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror), The Hitcher is
packed with hair-raising plot twists and electrifying stunts that make
it the most terrifying DVD of the year.
 
 
Edge-of-Your-Seat Bonus features
The Hitcher DVD includes a truckload of exclusive bonus features that make
it a must own title for all horror/action aficionados, including:
 
 

 

 

 

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SYNOPSIS
A road trip takes a deadly turn in this terrifying thriller about a young couple
(Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton) tormented by a psychotic hitchhiker (Sean
Bean) who forces them to face their fears head-on. The open road becomes
a battleground of blood and metal in the race to reveal the chilling truth
about this relentless killer. No one knows who he is, what he’s after, or
how to stop this "truly twisted villain"*. Watch the madness unfold with
intense edge-of-your-seat chase sequences that drive this sinister film
to a deadly ending you won’t soon forget!
*Christy Lemire, The Associated Press
CAST & FILMMAKERS
Director: Dave Meyers
Written By: Jake Wade Wall, Eric Bernt (based on the 1986 screenplay by
Eric Red)
Produced By: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Alfred Haber and
Charles R. Meeker
Director of Photography: James Hawkinson
Editor: Jim May
Production Designer: David Lazan
Costume Designer: Leeann Radeka
Music By: Steve Jablonsky
Cast: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD
Street Date: May 1, 2007
Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98
Selection Number: 62033276 (widescreen), 62033277 (full frame),
Running Time: 1 Hour 24 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence and terror)
Languages: English and French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
HD DVD/DVD COMBO
Street Date: May 1, 2007
Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $39.98
Selection Number: 62100066
Running Time: 1 Hour 24 Minutes
Layers: HD-30
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence and terror)
Languages: English and French Dolby Digital Plus5.1; Subtitles: English SDH, French
 

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