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Hostel (Unrated Widescreen Cut) (2006)

Jay Hernandez , Derek Richardson , Eli Roth  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (620 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova, Jan Vlasák
  • Directors: Eli Roth
  • Writers: Eli Roth
  • Producers: Eli Roth, Boaz Yakin, Chris Briggs, Daniel Frisch, Mike Fleiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (620 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHRVP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hostel (Unrated Widescreen Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 4 commentary tracks, including Director Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, and Harry Knowles from Aint It Cool News
  • "Hostel Dissected" - Behind the scenes featurette
  • "Kill the Car!" Multi-angle interactive feature

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Presented by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2) and directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), Hostel is a shocking and relentless film in the tradition of Saw about two American backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Friday Night Lights and Derek Richardson, Dumb and Dumberer) in Europe who find themselves lured in as victims of a murder-for-profit business. Paxton and Josh, two college friends, are lured by a fellow traveler to what's described as a nirvana for American backpackers -- a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with exotic beauties Natalya and Svetlana. In fact, too easily... Initially distracted by the good time they're having, the two Americans quickly find themselves trapped in an increasingly sinister situation that they will discover is as wide and as deep as the darkest, sickest recess of human nature itself -- if they survive.

Additional Features

The first question most fans will ask is, "Where is the unrated footage?" Surprisingly, the only new footage to be found is 30 seconds added to the Fulci-esque "eyegasm" sequence (as it's affectionately referred to in the executive producers' commentary.) The meat, shall we say, of the DVD is in the extras, particularly in "HOSTEL Dissected" (a three part "making of" featurette) and the four feature-length commentaries. The featurette is very amusing mainly because of the wicked irony of the film crew having so much fun making a film whose subject manner is so graphic and unsettling. Some of the highlights include Eli Roth joking at a press conference about Icelandic actor Eythor Gudjonsson ("Oli") and how he is going to replace Björk as Iceland's big star, only to be picked up on Icelandic news as a confrontational proclamation. Also priceless is Roth telling actress Jennifer Lim ("Kana") that Hostel is inspired by true events about a similar place in Thailand, and she gullibly eats it up. The best extra by far is the executive producer's feature length commentary with Quentin Tarantino. During the film they discuss many topics including whether Hostel is a "horror" film or a "thriller," how they got away with an R rating, why the new breed of highly graphic horror films are so popular, why European actresses are less uptight about nudity, director Takashi Miike's cameo, and all the extra grossed-out ideas they never filmed but would love to add. Looking at Hostel you would think they're all a bunch of sadistic and creepy guys, but after listening to their commentary, nothing could be further from the truth. They all simply just love the horror genre, love filmmaking and are having a blast making their movies. What is great about the extras on this DVD is they really breathe life into the filmmakers' personalities and thought processes. If you think that Hotel is a simple soft-core torture film, watching the extras and listening to the commentaries may help change your perspective. --Rob Bracco

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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate tourist trap October 28, 2007
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The first time you watch "Hostel" you leave remembering two things: an insane amount of sex and nudity, and some truly brutal torture sequences. The media ignoranty dubbed it a new genre, "torture porn". This film is actually rather tame when compared to some of Italy's 70's horror, grindhouse flicks like "Cannibal Holocaust", and some of Asia's current horror masters. Nontheless, horror fans drooled, sqeamish movie-goers and media watchdogs were offended, then everybody moved on. The truth is this: "Hostel" is the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" of our generation. After taking this so-called "director's cut" re-release as an opportunity to revisit a recent horror film I remembered fondly -if mostly for the two reasons stated above- I came to realize why so many people (not the least of which is Quentin Tarantino) believe in Eli Roth as a horror savior.

"Hostel" is a film layered with subtle humor that builds suspense beautifully and gives the audience exactly what they want to see while making them feel as though they've seen worse things than they actually have; all TCM hallmarks. The characters, obnoxiously American protagonists and European antagonists alike, are all both likeable, depraved, and almost feel like people you may know or have met somewhere before. You laugh with them, you scream with them, and you wonder what your own friends and family are truly capable of. Also reminiscent of TCM is the slaughterhouse feel one gets from the entire process of this torture industry where angry Europeans can take out their frustration with Americans and other tourists for a fee, thus comparing the suffering of the victims to that of animals harvested for slaughter. Be it simply for irony's sake, vegetarian propaganda, or both; it is nicely done.
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168 of 220 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, nihilistic, misogynistic...but somewhat flawed February 27, 2006
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I may be one of the few people who actually enjoyed Eli Roth's first film, Cabin Fever, despite the many inherent flaws to the story, direction and all-over-the-place feel. I never bought into the tagline for that film as once of the most horrific films this generation. I've been watching horror films for as long as I can remember and Cabin Fever doesn't even scratch the surface of what constitutes a great horror film. But it did show me that Eli Roth was serious about genre and acknowledges and honors his roots and influences.

Hostel is Roth's sophomore effort, and just like Rob Zombie with his second film (The Devil's Rejects) he shows improvement as a filmmaker and continues to show that he respects the genre he's chosen to be in. Hostel is an exercise in hate, pain and nihilism. There really are no sympathetic characters in the film. Roth instead shows just how debased, cruel and inhumane people can be towards each other. Whether its through verbal, physical and intellectual means. I must point out that this film is not the torture-porn that alot of media-types call it. The gore and torture really doesn't start until fully halfway into the film. Everything before the second half begins can be summed us as soft-core porn. There's alot of nudity and sex in this first half and sets-up the three characters played by Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson and Eythor Gudjonsson.

These three college students are shown as boorish, misogynistic, insensitive louts who wish nothing more from their European vacation than sex, drugs, sex, drugs and more sex. It's this behavior that lures them to a town in Slovakia. An Eastern European, Soviet Bloc-era town where the women are stunning and horny to do whatever with foreign men.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HORROR IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD March 17, 2008
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overall, i feel like it has a pretty standard formula. the first half of the film is spent getting to know the characters. many party scenes scattered about with lots of gratuitous nudity. about 45 minutes in, the real "meat" of the film kicks in. i dont want to spoil too much in the overall story. there are very sinister things at work here, and you get bits and pieces of that throughout the movie.

basically its the story of three backpackers, and a trip they'll wish they would have never taken, if they can survive till the credits..

to most, this is no more than an exploitation film, but theres a lot more to it than that. its a film about exploitation. you see the main characters not only exploiting women throughout the first half of the film, but an entire nation, if not an entire continent. you see them exploiting the womens' bodies, laws of amsterdam, and the simple fact that they're americans. as time goes on, they become the exploited. they are now the exploited. imagination is the only limit on what can be done to them. for a price. [ironic.. although nothing can justify what happens to them]

the social commentary can probably be noticed by anyone other than a five year old. in our internet ruled, ebay enriched society, nearly anything we want can be obtained for a price. the movie also plays on many americans feelings of foreigners and vice versa.

theres a lot here past all the gore and nudity most people wont be able to realize, and thats fine. first, the camera work. in the opening scenes theres a lot of ambient camera runs with bright colors. as time goes on the color fads and the camera work has a much more frantic feel, perfectly complimenting the events onscreen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So good!
A great franchise. It's a nice jumper movie that makes you cringe with the characters, and also makes you think twice while traveling abroad.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne L.
1.0 out of 5 stars The characters were dull. The story wasn't even paced well
Wow. I'm okay with gore and splatter films... and expected Hostel to at least shock me, if nothing else. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT NEARLY AS GORY AS I WAS LED TO BELIEVE, BUT STILL PRETTY TWISTED!
I watched this notorious film a while back and felt it was time to review it. I must say it was nowhere near as gory as I was led to believe. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Only rated 3 stars? You must be kidding...
Plot - IMDB
3 backpackers are in Amsterdam where they get locked out of their youth hostel. They are invited into a man's house where he tells them of a hostel somewhere in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Duane
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting yet sick story line
the movie was decent but the scary part is that this sick stuff really goes on.The thing about this movie was you couldn`t stop watching.
Published 6 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gore!
This movie has always been a favorite of mine. Pretty intense. The first time watching it was pretty disturbing. But now it's just good horror fun!!
Published 7 months ago by Kevin E Oleo
3.0 out of 5 stars Hostel review
Basically it was some suspense, but I don't necessarily like such violence/bloodiness/sick thinking people...so to me personally it was okay. Kept me on edge of my seat!
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl D. McFadden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick
Pretty good movie. Not a five star, but better than some of the reviews I've read here. It had some pretty good twists, though I must admit some you could see from a mile away. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hoosier
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
Great Movie, Director and storyline is thinking outside the box. Many movies copy each other and have similar plots, but this one has many surprises.
Published 7 months ago by Michael L. Gundrum
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