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Import Blu-Ray/Region A pressing. From the producers of TheTexas Chainsaw Massacre comes The Hitcher, an action-packed, bloody thrill-ride. This movie delivers intense edge-of-your-seat chilling suspense and relentless terror as the race to reveal the terrifying truth about "The Hitcher" ensues, making this definitive Blu-Ray for all action/horror fans.

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  • Actors: Sean Bean, Mike Fisher, Jeff Hutchinson, Neal McDonough, Skip O'Brien
  • Directors: Dave Meyers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Import, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Alliance Canada
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JT69OG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on July 12, 2007
Format: DVD
An improved version of the already high-caliber 1986 "Hitcher" starring Rutger Hauer, this new incarnation casts Sean Bean ("Lord Of The Rings", "The Dark", "Silent Hill") as an even deadlier and more twisted title villain, and Sophia Bush ("Stay Alive") and Zachary Knighton ("The Prince And Me") as young lovers Grace and Jim, who on a road trip encounter the hitcher in the middle of a rainstorm, and become the prime targets of his obsession.

The Hitcher has been upped to where he's about as dangerous as a human being can be without raising the question of the supernatural. No remorse, apparantly no fear of death or pain, disturbingly with no apparant motivation, indisputably evil, and yet retaining an undeniable charismatic edge, as well as a huge air of mystery (his background, and even his real name, are never revealed) the character slashes and shotgun-blasts his way into the upper tier as one of the most instantly memorable killers to rampage across the screen in recent years. Zachary Knighton and the smolderingly gorgeous and cute-as-a-button Sophia Bush are likable and believable as the main couple of the film. Strong performances are turned in by the rest of the cast as well, and the tight flow of the movie encompasses psychological terror and suspense, up-close visceral carnage, and some of the most intense and high-octane highway chase/battle action ever seen, way above that seen in many higher profile action blockbusters with five times the budget. It attains a highly active tension and tightness the likes of which have not quite been reached by many of its more famous horror-thriller hybrid peers.

"The Hitcher" delivers on all counts it takes on, and is highly recommended for fans of such movies as the '86 original, "Highwaymen" (by original "Hitcher" director Robert Harmon), the "Hills Have Eyes" movies, and "The Vanishing".
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on May 26, 2007
Format: DVD
"The Hitcher" is a so-so film that desperately wants to be a killer music video. Starring Sophia Bush (that One Tree Hill girl who is so pretty it makes my eyes water) and Zachary Knighton (I'd never heard of him before, but he looks like the type who'd date Sophia Bush), the film wastes no time with pleasantries. The two lovers hit the road, and then the road hits back.

The road in my oh-so-clever analogy turns out to be John Ryder, the hitcher, a man with a grudge against life. Literally. In one of his first lines of the film, Ryder admits that the reason he tortures, maims, and kills people is because he wants someone to stop him. This sort of Swiftean take on nihilism is often used by scriptwriters to give a character license to indulge in flat-eyed melodrama (emotive beef jerky, I call it), but Sean Bean -- as the unflagging madman -- lets his desperation and his senseless rage simmer without boiling over into false theatrics. Bean is really the reason to watch this film.

It's too bad he's not in it more than he is. Most of the time we are forced to watch Bush and Knighton wander around making typically bad decisions and then griping or whining about it to each other when there's a break in the action.

I don't blame the actors. These sorts of brash bonanzas of violence and destruction don't really need much in the way of plotting to do their job, but they do need some kind of decent writing. I mean, take a look at Spielberg's Duel. For a movie with such a minimal plot and perhaps two pages of dialogue, this film works macabre magic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bodi Lake Estate on May 22, 2007
Format: DVD
It is simply stupid to hate a movie simply because it is a remake. That is the reason for the majority of bad reviews coming in on this movie.

The Hitcher is a clever sculpted movie with great style and great screen prescence. The acting was somewhat lopsided I'll admit. Zachary Knighton pulled off his character well enough and Sophia Bush didn't do badly either but both of them were brushed aside by the mere presence of Sean Bean. He was brilliant! There really aren't too many more words to describe his work.

His role as John Ryder was played perfectly, so deep and so real. He made a chilling villian, one that you can seriously hate and root for at the same time. He pulled off an American accent quite convincingly, and even better was his costume and hair. They were very well done. The entire set and scenery was well placed and very well shot.

The horror was as horror should be, suspensful and gory but the blood was tastefully placed and not needlessly splattered all over the screen. The killings were done with such simplistic reality it was almost frightening.

Overall the movie was a great one and definately deserves a spot in your movie collection. Sean Bean's acting is enough to merit that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thejoelmeister on May 10, 2007
Format: DVD
The original 1986 Hitcher was a campy B-movie turned cult classic that claimed one of the most memorably sadistic antagonists and its fair share of shocking moments. While the 2007 remake reverses a few roles and certainly updates the gore, it still manages to maintain the unnerving mood of its predecessor and stays surprisingly entertaining throughout its tightly paced 83 minutes.

The Hitcher wastes no time with introductions and jumps right into the typical "college students on a road trip to nowhere" slasher film requisite. The difference this time out is that there are only two young protagonists, Jim (Zachary Knighton) and Grace (Sophia Bush). Not more than ten minutes in, the weather has gone from cheerful sun to foreboding rainstorm and the couple barely miss running over a hitchhiker standing in the middle of the road. Shortly after deciding to leave the mysterious figure stranded, Jim encounters him in a gas station and against Grace's objections, agrees to take him to the nearest motel. A casual conversation with their newly acquired passenger suddenly turns sour and the hitcher, John Ryder (Sean Bean) reveals himself to be a psychotic madman determined to draw some blood. After a narrow escape, the stunned couple begin a treacherous trek across the desolate New Mexico highway where they attempt to put as much ground between themselves and their tormentor as possible. But John Ryder is not rid of so easily...

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