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The Hitcher (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) (2007)

Sophia Bush , Sean Bean , Dave Meyers  |  R |  HD DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sophia Bush, Sean Bean, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough, Kyle Davis
  • Directors: Dave Meyers
  • Writers: Eric Red, Jake Wade Wall, Eric Bernt
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Charles Meeker, Alfred Haber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQQ4LK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hitcher (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Road Kill: The Ultimate Car Crash
  • Fuel Your Fear: The Making of The Hitcher
  • Chronicles of a Killer
  • Dead End

  • Editorial Reviews

    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. Watch the madness unfold with intense edge-of-your-seat chase sequences drive this sinister film to a deadly ending you won't soon forget!

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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    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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    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Road-Killer May 26, 2007
    "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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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Underated ReMake May 22, 2007
    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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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be June 18, 2007
    By Kelly
    THE HITCHER is actually a pretty good remake, and a pretty good thriller. I think we all know the premise: a young couple meets a hitchiker who ends up being a murderer. It's more than that though.. you get to care about the characeters, and you get to know them.
    The two stand outs are clearly SEAN BEAN and SOPHIA BUSH. They both do a wonderful job. Sean Bean is just creepy as hell in this.. he will really scare the hell outta you. Sophia Bush shows that she can do more than One Tree Hill and teen drama's.. she is a good actress in this.
    Have fun with the movie. Don't expect a masterpiece, but it certainly is good. Don't write it off because you don't like remakes.

    -Kelly <3
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    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
    great movie keeps you watching and in suspence.arived on time new no issues.
    Published 12 days ago by mike h
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    Published 16 days ago by Brett flitter
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good seller. Movie was as expected.
    Published 3 months ago by Kris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very good
    Published 3 months ago by clay
    5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a scary movie?
    Ths movie will terrify you and make you question your next road trip. Do NOT pick up hitchhikers! Sean Bean is fantastic in this movie, definitely five stars.
    Published 3 months ago by Alyssa Lindburg
    2.0 out of 5 stars Payback problems
    The scratches on the disc made two key scenes impossible to view. There was pixillation and full stops during play.
    Published 4 months ago by Lillian168
    4.0 out of 5 stars This movie will never become a classic but its still a great movie!
    I only give *5* stars to those pictures which are classic and have achieve a cult following,
    This movie was very very good, the suspense was great, and I jumped during certain... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Robert Pylant
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller
    It's a great thriller and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's not too predictable which makes it a lot better.
    Published 7 months ago by Clara and Emma
    4.0 out of 5 stars the hitcher
    its odd to me why this movie isn't still one the shelves. and the one place that I did find it was at an home improvement store. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jason
    4.0 out of 5 stars I hate horror remakes... but there's something about this one i like.
    Normally a horror remake is a giant waste of time and I won't spend time watching it. But The Hitcher has something to it that makes it kinda special. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Kent Lundblad
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