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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013D54Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Additional Scenes: Paul Verhoeven- "Last Scene" Phillip Noyce- "Nightshift," "Man's Best Friend" Carl Schenkel- "Ghostwriter," "Homebodies" Audio Commentary: 5 Audio Commentaries (with Directors)Additional Scenes: Paul Verhoeven- "Last Scene" Phillip Noyce- "Nightshift," "Man's Best Friend" Carl Schenkel- "Ghostwriter," "Homebodies" Audio Commentary: 5 Audio Commentaries (with Directors)

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Hitchhiker, The (Dbl DVD)

Customer Reviews

The second disc has episodes 6-10 as labeled.
B. Altug
Most of the shows in this collection are from the mid to late 1980's so you won't actually see the best shows the series produced.
Chad Radford
This DVD set looks great the episode looks crisp and clear.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael Osborn on June 5, 2008
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The Hitchhiker (30 min.) HBO
Season 1 episodes 1-26 Nov 1983 to Apr 1986
Season 2 episodes 27-39 Feb - May 1987
Season 3 episodes 40-65 Apr-Dec 1989
Season 4 episodes 66-85 Sept 1990 - Feb 1991

This set, (Volume One) has 10 episodes:
24 Last Scene
14 Nightshift
46 The Miracle of Alice Ames
19 Ghostwriter
18 Man's Best Friend
17 W.G.O.D.
33 The Legendary Billy B.
31 Homebodies
30 Why Are You Here?
34 In the Name of Love

This series continued the 'wandering adventurer' style of storytelling wherein the main character is only a witness sharing his experiences. Like Route 66, The Fugitive, or The Incredible Hulk, to name a few, each story is unrelated to any other except by the conceptual vehicle of the perpetual wanderer. Like One Step Beyond or The Twilight Zone, The Hitchhiker himself is not a player in the tales. Occasionally stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed from the dark side of the human spirit.
In 1996, The Hitchhiker entered into syndication on the USA Channel and so was re-edited to remove the violence and/or nudity and sexuality that were featured on the HBO runs (and to make room for commercials). Originally the Hitchhiker was cast with Nicholas Campbell as the host, but Campbell was quickly replaced with Page Fletcher. In order to preserve continuity during the syndication runs, Campbell's scenes in the first three episodes were later re-shot with Fletcher. But because the character of the Hitchhiker initially had more interaction with the people in the stories, this caused certain scenes to appear very choppy.
There is a little confusion as to how many seasons the show actually ran since season one ran for two and a half years!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By SAR on March 9, 2004
This was a spooky, gory and weird series that truly pushed the limits of HBO at the time. Kind of like The Outer Limits mixed with Tales From The Crypt, it features a hitchiker that kind of "introduces" a new story every episode. Many famous faces and directors got a start on this series. HBO used to run this show at about 11:00 at night to make sure all the kids were asleep!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nycboy1 on April 1, 2004
Wow, there's a great collection of talent there! With episodes featuring award-winning actors such as Helen Hunt and Joe Pantoliano, and participation from fan-favorite director Paul Verhoeven, this surely is a must-have for any DVD collector
Koch Canada will release The Complete First Season on DVD April 20th. This 3 disc set will contain 26 episodes The show must have aired differently in Canada because what Koch considers the first season is actually the first 3 seasons according to the episode guide at EPGuides.com. It's not all good news though; the people at Koch Canada said that they don't own the Canadian rights to the second Canadian season so they're unable to release those episodes.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GreatMovieCriticForever on November 11, 2008
What a great volume and for the price it's available it's a steal!!!!
Well of course had to wait a year or two for it but I am a very patient person.

I remember this show briefly way before HBO was known as it today for their cable programs. This DVD set looks great the episode looks crisp and clear. The special features could have been better but we do get director's commentary on several episodes.

All the episodes were memorable. I liked the Paul Verhoeven episode, the Kirstie Alley episode "Legend of Billy B" I think it was called was a laugh a minute. I also loved the episode with Helen Hunt a pretty clever use of moving the camera on and off. What else the episodes with James Remar "Home Bodies" was also memorable. The episode with Joe Pantoliano "Miracle of Alice Ames" about the phony preacher was great. Margot Kidder as the diabolic nurse in "Nightshift" was also funny, realistic and entertaining. All the episode feature first rate actors who went on to do bigger things. I really do hope they continue to release more volumes.
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I believe this show debuted in 1983 on HBO and started out very strong. As the 1980's dragged to a close, the shows got weaker and weaker with every season. Most of the shows in this collection are from the mid to late 1980's so you won't actually see the best shows the series produced. I really hoped the shows from the first couple of seasons would have been included because they were much better. Needless to say, these are pretty standard horror stories that seasoned genre fans will not find too interesting. The show featured many up-and-coming stars who were building their careers during the 1980's and many of them went on to much bigger and better things. Some of them are Helen Hunt, Kirstie Alley, Willem Defoe, and Peter Coyote. I liked the show much better back then than I do now but then I was only a teenager and did not know the horror plot conventions like I know now. I mainly bought this for nostalgic reasons.
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By Bates on March 3, 2015
Saturday night, I guess that made it all right...and I was younger....
I seemed to have a memory of SOME, good stories but now I'm seeing...
every story begins with sleezy criminal types, leading quickly to a sex scene
no matter who the characters are (Do other countries think that's US?) , and the rest is not good writing.
Two stars for Page Fletcher...he is The Hitchhiker; the openning theme, his performance
at beginning and end, even his lines. Nostalgia.
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