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The Hills Have Eyes (Two-Disc Edition)

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Genre: Horror
Rating: R
Release Date: 1-MAR-2006
Media Type: DVD

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Fans of Wes Craven's more recent major studio work (the Scream series) may be put off by the low-budget griminess of his sophomore feature, The Hills Have Eyes, but the director's longtime supporters and aficionados of '70s horror will be riveted by this unsettling culture clash fable. Originally titled Blood Relations, Hills strands a suburban family (which includes E.T.'s Dee Wallace Stone and future documentarian Robert Houston) in the desert and pits them against a clan of inbred cannibals. The resourceful killer brood quickly decimates the outsiders' numbers, forcing the survivors to fight back with equally savage means. Like Craven's debut, Last House on the Left, Hills is a relentlessly tense film which demolishes numerous societal taboos (fratricide and infant kidnapping, for starters), but it also delivers a powerful subtext about family and the fine line between civilization and animal behavior amidst the mayhem. Highly recommended for Craven completists and fans of no-holds-barred horror. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical trailers
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  • Behind-the-scenes photos
  • Posters & Advertising art
  • Original storyboard art
  • Wes Craven bio
  • DVD-Rom: Original Screenplay and Screensavers

Product Details

  • Actors: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman, Janus Blythe, Peter Locke
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Peter Locke
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009V7QM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hills Have Eyes (Two-Disc Edition)" on IMDb

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on December 14, 2004
Format: DVD
"The Hills Have Eyes" is Wes Craven's long awaited follow up to his first film, the grindhouse epic "The Last House on the Left." In the latter film, the creator of such horror staples as "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" delved deep into the recesses of human cruelty to tell the tale of two young women abducted, tortured, and killed by a small gang of escaped convicts. Through a twist of fate, the parents of one of these girls meet up with her killers and exact their own brand of terrible revenge. "The Last House on the Left," although not incredibly gory in its theatrical cut, is a nauseating, seedy little nightmare that received an incredible amount of bad press even as it raked in money at the few places willing to show the movie. Craven's subsequent career virtually assured that his early work would receive the DVD treatment. What's surprising is how comprehensive a treatment "Last House" and "Hills" received. "The Hills Have Eyes" offers up a plethora of entertaining and informative extras on two discs. There is so much material of interest on these DVDs that it's easy to lose sight of the film itself.

There is nothing more innocent and heartwarming than a family taking a trip across the country. In the case of retired cop Big Bob Carter (Russ Grieve), he's taking his extended family out into the desert in search of a silver mine. His wife Ethel (Virginia Vincent) is along for the ride, as are daughter Brenda (Susan Lanier) and son Bobby (Robert Houston). Also tagging along in a mobile home is Carter's married daughter Lynne (Dee Wallace-Stone), her husband Doug (Martin Speer), and their infant child. Rounding out the list are the two family dogs, one of whom will play an important role in the nightmare to come.
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The remake is a joke compared to Craven's amazing 1977 original.

Young kids have no clue what a good horror movie is all about and that's why remakes actually make money(actually most of them lose money) I've said this before and I'll say it again, anyone that knows anything about horror movies realizes there is much more to it than pretty people on screen, loud bangs and CG effects.

Craven's story about a family on there way to California stop off in the middle of the desert looking for silver. When their Vehicle breaks down they are in for the fight of their lives. A cannibal family living in the hills see a means to survive and plan on feasting on the "fresh meat".

So the lighting isn't great, so the effects aren't as good SO WHAT!!!!!!!!! I'd love to see 'any' director take Craven's budget for this film or Tobe Hooper's budget from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and make half of a movie today. Directors today can't even think of an original story.

Real fans of the genre will appreciate the originals, the classics such as "Halloween", "Black Christmas", "The Fog", "The Exorcist", "The Evil Dead" etc. People who still need to learn about the genre will prefer the remake fakes.

"The Hills Have Eyes" (1977) one of the best movies of the horror genre hands down!
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Wow, what is going through the minds at IMAGE? This may have passed for a DVD, but for a Blu-ray this looks terrible. The picture is so soft i thought my contacts were dirty from how blurred the picture is. There is no vibrant color or anything to distinguish this from a pristine VHS. I cannot speak for previous versions of this movie, but it is clear that no remastering was done beyond the original dvd mastering/clean-up. This does not in any way - nor does it even say remastered in HD. Just ported to 1080p.

Edit: I went and read some on this and i guess this is about the best they will do for it. So i guess. Either way a soft and fuzzy picture on your 1080p HD TV, cleaned yes, but a soft picture.
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Wes craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES BLU-RAY by Image entertainment
Image entertainment have taken over the blu-ray rights for this film from Anchor bay
Image ent' have done a Good Job giving this blu-ray a new HD transfer, but not an excellent Job

the Picture quality is slightly better than the Anchor bay release
infact the 1:85:1 transfer is from the Anchor bay release just slightly more cleaned up in terms of picture quality
which does look only slightly better than the Anchor bay release only
which means there still little bit of Grain & Dirt in the quality
but i guess Image entertainment did the best they could for a film like this
the sound quality is the same treatment from the old Anchor bay release
but has been boosted up to 6.
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