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The Hitcher (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)

3.5 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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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!

Special Features

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

  • Product Details

    • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000NQQ4LK
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Hitcher (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)" on IMDb

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    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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    "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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    What would you do if you encountered a psycho-path? This film takes a look at what two average young people would do when confronted by a madman who has one wish: To be put to death. Until then he will continue on with the carnage.
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    I seen this movie in theaters and was really excited for it to come out on DVD. However after watching it a few times it just becomes too boring. The action level is pretty good and of course theres a hot girl to look at who jumps out of a burning van holding a gun.
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    This movie's okay, I guess. It does have some excitement, but it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. Sophia Bush is a good actress, but this movie just didn't deliver in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend it. Just skip it and save your money.
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    Sean Bean. Sophia Bush. Their chemistry is amazing, despite how gritty and indie this film gets (which I'm not complaining, I just wasn't used to seeing them in these roles). I saw it years ago and needed to add it to my collection. I wish they would costar again.
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    She didn't feel comfortable at all about allowing the stranger to ride in the car, while her boyfriend showed a dangerous sympathy and allowed the guy(Sean Bean) to hitch a ride with them. A violent, unpredictable movie that held my interest, wondering if the killer would get away with it. The characters were believable, the directing excellent. But all the credit goes to Sean Bean, who can play a good guy or one you hate. Well deserved fives stars.
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    Never having seen the original 1986 version of The Hitcher, I probably enjoyed this film more than I might have otherwise. Even still, this film suffers from what has been a noticeable saturation of recent horror movies with a "killer on the highways" motif (think Joyride, Jeepers Creepers, etc.). Basically, this 2007 film doesn't really offer viewers anything new or different, but I think it succeeds pretty darn well at what it does in fact deliver, due in large part to Sean Bean's menacing performance as the heavy in the story. You'll never hear me complain about the casting of Sophia Bush, either; she's particularly sexy when she gets mad. I can't say I was all too impressed by Zachary Knighton, but that had a lot to do with his character, who was something less than the kind of knight in shining armor a character played by Sophia Bush deserved. I must say I loved what they did with the lead male character in the end, though. For once, I saw a "don't you wish" moment come true before my delighted eyes.

    So, Jim (Knighton) picks up Grace (Bush) at college to head off for some spring break shenanigans. Driving through a New Mexico rainstorm that night, the unobservant Jim all but runs over some weird dude just standing there in the middle of the road. Grace convinces her boyfriend to high-tail it out of there, but the weird dude turns up again when Jim stops for gas. Jim can hardly refuse to give the guy a ride up the road (thereby completing disregarding Grace's wise counsel), but it doesn't take long for "John Ryder" (Bean) to reveal his true nature, which is far more mad and dangerous than even Grace could have imagined. Jim and Grace don't know why this stranger is tormenting them, but they find themselves reluctant pawns in whatever dangerous game he is playing.
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