DVD Review by Winona Kent, of the CompleatSeanBean.com
For fans of Bean, the best part of this gore-fest is watching for the humorous, slightly-less-than serious twinkle in Sean's eyes as he delivers some of John Ryder's best lines. He's having a good time playing a baddie - and Ryder is one of the nastiest to have made his way onto Sean's CV.
Fans will also enjoy the 20-minute long Deleted Scenes bonus feature - the bits of Sean that were left on the cutting room floor. In some cases it's only a few extra seconds, but the snipped out footage is edited into the existing scenes so it's easy to see where and when they were meant to happen.
The last of the Deleted Scenes on the DVD is the alternate ending ("too terrifying for theatres!"). I think I prefer the current ending, but it's interesting to see how Director Dave Meyers and the writers perceived Grace's character. If they'd used the alternate ending instead of the one that made the final cut, I think we'd have a whole different take on what kind of person she actually is.
If you do not want to read spoilers, please DO NOT read any further!!!!!!
In the alternate ending, everything is the same up to the point where Grace points the gun at Ryder. But she's out of ammunition, and the gun just clicks. Instead of shooting him in the head, she hits him with the gun. He falls to the road, and she continues to smash the gun into his head until he's dead. Sound effects and some quick editing indicate she's cracked his skull open. A crane shot from overhead shows blood pooling on the road around Ryder's head, as she gives him a few extra kicks for good measure, and then walks away.
Available on DVD and HD-DVD
May 1, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment
A young couple becomes trapped in a terrifying game of cat and mouse when
the blood-drenched, action-packed thrill ride The Hitcher comes to DVD and
HD-DVD on May 1, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Sophia
Bush (John Tucker Must Die, "One Tree Hill") and Zachary Knighton (The
Prince and Me) star as college students who are terrorized and framed for
a killing spree by a sociopathic drifter, portrayed with chilling intensity by
Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Flightplan). In his feature film debut,
director Dave Meyers deftly creates a brutally intense, heart-pounding saga
that will keep viewers on the edges of their seats all the way to the
bloodcurdling climax. The Hitcher is available on DVD and HD DVD Combo
format. Both include spine-tingling deleted scenes and bonus features
that ramp up the fear factor in this unforgettable movie.
The latest unmissable psychological horror movie from producer Michael
Bay (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror), The Hitcher is
packed with hair-raising plot twists and electrifying stunts that make
it the most terrifying DVD of the year.
Edge-of-Your-Seat Bonus features
The Hitcher DVD includes a truckload of exclusive bonus features that make
it a must own title for all horror/action aficionados, including:
Dead End - Wake up with Zach Knighton in his hotel room on the day of his
character's big death scene.
Road Kill: The Ultimate Car Crash - Comprehensive footage of the amazing,
hard-hitting car stunts featured in the film.
Fuel Your Fear: The Making of The Hitcher - This fascinating featurette goes
behind closed doors with the filmmakers to find out how they created the
tension and terror of The Hitcher.
Chronicles Of A Killer - Follow the murderous rampage of an evil and cunning
serial murderer with mock news stories that follow in John Ryder's blood-
Deleted Scenes - including the infamous Alternate Ending (too terrifying for