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Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher, starring Rutger Hauer, gets a Limited Edition Dual 4K UHD/Blu-ray release on 30 September 2024

You’ll definitely want to pick up The Hitcher as the seminal eighties slasher gets the full Limited Edition overhaul from experts in the field Second Sight Films. They present a brand-new restored 4K version from the original camera negative supervised and approved by director Robert Harmon, that’s set for release on 30 September 2024.

I have been waiting a long time for this, so cannot wait to get my hands on it. Here are the links to pre-order the Limited Edition Box Set and the Blu-ray.

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Get ready for a horrifying ride with director Robert Harmon’s and screenwriter Eric Red’s killer thriller, starring the late, inimitable Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Sin City) as the hitchhiker from hell, in a careerdefining villainous role that was described by Empire as ‘The best Hannibal Lector that never was’ who terrorises innocent drivers as they drive along the deserted Midwest highways.

On a long-distance drive across the deserted Midwest highways, Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell) stops for a hitchhiker waiting by the roadside. But his thoughts of helping a human in need are blown wide apart as it soon becomes apparent that John Ryder (Rutger Hauer) is a relentless serial killer. Framed by the coldblooded murderer for a string of slayings, his only help comes from a caring Truckstop waitress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), as they attempt to flee from both the law and the psychopath.

This gruesomely gripping cult favourite starring C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, E.T.), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, Single White Female) and Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile, The Mist) is set for its highly anticipated Limited Edition Dual 4K UHD and Blu-ray release on 30 September 2024 alongside Standard Editions on 4K UHD and Blu-ray.

The Limited set is presented in a stunning collector’s package with new artwork by Adam Stothard and a 200-page hardback book. All three versions come complete with a truckload of special features including new interviews and a new commentary plus tons of archive material, two short films and much more.

Hit the road with The Hitcher for a ride from hell wrapped in a box set from heaven.

Special Features
• A new 4K restoration by Second Sight Films from the original camera negative supervised and approved by director Robert Harmon
• UHD presented in HDR with Dolby Vision
• Features Dolby Atmos and original stereo audio mixes
• New audio commentary by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• Audio commentary with Robert Harmon and writer Eric Red
• Scene-specific audio commentary with Robert Harmon, Eric Red, Executive Producer Edward S Feldman, Composer Mark Isham, Director of Photography John Seale and Actors Rutger Hauer and C Thomas Howell
• The Projection Booth Podcast: featuring Robert Harmon and Rutger Hauer
• Bullseye: a new interview with Robert Harmon
• Penning the Ripper: a new interview with Eric Red
• Doomed to Live: a new interview with C Thomas Howell
• The Man from Oz: a new interview with John Seale
• A Very Formative Score: a new interview with Mark Isham
• Duel Runner: Leigh Singer on the evolution of The Hitcher and Rutger Hauer
• China Lake: a short film by Robert Harmon newly restored
• The Calling Card: Robert Harmon on China Lake
• Telephone: a short film by Eric Red
• The Hitcher: How do these movies get made?
• Trailers

Limited Edition Contents
• Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Adam Stothard
• 200-page hardback book with exclusive Robert Harmon interview by Lou Thomas, exclusive Eric Red interview by Matt Thrift, new essays by Heather Drain, David Kittredge, Craig Ian Mann, Rebecca McCallum, Meagan Navarro and Jon Towlson
• Eric Red’s original screenplay book
• Six collectors’ art cards

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