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The Hitcher (1986) – New 4K Remaster Coming Soon From Second Sight

The cult horror thriller The Hitcher is getting a new Blu-ray and 4K UHD release from Second Sight in the UK.

This long-awaited release is from 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.

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 cold-blooded 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.

Extras are plentiful and contain –

– Dual format edition including both UHD and Blu-ray with main feature and bonus features on both discs
– 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 (41 Minutes)
– Penning the Ripper: a new interview with Eric Red (41 Minutes)
– Doomed to Live: A New Interview with C Thomas Howell (28 Minutes)
– The Man from Oz: A New Interview with John Seale (10 Minutes)
– A Very Formative Score: a new interview with Mark Isham (15 Minutes)
– Duel Runner: Leigh Singer on the evolution of The Hitcher and Rutger Hauer (20 Minutes)
– China Lake: a short film by Robert Harmon newly restored (35 Minutes)
– The Calling Card: Robert Harmon on China Lake (15 Minutes)
– Telephone: a short film by Eric Red (26 Minutes)
– The Hitcher: How do these movies get made? (38 Minutes)
– Trailers (5 Minutes)

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 Matthew Thrift, new essays by Heather Drain, David Kittredge, Craig Ian Mann, Rebecca McCallum, Meagan Navarro and Jon Towlson, archival Fangoria article and Behind the Scenes photo gallery
– Eric Red’s original screenplay book
– 6 collectors’ art cards


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