The 2007 remake of the horror film, The Hitcher
, came out on DVD on Tuesday, May 1st, boasting of a variety of special features, including aptly named featurettes like Road Kill: The Ultimate Car Crash, Fuel Your Fear: The Making of The Hitcher
, Chronicles of a Killer and Dead End, and the usual deleted scenes. It was retailed at $20.99, while the HD/ DVD combo was priced at $39.98.
The film, which stars One Tree Hill
’s Sophia Bush
as Grace Andrews, Sean Bean as the hitcher and Zachary Knighton as Jim Halsey, is Dave Meyers' directorial debut and follows the story of a young couple who find themselves on the run for their lives after they encounter a maddened hitchhiker named John Ryder. Meyers, who is known mostly for directing music videos and commercials, told About.com about his experience of working with Bush, who plays Brooke Davis on the WB series, One tree Hill
. “I met her and we really got along great,” he said. “I thought she emotionally was really present for horror acting. I thought she really brought a whole level that you don’t really get. It was emotional and engaging.”
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Meyers also said that the 24-year old One Tree Hill star was the first choice for the role of Grace Andrews, who he described as an “empowered female.”
Unlike many other DVDs, The Hitcher does not contain a commentary from its director. However, Meyers made it clear in the interview that there was no conflict between him and the producers of the film. “All that I can say is I’m not quite sure why, but no one asked me to be involved in the DVD features,” he explained. “There’s no bad blood, so I’m not really sure why. I didn’t really want to create bad blood so I didn’t challenge it. I just offered my services and offered to re-cut some scenes or do something really special and they just said, ‘No, not necessary.’ I left it at that and moved on. I don’t know.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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