THE HILLS HAVE EYES (ARROW VIDEO BLU-RAY RELEASE)

Image result for arrow video the hills have eyes press bookBY BLAINE MCLAREN

There is not a lot to say about this 1977 classic that has not been said hundreds of times.  This is one of those great films that you may not appreciate when you are young, but grows on you as you get older and more jaded.  Wes Craven started his career with the one-two punch of nihilism know as (back to back releases) Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes.  What is fantastic about “Hills” is that it works out all of the goofiness in “House” and shows why (the late) Wes Craven would go on to be a master of horror.  He sets the tone and maintains it from beginning to end, making outlandish characters feel real and alive.  When it is time to turn up the tension, he never hesitates to show true ugliness and violence.  While being a great film, most of its releases have been fairly sub par.  Luckily the good folks at Arrow Video decided to rerelease it and give it the care/attention that it has always deserved.

Image result for arrow video the hills have eyes press bookThe 4k scan used for the blu ray looks great and you finally get to see the detail and great photography in this film.  Most prints have that very “brown” look that instantly makes a film seem older and less impressive, but this print corrects that.  The color shines through and you get a real feel for the desolation and heat these actors are enduring.  My favorite part of this release is the hour long “making of” that managed to bring back most of the central cast and crew.  Wes Craven tells stories and we get to hear the details of what it took to get this story from page to screen.  If you don’t dig great movies, then you can watch the “feel good” alternate ending (that is also included).  Overall, this is the home release that the film deserves and it offers a lot of goodies that make it well worth the sticker price.  THE ARROW VIDEO RELEASE OF THE HILLS HAVE EYES IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT RETAILERS, INCLUDING AMAZON.COM 

DETAILS

Brand new 4K restoration of the film, supervised by producer Peter Locke and viewable with both original and alternate endings

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 6 x postcards
  • Reversible fold-out poster featuring new and original artwork
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills
  • Brand new audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer
  • Brand new audio commentary by academic Mikel J. Koven
  • Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke
  • Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes – making-of documentary featuring interviews with Craven, Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier and director of photography Eric Saarinen
  • Brand new interview with actor Martin Speer
  • The Desert Sessions – brand new interview with composer Don Peake
  • Never-before-seen Outtakes
  • Alternate ending, in HD for the first time  
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

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