Wes Craven's notorious film, The Hills Have Eyes, which is about a family that journeys cross country and gets stranded in the desert and preyed upon by mutants that live in the surrounding mountains, was released on October 11th from Arrow Video on Blu-Ray/DVD combo.
Full disclosure, I'm not the biggest fan of this version as I am of the remake (yeah, yeah, I know!) The subject matter was awesome, but the film as a whole just didn't appeal to me that much. The characters were ok, the violence was cool and the film was well-made; it's regarded as a horror classic and it has all my respect, but it just wasn't my scene.
As far as this Arrow Video release goes: it's great. The 4K restoration is beautiful with minimal artifacts. The desert colors really pop and the sound is crystal clear. The set comes loaded with a ton of special features of which some are new and some were ported over from the Anchor Bay release in 2003.
If you are a fan of The Hills Have Eyes, then this is the release you've been waiting for, so order fast because, this limited edition of 10,000 will sell out.
From Arrow Video:
THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST... Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street - but for many genre fans, the director's seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece. Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their campervan breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary. As gruelling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.
- Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements, supervised by producer Peter Locke
- 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
- 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
- The Desert Sessions - brand new interview with composer Don Peake
- 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
- Limited to 10,000 units for the USA