Wes Craven’s turn at the hodunk-podunk desert cannibal family was another of the director’s memorable titles. The Hills Have Eyes managed to scare the hell out of many a family taking a trip out to California or Nevada. The desert is a scary place, y’all. Especially when you have a family of cannibals living off the grid, waiting for their next car full of meat to arrive.
It also gave us the gift that is Michael Berryman in the form of one of the cannibal fam’s more memorable characters. What an amazing casting choice. Craven didn’t pull any punches in the cannibalistic story. Nothing it seems was off limits. Dogs, babies, any and all family members all were on the chopping block. Craven proved to us that his edge was very much in place and it was effective as hell.
Now Arrow Video is giving the film the 4K treatment and we can’t wait to get a load of the clarity on this one.
The synopsis for The Hills Have Eyes goes like this:
Taking an ill-advised detour en route to California, the Carter family soon 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 have no choice but to fight back by any means necessary.
The bonus features for the disc are as follows:
Brand new 4K restoration of the film, viewable with both original and alternate endings
4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in High Dynamic Range
Original lossless mono audio
Optional lossless 2.0 stereo and 7.1 remixes (original ending only)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Reversible fold-out poster
Limited edition 40-page booklet featuring writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by Arrow producer Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
Audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer
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, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace and director of photography Eric Saarinen
Family Business – an interview with actor Martin Speer
The Desert Sessions – an interview with composer Don Peake
Trailers and TV Spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
The Hills Have Eyes arrives on 4K UHD from Arrow Video beginning Nov. 9. You can head over HERE to place your pre-order.