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Hills Have Eyes, The
Collector's Edition
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Vanessa Shaw, Emilie De Ravin, Dan Byrd, Tom Bower, Billy Drago, Robert Joy & Ted Levine

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by screenplay writer/director Alexandre Aja, screenplay writer/art director Gregory Levasseur, and producer Marlanne Maddalena; commentary with producers Wes Craven and Peter Locke; a 50-minute making-of featurette "Surviving The Hills"; 11 minutes of production diaries, available to watch all together or separately in seven different chapters; the "Leave The Broken Hearts" music video by The Finalist; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2234747
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
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(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/20/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alexandre Aja
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After being stranded in the middle of the New Mexico desert, a cross-country vacation becomes one family's bloody nightmare. When a group of mutants crawl down from the hills to pay them a visit, the family finds themselves doing whatever they have to to save each other's lives. Based on Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes." (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD picture exhibits a color palette that is complementary to the setting of the horrific tale, with generally well-balanced colors, plenty of red desert sand, and highly contrasted imagery. Images are quite sharp, but finer details can appear plugged-up at times, although nicely textured at other times. Smearing and pixel breakup is occasionally a problem, as well as the occasional edge halo. (Suzanne Hodges)

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