Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Hitch-Hiker

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

The Hitch-Hiker movie scene

Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy and William Talman hit the road in The Hitch-Hiker.

Directed and co-written by actress Ida Lupino (Private Hell 36), 1953’s The Hitch-Hiker is the only classic film noir crime drama to be helmed by a woman.

One of the more nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s, the movie was inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook. Its tense story involves two men on a camping trip (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He subsequently forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert, which doesn’t bode well for any of them…

The Hitch-Hiker was independently produced, which allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and thus tackle an incident that was too brutal for the major studios to even consider.

Kino Lorber has issued the film on DVD previously, but these new versions have been gorgeously mastered in HD from archival 35mm elements preserved by the Library of Congress.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.