Hostel I and II released on DVD
There's more DVD release news today, although not on the same scale as the Close Encounters or Blade Runner Blu-ray releases. Hostel and Hostel: Part II are coming to DVD and the first film promises an unrated version with a new ending, while the second promises all the additional content in the first and only release.
It really feels like Eli Roth is breaking his ties with the Hostel (Filmstalker review) franchise. Saying it's over with the second film and now saying that there are going to be no additional DVD releases for Hostel: Part II, this is it.
“There is only going to be one DVD. We really jam packed this DVD and I don't want to double-dip the fans. It's very important for people to know that this is it for Part Two. This is the cut with all the extra violence and gore…with all the deleted scenes and some terrific featurettes, as well as Tarantino's awesome audio commentary.”
You have to commend Eli Roth for staying true to his fans, he really does give the sense that he loves horror and that what he does is for the audience as much as it is for him.
Over at IGN he also talks about the DVD release for Hostel and reveals that we're going to see the completely different ending to the one in the cinema.
“When you watch the director's cut ending - this is the ending that could actually support a completely different sequel…You have to watch it knowing that the story would continue in a different way…We showed it to audiences and people just left the theatre genuinely upset and so we always said that we wanted people to be disturbed, but not, you know, ruined.”
The specifications for the discs are over the page, and they look pretty good, packed as they are with commentaries.
Hostel DVD Specifications:
Director and Producers Commentary with Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Boax Yakin and Scott Spiegel Director and Guests Commentary with Roth, actors Barbara Nedeljakova and Eythor Gudjonsson, editor George Folsey, Jr. and journalist Harry Knowles
Director and Producers Commentary with Roth, producer Chris Biggs and documentarian Gabriel Roth
Five featurettes including: Music and Sound, Set Design, KNB Effects, An Icelandic Meal with Eythor Gudjonsson an and Interview with Takashi Miike
"Killing the Car" multi-angle featurette
"Hostel Dismembered" International TV Spot
"The Treatment" KCRW radio interview with Roth by Elvis Mitchell
"Hostel Dissected" - three part behind the scenes featurette
Ten deleted scenes
Optional original ending
Hostel: Part II specifications:
Director's Commentary with Roth
Director and Producer's Commentary with Gabriel Roth and Quentin Tarantino
Cast and Crew Commentary
Elivs Mitchell "The Treatment" interview with Eli Roth
Factory Torture Cams (exclusive to Blu-ray)
Blood and Guts Montage
Four behind-the-scenes featurettes
Although the second film does seem somewhat light on extras in comparison to the first, the fact that it is a one and only release mean it is worth buying this version. Plus the three commentaries do sound really good.
Personally I was a big fan of Hostel (Filmstalker review), I really did love the film, however Hostel: Part II was not as good, far from it. The review will be coming out in the next few days, but it is disappointing.
Still I'd be keen on both DVD's, mainly because of the comprehensive commentaries and that alternate ending to Hostel.