Two-Lane Blacktop (2-DVD) R

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Format:  DVD  (2 Discs)
item number:  625WE
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 10, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Two audio commentaries: one by Hellman and filmmaker Allison Anders and one by screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer and author David N. Meyer
    • New interviews with Hellman, star James Taylor, musician Kris Kristofferson, producer Michael Laughlin, and production manager Walter Coblenz
    • Rare screen test outtakes
    • Performance and Image, a look at the restoration of a '55 Chevy used in the movie and the film's locations in 2007
    • Color Me Gone, a collection of photos and publicity material from the film.
    • Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 36


User Ratings: 5,992
It came nowhere close to the numbers on Easy Rider, but it is so much more worthwhile as a film. Indeed, I'm going to push my luck and say there has never been a better film about sweaters. Full Review
The New Republic
Jun 20, 2013
Rating: A -- "Two-Lane Blacktop" prompts a dialogue of uncertain expectation with its audience. Full Review
Feb 24, 2013
Hellman and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer keep it as stripped down as almost anything in contemporary European art cinema -- it's both abstract and concrete.
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 2008
Mr. Hellman films the flat, empty landscapes with his eyes on the horizon line, as if he were John Ford following a wagon train on its way west.
New York Times
Dec 18, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- As a study in obsession and emotional dislocation Two-Lane Blacktop is in a class of its own. Full Review
Total Film
Feb 25, 2013
Two-Lane provides a script to match [Oates] and he gives what is simply one of the year's most memorable performances. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Jan 9, 2020
The ultimate road movie and one of the great American movies of the 1970s. Full Review
Feb 25, 2013

Product Description:

Cult film director Monte Hellman follows up his legendary westerns THE SHOOTING and RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND with another bona fide classic, this time set on the paved highways of early 1970s America. Making their acting debuts, musicians Dennis Wilson and James Taylor play a pair of drag-racing drifters who battle against willing competitors all along the back roads of America, encountering a wild cast of characters. After stopping for lunch one afternoon, Taylor (The Driver) and Wilson (The Mechanic) discover a young woman in their back seat (Laurie Bird, credited as (The Girl). The newly formed trio continues to head east, and places a risky bet with Warren Oates after bumping into each other at a gas station. The first automobile to arrive in Washington D.C. is the winner. The prize: the loser's car (Taylor and Wilson drive a 1955 Chevy, while Oates pilots a 1970 Pontiac GTO). Strangely enough, rather than turning into a relentless fight to the finish, none of the participants seem too worried about picking up the pace. In fact, they act as if they're afraid of reaching their destinations, spurning an endless series of sidetracks that turns Hellman's film into a broad existential metaphor and cementing its place as one of 1970s Hollywood's bravest motion pictures.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: 1971
  • Theatrical rerelease: SEPTEMBER 29, 2000 (NY)
  • Critically-acclaimed, this genre-definer was restored and re-released in a new 35mm print in 2000, and was re-released theatrically on September 29, 2000 for a limited run in New York City.
  • In April 1971, Esquire magazine called TWO-LANE BLACKTOP "movie of the year" and published Rudy Wurlitzer's screenplay for the film.

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  • UPC: 715515137614
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