• United States
  • 1969
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #545

As Billy and “Captain America,” Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda motored down the highway on their Harley Davidsons to the roaring strains of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” the definitive counterculture blockbuster was born. Former clean-cut teen star Hopper’s down-and-dirty directorial debut, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one pitched angrily against the mainstream. After Easy Rider’s cross-country journey—with its radical, New Wave–style editing, outsider-rock soundtrack, revelatory performance by a young Jack Nicholson, and explosive ending—the American road trip would never be the same.

Credits

DirectorDennis Hopper
Executive producerBert Schneider
ProducerPeter Fonda
Associate producerWilliam L. Hayward
ScreenplayPeter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern
Director of photographyLázló Kovács
EditingDonn Cambern
Art directorJerry Kay
Special effectsSteve Karkus
ConsultantHenry Jaglom

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography László Kovács, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack and optional DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring actor-director-writer Dennis Hopper, the other Hopper, actor-writer Peter Fonda, and production manager Paul Lewis
  • Born to Be Wild (1995) and “Easy Rider”: Shaking the Cage, (1999), documentaries about the making and history of the film
  • Television excerpts showing Hopper and Fonda at the Cannes Film Festival
  • New video interview with BBS cofounder Steve Blauner
  • Theatrical trailers

Film Essays

One Big Real Place: BBS From Head to Hearts

By J. Hoberman November 28, 2010

“What we need are good old American—and that’s not to be confused with European—Art Films.” So declared the then twenty-nine-year-old beatnik Method actor Dennis Hopper in an unpublished 1965 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Easy Rider: Wild at Heart

By Matt Zoller Seitz November 24, 2010

George Hanson: They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ’em. Billy: Hey, man, all we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut. George Hanson: Oh no. What . . . Read more »

Features

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Remembering Bert Schneider

By Peter Davis June 30, 2014

The filmmaker’s recollections of the great producer. Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this edition features choices from twenty-four “contributors, DVD distributors, and curators.” We’re . . . Read more »


Film Essays

One Big Real Place: BBS From Head to Hearts

By J. Hoberman November 28, 2010

“What we need are good old American—and that’s not to be confused with European—Art Films.” So declared the then twenty-nine-year-old beatnik Method actor Dennis Hopper in an unpublished 1965 . . . Read more »


Posters

And Away We Go

November 25, 2010

Easy Rider, 1969 one-sheet Read more »


Film Essays

Easy Rider: Wild at Heart

By Matt Zoller Seitz November 24, 2010

George Hanson: They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ’em. Billy: Hey, man, all we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut. George Hanson: Oh no. What . . . Read more »


More BBS Stories

November 23, 2010

Our new box set America Lost and Found: The BBS Story has been generating a lot of talk, but we’re especially tickled by the chatter that’s coming directly from the horses’ mouths. Bob Rafelson, . . . Read more »

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