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Two-Lane Blacktop

Monte Hellman

 
Two-Lane Blacktop (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1971
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #414

Drag racing east from Los Angeles in a souped-up ’55 Chevy are the wayward Driver and Mechanic (singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by a tagalong Girl (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates’s Pontiac GTO–driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race. The prize: their cars’ pink slips. But no summary can do justice to the existential punch of Two-Lane Blacktop. With its gorgeous widescreen compositions and sophisticated look at American male obsession, this stripped-down narrative from maverick director Monte Hellman is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.

Cast

The Driver James Taylor
GTOWarren Oates
The GirlLaurie Bird
The MechanicDennis Wilson
Hot rod driverRudolph Wurlitzer
Driver’s girl Jaclyn Hellman
Texas hitchhikerBill Keller
Oklahoma hitchhikerH. D. Stanton
Man in roadhouseAlan Vint
Driver at accidentGeorge Mitchell
Tennessee hitchhikerA. J. Solari
Old womanKatherine Squire
ChildMelissa Hellman
Last kid at accidentJared Hellman
The Car1955 Chevrolet
The GTO1970 Pontiac

Credits

DirectorMonte Hellman
Produced byMichael S. Laughlin
ScreenplayRudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry
StoryWill Corry
Associate producerGary Kurtz
Photographic adviserGregory Sandor
Assistant cameraJohn Bailey
Film editorMonte Hellman
Unit production managerWalter Coblenz
Assistant directorKen Swor
CostumesRichard Bruno
Production soundCharles Knight
Music supervisorBilly James
Custom auto design and constructionRichard Ruth, William Kincheloe and H. Alan Deglin

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Monte Hellman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Hellman and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries: one by Hellman and filmmaker Allison Anders and one by screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer and author David N. Meyer
  • Interviews with Hellman, actor 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, photos and publicity from the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones; plus appreciations by director Richard Linklater and musician Tom Waits (Blu-ray only), and a 1970 on-set account from Rolling Stone by Michael Goodwin (Blu-ray only); and Wurlitzer’s screenplay (first-edition DVD only)

    New cover by Marc English

Film Essays

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Two-Lane Blacktop: Slow Ride

By Kent Jones January 08, 2013

The two movies that opened the door to “youth culture” in Hollywood, The Graduate and Easy Rider, were milestones, to be sure. But can it really be said that they were milestones in the art of . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Currentthumb_1047_005_thumbnail

Two-Lane Blacktop: Slow Ride

By Kent Jones January 08, 2013

The two movies that opened the door to “youth culture” in Hollywood, The Graduate and Easy Rider, were milestones, to be sure. But can it really be said that they were milestones in the art of . . . Read more »


Features

Ten (sixteen, actually) Reasons I Love Two-Lane Blacktop

By Richard Linklater January 08, 2013

01 Because it’s the purest American road movie ever. 02 Because it’s like a drive-in movie directed by a French new wave director. 03 Because the only thing that can get between a boy and his . . . Read more »


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