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Two-Lane Blacktop

Genres: Drama, Road Trips, Cars / Automobiles, Auto Racing, Criterion Collection, 70s

Cast: James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird, Warren Oates

Director: Monte Hellman

Synopsis: Drag racing east from L.A. 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 (Cockfighter's 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 (The Shooting) is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1971

Reviews:

  • "The quintessential road movie.", The Village Voice
  • "Monte Hellman gets my vote as the cinema's most underappreciated great director.", Kent Jones, Film Comment

Two-Lane Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop - Blu-ray Disc - $39.95

Two-Lane Blacktop - DVD - $39.95

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  • Release Date: Jan 8th, 2013
  • Catalog Number: CC2219BD
  • UPC: 0715515102414
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle: English
  • Special Features:
    • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Monte Hellman

    • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Hellman

    • Two audio commentaries

    • Interviews with Hellman, actor James Taylor, and musician Kris Kristofferson

    • Screen test outtakes

    • Performance and Image, a look at the restoration of a '55 Chevy in the movie

    • Color Me Gone, photos and publicity from Two-Lane Blacktop

    • Trailer

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and more!

  • Release Date: Dec 11th, 2007
  • Catalog Number: CC1729DDVD
  • UPC: 0715515026925
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack

    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Hellman

    • Audio commentary by Hellman and filmmaker Allison Anders

    • Audio commentary by screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer and author David Meyer

    • Interviews with Hellman, musician Kris Kristofferson, producer Michael Laughlin

    • and production manager Walter Coblenz

    • Rare, never-before-seen screen test outtakes

    • Performance and Image, a look at the restoration of a '55 Chevy from the movie

    • Color Me Gone, photos and publicity from Two-Lane Blacktop

    • Original theatrical trailer

    • PLUS: Wurlitzer's screenplay, reprinted specially for this release

    • A new essay by Kent Jones; appreciations by Richard Linklater and Tom Waits

    • Reprint of 1970 Rolling Stone article "On Route 66, Filming Two-Lane Blacktop"

    • Exclusive interview with James Taylor by director Monte Hellman