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Two-Lane Blacktop [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Jan. 8 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009RWRIMU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,148 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris K. Wilson on Oct. 5 2002
Format: DVD
The 1971 film "Two-Lane Blacktop" is arguably the best of the late 60s, early 70s existential road film genre (including "Easy Rider," "Vanishing Point" and "Electra Glide in Blue"). Director Monte Hellman's stark, at times unyeilding examination of American alienation is brilliant simply because of its refusal to pander to an audience undoubtedly looking for the commercial release of an exciting car chase.
There is a race in "Two-Lane Blacktop," though it seems to end almost before it begins. There are extraordinary muscle cars as well, including a souped up '55 Chevy contrasted with a new Pontiac GTO. But Two-Lane Blacktop is a character study, even though the characters are not people we would particularly like to know.
The three main characters, haunted lost souls void of identity and emotion, are played by James Taylor, Dennis Wilson and Warren Oates. Taylor and Wilson silently cruise the backroads of America looking for the next race in their 55' Chevy. They eventually meet Oates, a chattering, nervous man involved in some kind of middle-age crisis while picking up hitchikers in his GTO. These men decide to race cross country, but eventually lose interest.
Throw into this uneasy mix a young hitchiker played by Laurie Bird. She jumps back and forth between these three men, holding off their awkward advances, eventually realizing their emotionless lives are headed down an endless highway without destination.
"Two-Lane Blacktop" is a morose study of men perpetually lost on the backroads of a nameless American landscape. They are hovering ghosts, void of identity, forever searching for a meaning which cannot be found. There are no easy truths or answers in Hellman's complex odyssey.
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The DVD arrived on Dec. 31. It was a Christmas gift for our son who had seen it years ago and wanted a copy. I was very pleased that it arrived with a 'script' synopsis and another little book plus a disc with some dialogue and conversation, all for $37. Great price. Very pleased.
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By thedukeboys on Jan. 6 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my husband. It was exactly as it was described on the web site.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Pumphrey on Dec 28 2003
Format: DVD
This classic road movie finally gets the the royal treatment with this DVD!!!Where else can you find James Taylor,Dennis Wilson and Warren Oates in the same movie? A true piece of seventies nostalgia!!! It's from Anchor Bay so you know you're getting quality!!! It's in its original widescreen format and it looks and sounds great!!! The extras are top notch too!!! And to top it off it comes in a cool collector's tin!!! AN AWESOME DVD!!! Five Stars!!! A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric the read on Nov. 22 2009
Format: DVD
this re make is done very well, the picture quality is very good. the sound is ,understandably not much better than the original, as it was shot quickly, and
the lead actors mumbling would be difficult to improve upon, . This really is about the cars and the era of aimless wandering and teenage hitchikers, so
viewed in that light it's very enjoyable, as is the added background material.
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By Gina M. on Sept. 2 2003
Format: DVD
I finally saw this last night after having heard so much about it. Yes, "Two-Lane Blacktop" is a slow-moving film, but its essence is very soothing. Perhaps it's the quiet of the open road or the quaintness of the small-town gas stations and diners. Or maybe it's that the simplicity of the protagonists' lives points to a simpler era.
"Two-Lane Blacktop" makes me think of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."
The acting of the two leads is stale, but their good looks make up for it. You could almost feel the Girl's wanderlust; her character is admirable for rejecting convention in search of a larger life. G.T.O. is obviously in need of pyschiatric help, but the hitchhikers he picks up are fascinating. (It's a bonus that Harry Dean Stanton is one of them.)
See "Two-Lane Blacktop" if you just want to peacefully zone out for a couple of hours.
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Two Lane Blacktop is one of those movies that just seems to leave you in awwww it is just great for ordinary movie watcher's I could see the story laging at times but you have to understand it to appreshiate it
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By A Customer on May 19 2003
Format: DVD
Two-Lane Blacktop is literature on film! At first viewing, it may seem stylistic but plotless, as the casual observer without proper frame of reference will miss some subtle subplots.
The first subplot is the contrast of the genuine versus the wannabe, as revealed in the cars and their owners. There has always been a street-race rivalry between the the home-built hotrod and the checkbook-aquired factory musclecar (fellow gearheads will nod knowingly). This contrast extends to The Driver, who is earthy and real, and GTO, who is always playing a role. At first, GTO tries to stand toe-to-toe with The Driver, but he is eventually subjugated by the horsepower of the '55 and the mechanical know-how of Driver and Mechanic.
The second and more interesting subplot is the tension within The Driver, who feels more comfortable with machines than with people (perhaps machines are easier to control). Believe me, this type of personality exists - confirm with any gearhead or IT professional. His machine zen is interrupted by the hitchhiker, to whom he opens himself up (barely). The hicthhiker eventually leaves, and at the end of the movie he slides shut the window of the '55 Chevy, symbolically shutting out human emotion/interaction and returning to his mechanical world.
Watch this movie looking for these subplots, and you may have a whole new viewing experience.
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