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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Road to Nowhere
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...
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by Chris K. Wilson

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3.0 out of 5 stars classic road picture
I was one of the many extras in two lane blacktop, so for me, it was a great piece of nostalgia. Ok, the acting left a lot to be desired, except for character actor Warren Oates. He was a hoot. But as far as the car flix genere goes, Two lane rates up there with the best. A must see for car buffs and hot rod fans
Published on Jan. 8 2002


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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Road to Nowhere, Oct. 5 2002
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Chris K. Wilson "Chris Kent" (Dallas, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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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. These men are trapped, their cars serving as rolling coffins, redemption seemingly around the next bend, inexorably moving further and further away.
The time period of the early 1970s and the scratchy period music moaning from the AM radio, combined with the faceless gas stations and roadside diners of numerous small towns, all contribute to the overall effect of Hellman's dark character study. "Two-Lane Blacktop" is one of the finest American films no one has ever heard of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Two-Lane Blacktop, Jan. 10 2014
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Linda A. Gerow "book worm" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The essential road movie!!! A seventies classic!!!, Dec 28 2003
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Jason P. Pumphrey "the movie & music man" (Falls Church, Virginia United States) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars two lane blacktop revisited, Nov. 22 2009
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, But Captivating, Sept. 2 2003
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Gina M. (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Increadable insperasional movie, May 27 2003
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Mrs. Barbara M. Muirhead "Rob M." (toronto,canada) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Literature on film!, May 19 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars best collector dvd offer ever, April 15 2003
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This is without any doubt the best dvd collectors offer ever. It is packaged in a metal tin( which is totally cool, looks just like the vhs box I have. The booklet inclosed within the tin is a must for any hotrod fan alive or a fan of james taylor. The very nice tin and booklet are eclipsed by the key chain of the 55 chevy from the movie. The key chain itself is worth the price of the dvd, I think any car buff or hotrod lover would want this key chain and movie.
The movie is great also where else can you see a super 55 chevy with a 454 under the hood. This movie is a classic in my book I would have given it 6 stars if I could have. This is the first and only movie james taylor was in. You better get your dvd copy soon it's limited to a run of 15,000 copies only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Lane Blacktop - the best car movie ever, Feb. 25 2003
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Two Lane Blacktop is the best car movie ever. It has the best cars, quality chase scenes, and is more true to life than any other. It hits the mark straight in the bullseye as far as street racing and proper cars go. This is no Hollywood rubbish like The Fast and The Furious. This is real.
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