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Two-Lane Blacktop
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on January 10, 2014
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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on November 22, 2009
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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on September 2, 2003
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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on May 10, 2002
This film brings back good memories of my days in High School in the early '70's. I had a '67 Goat and my best friend and his brother both had hopped up '55 Chevy's. It seems a bit odd that the "Driver" had little if any interest in his vehicle. He was too busy being laid-back. When asked what type of tranny he had, he said "a four speed" rather than "Borg Warner T-10 Rock Crusher", or such. As far as racing cross country, his engine would be screaming at 70mph as the rear end would be 4:11's or so. Plus, I kept thinking that he should put air filters on the dual quadrajets, especially when spinning around in the dirt. Fun movie though. It kept my interest. Warren Oates played his part well. A real dweeb. Never really figured him out, or the other characters for that matter. If you like this type of movie you must also check out "Vanishing Point".
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on May 10, 2002
This pre-oil-embargo film brings back good memories of my days in High School in the early '70's. I had a '67 Goat and a friend and his brother both had hopped up '55 Chevy's. It seems a bit odd that the "Driver" had little if any interest in his vehicle. He was too busy being laid-back. When asked what type of tranny he had, he said "a four speed" rather than "Borg Warner T-10" or "Muncie Rock Crusher", or such. As far as racing cross country, his engine would be screaming at 70mph as the rear end would be 4:11's or so. Plus, I kept thinking that he should put air filters on the dual quadrajets, especially when spinning around in the dirt. Fun movie though. It kept my interest. Warren Oates played his part well. A real dweeb. Never really figured him out, or the other characters for that matter. If you like this type of movie you must also check out "Vanishing Point".
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on April 12, 2002
i would have to agree with most previous comments,including those that found it boring.i love it,but i know that a lot of that is muscle car nostalgia.this is how it was,when you could walk in the dealership and drive out with a 400+hp street rod.yeah,this movie's got it's boring points,but so does "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance"the title should tell you if you're interested
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on March 15, 2002
Unable to buy this in the UK the wait was worth it thanks to DVD.The long scenes of little going on to me gives the movie that mysterious quality. The two singers are popular with me, especially Wilson, their interaction, (or sometimes lack of)is what makes this film different.When Wilson speaks about cars it is accurate which makes a change from the likes of Days of Thunder.Anyway, I like it and will continue to extol its virtues to others.
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on January 5, 2002
This is mad max a realistic pre-cursor minus the apocalypse. The Girl is not taken away by a bad guy, rather the Boys are taken away by their obssession with their Hot Rod. The girl gives up as they go about the business of maintaining and racing it. Their foil is a man who is more showmanship than guts and axle grease. Together they do a long distance race for that ultimate stake, their own ride. The Foil tries to get the girl and fails purely on his own terms because the Boys Don't Care. This film gained a cult following because of its Zen-like quality, I suppose, and it probably inspired a lot more films of this genre that eventually culminated in the Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider and then fizzled as it lost its roots.
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on December 28, 2000
James Taylor and Dennis Wilson star in an interesting low-budget movie about outlaw drag racers traveling the United States. They scratch out a living and get their thrills suckering local street racers into risky high-stake drag races on backcountry two-lane roads. Taylor is the "Driver" and Wilson is the "Mechanic;" partner owners of a dingy-looking 1955 Chevy coupe packing formidable running gear, capable of blowing the doors off most challengers' hot rods in quarter-mile duels. The Driver and the Mechanic pick up the "Hitchhiker," played by Laurie Bird, and embark on a cross-country race with "GTO," played by Warren Oats, an eccentric adventurer driving a factory Pontiac GTO. While the story is interesting, Taylor's, Wilson's and Bird's performances are stoic to say the least. The late Warren Oates however, turns in an excellent performance as a character going through his mid-life crisis, spinning far fetched tales to hitchers he picks up along the highways. The movie conjures up a parallel to "Easy Rider" with several people traveling across the country and taking each day as it comes with no identifiable goals in their lives. In the end there are no surprises, the story portrays a unique event in the lives of four people for a short period of several days. Car enthusiasts will appreciate the portrayal of outlaw drag racing in this movie with no gimmicky tricks or special effects, just good old 1970's muscle car madness with huge V8 engines and gutsy driving.
Since the late 1970's, this movie could only be caught on late-night TV broadcasts if a viewer paid close attention to program guides. Two Lane Blacktop recently gained cult status with its outlaw drag racing story and the fact that this is the only movie featuring singer-composer James Taylor and the late "Beach Boys" Dennis Wilson, as well as the remarkable performance by Warren Oates. Another interesting tidbit is the 1955 Chevrolet sedan in this movie that also served as Harrison Ford's ride in "American Graffiti." The DVD edition is a treat with the imagery, screen format and several deleted scenes restored to original 1971 specifications.
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on October 16, 2000
When I decided to purchase this DVD, I was just attracted by the name of the director of TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, Monte Hellman, who directed two excellent westerns in the sixties. I didn't know at all this movie and expected the worse. God ! How was I wrong ! TWO-LANE BLACKTOP is a divine surprise for those who, like me, long for titles of the quality of the american movies of the 70's.
Two pop stars of that period, James Taylor and Dennis Wilson (Brian's brother), as the driver and the mechanic, race against Warren Oates in a journey through the heart of America. While Taylor and Wilson hardly speak, Warren Oates has a convulsive need to talk to the numerous hitch-hikers he accepts to take for a ride in his GTO.
TWO-LANE BLACKTOP is a road movie, in the tradition of EASY RIDER and THE VANISHING POINT, but the characters don't have to prove anything, they don't even care if they make it to their final destination, Washington D.C. They cannot either be considered as rebels because they don't have an ideal to defend or an authority to face. They are tragic figures without any ideals.
The DVD presented by Anchor BAY is sumptuous with top-notch images and sound ( vraoum, vraoum...). A trailer, a commentary and a very informative featurette about Monte Hellman directed by George Hickenlooper.
A DVD for the road.
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