Two-Lane Blacktop [1971] [Criterion] (BLU)

Monte Hellman

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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 the tagalong Girl (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates's Pontiac GTO-driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race - at stake: their cars' pink slips. Yet no summary can do justice to the existential punch of Two-Lane Blacktop. Maverick director Monte Hellman's stripped-down narrative, gorgeous widescreen compositions, and sophisticated look at American male obsession make this one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.

Product Details

  • Starring: Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, James Taylor, Dennis Wilson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 414

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Monte Hellman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Hellman and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Two audio commentaries: one by Hellman and filmmaker Allison Anders and one by screenwriter Rudolph Wurlitzer and author David N. Meyer
  • Interviews with Hellman, actor James Taylor, musician Kris Kristofferson, producer Michael Laughlin, and production manager Walter Coblenz
  • Screen test outtakes
  • Performance and Image, a look at the restoration of a ’55 Chevy used in the movie and the film’s locations today
  • Color Me Gone, photos and publicity from Two-Lane Blacktop
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones; appreciations by director Richard Linklater and musician Tom Waits; and a reprint of the 1970 Rolling Stone article “On Route 66, Filming Two-Lane Blacktop,” by Michael Goodwin
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