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Monte Hellman's drag racing film Two-Lane Blacktop comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track, a documentary about director Monte Hellman by George Hickenlooper, a theatrical trailer, and biographies of the cast and crew. This is a superb disc from Anchor Bay, who deserves ...
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Dennis Wilson, James Taylor, Warren Oates DVD Cult film director Monte Hellman follows up his legendary westerns THE SHOOTING and RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND with another bona fide ... classic, this time set on the paved highways of early 1970s America. Making their acting debuts, musicians Dennis Wilson and James Taylor play a pair of drag-racing drifters who battle against willing competitors all along the back roads of America, encountering a wild cast of characters. After stopping for lunch one afternoon, Taylor (The Driver) and Wilson (The Mechanic) discover a young woman in their back seat (Laurie Bird, credited as (The Girl). The newly formed trio continues to head east, and places a risky bet with Warren Oates after bumping into each other at a gas station. The first automobile to arrive in Washington D.C. is the winner. The prize: the loser's car (Taylor and Wilson drive a 1955 Chevy, while Oates pilots a 1970 Pontiac GTO). Strangely enough, rather than turning into a relentless fight to the finish, none Read more Show Less

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Monte Hellman's drag racing film Two-Lane Blacktop comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track, a documentary about director Monte Hellman by George Hickenlooper, a theatrical trailer, and biographies of the cast and crew. This is a superb disc from Anchor Bay, who deserves credit for putting so much care into this cult favorite.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer; Audio commentary with director Monte Hellman and associate producer Gary Kurtz; Talent bios; Monte Hellman: American Auteur directed by George Hickenlooper
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A hypnotic road trip and an ode to the lonesome highways of America, Two-Lane Blacktop follows two car-obsessed drifters who put up their customized 1955 Chevy in a cross-country race against a straight-from-the-factory 1970 Pontiac GTO. But this skeletal story quickly dissolves into a series of stops for hitchhikers, small town drag races, brushes with the law, and rest stops at an endless succession of small-town diners, motels, and gas stations. The only music is heard through car radios and cafe jukeboxes, and the sparse, nuts-and-bolts dialogue -- the two laconic drifters don't talk about much besides headers and sparkplugs -- ultimately yields to the ever-present rev of engines. No character names here, just "The Driver" singer James Taylor and "The Mechanic" Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys versus "G.T.O." a magnificent Warren Oates, with a hitchhiker, "The Girl" Laurie Bird, along for the ride -- the principals competing for her affection. Directed by the iconoclastic Monte Hellman, Two-Lane Blacktop is a haunting reminder of the often-brilliantly conveyed sense of disaffection and alienation that pervaded American films in the 1970s.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
1971 was a banner year for existential road movies, as Two-Lane Blacktop and Vanishing Point hit theaters within four months of each other, but Two-Lane Blacktop has stood the test of time as the stronger, more compelling picture. Monte Hellman's deliberate pacing and sharp widescreen framings capture the drivers' wanderlust and obsession with speed with a determined casualness that allows us to look past the cars and into the minds of the men who drive them. The screenplay by Rudy Wurlitzer and Will Corry captures the characters' personal and philosophical sides while also getting their tech talk right. As The Driver, James Taylor has the determined gaze, even if he's not much on dialogue, and Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson is quite good as The Mechanic, half-bright until he starts talking about engines. Laurie Bird is both confounding and charming as the chatty hippie that they pick up along the way, but it's Warren Oates who steals the show, giving one of the finest performances of his career as GTO, a brash braggart whose tall tales change depending on who he's talking to. If Two-Lane Blacktop is a sometimes puzzling film that doesn't reveal all its mysteries on first viewing, Oates's superb performance provides the incentive (and all the reward) you'll need to stick it out to the end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • UPC: 013131093797
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Taylor Driver
Warren Oates G.T.O.
Laurie Bird Girl
Dennis Wilson Mechanic
David Drake Station Attendant
Harry Dean Stanton Oklahoma Hitchhiker
Richard Ruth Station Mechanic
Alan Vint Man in Roadhouse
Jaclyn Hellman Driver's Girl
Melissa Hellman Child
George Mitchell Driver at Accident
James Mitchum Man at Race Track
Charles Moore Texas Policeman
Don Samuels
Katherine Squire Old Woman
Rudolph Wurlitzer Hot Rod Driver
Technical Credits
Monte Hellman Director, Editor
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Will Corry Original Story, Screenwriter
Gary Kurtz Producer
Michael Laughlin Producer
Ken Swor Asst. Director
Rudolph Wurlitzer Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Main Titles [3:52]
2. Tire Change [2:07]
3. "Fill'er up" [1:48]
4. Making New Friends [5:11]
5. Scoping The Town [1:30]
6. Airport Road Race [3:56]
7. Kickin' Back For The Night [4:47]
8. Minor Adjustments [5:03]
9. Gas Station Encounter [10:27]
10. On The Road [3:15]
11. Through Night & Rain [4:29]
12. A Peace Offering [6:34]
13. Riding In A Chevy [5:29]
14. Waiting To Open [4:54]
15. G.T.O. Parts [3:53]
16. Pit Stop [4:12]
17. Unexpected Trouble [6:22]
18. Hot Rod Show Time [3:54]
19. Night At The Track [5:10]
20. Chasing After The Girl [6:36]
21. Coffee Talk [4:01]
22. Back On The Road [1:16]
23. Final Race [2:16]
24. End Credits [1:01]
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Menu

Side #1
   Extras
      Trailer
      Commentary With Director Monte Hellman and Associate Producer Gary Kurtz
      Talent Bios
         Monte Hellman-Director
         Rudolph Wurlitzer-Writer
         Gary Kurtz-Associate Producer
         James Taylor
         Warren Oates
         Laurie Bird
         Dennis Wilson
      Monte Hellman: American Auteur
   Audio Setup
   Resume
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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    Stoner cold classic! More people should know and appreciate this

    Stoner cold classic! More people should know and appreciate this film and its director Monte Hellman. James Taylor is the sole surviving cast member!

    So is B&N going the same way Borders went? Pissed to've bought their Nook Color two years ago, now they're selling the HD one for a fraction what I paid!!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic

    slow and stoney. terrific.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of The 70's Best Car/Action Movies!

    Released in 1971 ''Two Lane Blacktop'' stars Singer/Songwriter James Taylor as ''The Driver'', Beach Boys Drummer Dennis Wilson as ''The Mechanic'' and Warren Oates as ''GTO''. Taylor and Wilson are driving a souped up 1955 Chevy with a 454 block and are constantly being taunted by Warren Oates in his 1970 Pontiac GTO as the two are driving from California to the East Coast. Finally Oates takes up on Taylor and Wilson's idea to run for pink slips. Their final destination is Washington D.C.. Also starring in the movie is Laurie Bird as a hippy with no place to go - a wanderer. So she decides to hitch a ride with the 55 Chevy. Throughout the movie you've got stops in small towns with hotels, drive-ins, bars, and a drag strip among other things. The film also has a bit of humor thrown in with Oates picking up everyone from an old man, a guy from Texas, a old lady and a little girl as well as an environmentalist type and a gay cowboy. This movie although excellent, unfortunately doesn't quite give one the all out thrill that ''Vanishing Point'' (also released in 1971) gave audiences with it's all out cross country car chases. Nonetheless, this is a movie worth owning if you enjoy those type of movies as I do. Highly Recommneded!

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