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Format: DVD
Sku: 205768291
UPC: 715515026925
UPC 14: 00715515026925
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Editor's Note
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 of the participants seem too worried about picking up the pace. In fact, they act as if they're afraid of reaching their destinations, spurning an endless series of sidetracks that turns Hellman's film into a broad existential metaphor and cementing its place as one of 1970s Hollywood's bravest motion pictures.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/11/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1729
Video UPC UPC: 00715515026925
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Harry Dean Stanton
Video Cast Info James Taylor
Video Cast Info Warren Oates
Video Cast Info Dennis Wilson
Video Cast Info Laurie Bird
Video Cast Info Will Corry - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jack Deerson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Monte Hellman - Editor
Video Cast Info Michael Laughlin - Producer
Video Cast Info Rudy Wurlitzer - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Billy James - Composer
Video Cast Info Monte Hellman - Director

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...What the movie has is a feel for the road and out-of-the-way restaurants and gas stations matched by few others..." 10/15/1999 p.10E

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "As a study in obsession and emotional dislocation TWO-LANE BLACKTOP is in a class of its own." 07/01/2007 p.134

New York Times
"Mr. Hellman films the flat, empty landscapes with his eyes on the horizon line, as if he were John Ford following a wagon train on its way west." 12/18/2007

Sight and Sound
"Hellman and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer keep it as stripped down as almost anything in contemporary European art cinema -- it's both abstract and concrete." 03/01/2008 p.98

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Taylor,James
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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