Two-Lane Blacktop (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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 a tagalong Girl (Cockfighter’s Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates’s Pontiac GTO–driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race—the prize: their cars’ pink slips. But no summary can do justice to the existential punch of Two-Lane Blacktop. With its gorgeous widescreen compositions and sophisticated look at American male obsession, this stripped-down narrative from maverick director Monte Hellman (The Shooting) is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.
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In my opinion, it is a Crime that this movie isn't A. Cheaper and B. More Available ALL Over the USA! Be sure to check out Vanishing Point 1971 & the American Grafiti Movies (yes there were a few, i.e. "More American Grafiti")!
This movie is done up in a very unique style. I would highly recommend, at least once, that you go through ALL the review on this DVD, including the second one!!! Share this movie with others, because there is a good chance they have not seen it at all or in decades! This is one of those car movies that is not all that common to come across. Other than "B movies" the only other thing I can come up with that is rare like this is "Vanishing Point 1971." It is not as rare, but it too is hard to come across! The hardest to come across would be: "WW and the Dixie Dance Kings starring Burt Reynolds 1975." As of 2015, this film has not been released on DVD or any other home video format. I was told it was on VHS tape years ago, but it is Extremely hard to find!
Two Lane Blacktop is a cool movie. It is not perfect, but it is nearly one of a kind. For the most part, the movie is all about cars, traveling on the open road, racing, ego or false sense of self (GTO and the concept of Total Freedom), and people. It is also a trip back in time to a easier era where many could and did hitch-hike. It allowed me to have a partial view of what it was like back then. Lastly, be sure to watch it a few times, as like many movies, you will pick up on different things the next time around. If you were not alive then or near then like me, watch it with someone who was as they can point out things and share their own memories of that period and those activities.
Thanks & Keep the Rubber Side DOWN if you race!
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Pretty good performances by singers Dennis Wilson and James Taylor.
Warren Oats did a good job, but his character is unlikeable.