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Old 10-15-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Monte Hellman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Hellman, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
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
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PLUS: Rudy Wurlitzer’s screenplay, reprinted specially for this release; new essay by Kent Jones, appreciations by Richard Linklater and Tom Waits; and a reprint of the 1970 Rolling Stone article “On Route 66, Filming Two-Lane Blacktop”; ; the DVD edition also features Wurlitzer’s screenplay

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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This is stellar news!! Day one for me! I already own the limited edition numbered tin box DVD with commemorative keychain. Will gladly buy this.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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Hurray. Though this is yet another situation where an import release (UK Masters of Cinema) has unique worthwhile extras, so big fans will need to splurge on both.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:22 AM   #4
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Definitly the standout of the January lineup for me. Rented this without expecting much, mainly just for my Dad to watch, becuase most "car movies" don't really appeal to me. To my pleasent surprise, it was definitly very existential and deep. Thus, my Dad ended up being the disappointed one.

As with most Criterion titles, probably not a Day 1 for me, but definitly a sale pickup.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:04 AM   #5
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I'm curious as to what the packaging is going to be like on this one. The 2007 DVD from Criterion included the screenplay, etc. and came in a remarkably bulky box which I wasn't too keen on, so I kept the Anchor Bay DVD I had. I'm hoping this will be like the Sweet Smell of Success blu which is a digipack "wrapped" around a thick booklet but is still quite compact.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:05 AM   #6
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Gonna suck that this will have to be a July sale purchase at B&N, unless there's an earlier, comparable sale.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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Review, paragraph seven below first picture, you knew he'd get there eventually...
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:57 AM   #8
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Will this go down by release week? I'd like to get it for my Dad, but I'm not going to pay $34.99 for it....
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I liked this and Vanishing Point a great deal, but not enough to want to own them, yet.
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It's not a safe blind buy, Ray Jackson.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:39 PM   #12
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This is a wonderful, haunting film that's one of the highlights of the '70s. Just beautiful.
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:48 PM   #13
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I think this is one of those films where you find new things every time you view, hence it's very re-watchable. That said though, it's not for everybody's taste.
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My curiosity is getting piqued after reading these comments. I already have this in my collection on one format or another, but I let it slip thru the cracks and never played it.

I like coming across these reminders to watch something I own, but have since forgotten about. What film would pair well with this one for a double feature? I like to watch movies in pairs.
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My curiosity is getting piqued after reading these comments. I already have this in my collection on one format or another, but I let it slip thru the cracks and never played it.

I like coming across these reminders to watch something I own, but have since forgotten about. What film would pair well with this one for a double feature? I like to watch movies in pairs.
The aforementioned Vanishing Point, Easy Rider or Little Fauss & Big Halsey would make a good double-features with this film.
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I have all of those except for Little Fauss & Big Halsey (never heard of that one until now); added it to my wishlist.

Thanks for the recommendation. I think I will watch Vanishing Point and Two-Lane Blacktop tonight. Should one be watched before the other?
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I have all of those except for Little Fauss & Big Halsey (never heard of that one until now).

Thanks for the recommendation. I think I will watch Vanishing Point and Two-Lane Blacktop tonight. Should one be watched before the other?
Not really, no. Maybe watch TLB first in case you don't like it, you can cleanse your pallet with VP.
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Does anyone have a strong opinion as to why the girl
[Show spoiler]ditched them in the end?

Do you think she was just bored, or was starting to feel something for James Taylor that she wasn't comfortable with?
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The girl to sort of quote a Fleetwood Mac song.. " Packing up and Shacking up..."

[Show spoiler]She was just always on the move to survive and go with the flow and probably gets bored easily and perhaps the new faded with hanging with Taylor and Wilson. She was a free spirit.


Its a period and time that is far gone. I love the pace of this film and the sparse dialogue. Its all about the mood for sure one of the greatest film time pieces of that era.
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The girl to sort of quote a Fleetwood Mac song.. " Packing up and Shacking up..."

[Show spoiler]She was just always on the move to survive and go with the flow and probably gets bored easily and perhaps the new faded with hanging with Taylor and Wilson. She was a free spirit.


Its a period and time that is far gone. I love the pace of this film and the sparse dialogue. Its all about the mood for sure one of the greatest film time pieces of that era.
I must be dense or just really just missed the point of this movie, a friend recommended i pick it up because we were discussing other motor head type/road adventure flicks and as i had just picked up Vanishing Point and totally loved it and love counter culture stuff like Easy Rider, he suggested this movie to me and i blind bought it.... Easily the biggest disappointment i can recall in my overzealous buying binges the last 3 years since I switched to Blu. Wait, i did enjoy Oates performance to and extent (always enjoy WO in anything he was in), but otherwise this was completely wasted $ for me, need to throw mine up on ebay after the B&N sale ends.
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