Two-lane blacktop

Published 2007
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A car-obsessed Driver and Mechanic aimlessly head East from L.A. in a souped-up 1955 Chevy, drag racing for money and thrills. Drifting across the Southwest, they keep being buzzed by a Pontiac GTO. They are joined by The Girl after she climbs into their car while the two are eating in a diner. Later at a gas station, the three meet "GTO" and challenge him to a cross-country race to Washington, D.C. for "pink slips," where the winner will get the loser's car. Along the way, however, they keep stopping to help each other, and winning seems far from their thoughts. The road is itself a place to live, is home, not just a way to move.

Director-approved Two-DVD special edition.
2 videodiscs (103 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches.
Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital mono.
wide screen
video file
DVD video
region 1
Target Audience Note:
Canadian Home Video Rating: R.
Other Title:
2 lane blacktop
Two-lane blacktop (Motion picture) [DVD].
Title from container.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1971.
The supplements: On the road again : 'Two-lane blacktop' revisited[featurette] (43 min.) ; Make it three yards[featurette] (39 min.) ; Somewhere near Salinas[featurette] (28 min.) ; Sure did talk to you[featurette] (23 min.) ; Those satisfactions are permanent[featurette] (26 min.) ; Color me gone[slide show] -- Performance & image : [a look at the restoration of a '55 Chevy from the movie and the film's locations today][text feature with slide show] -- Trailer (3 min.). -- Booklet: includes the essays"Slow ride" by Kent Jones ; "Ten (sixteen, actually) reasons I love 'Two-lane blacktop'" /by Richard Linklater ; "On Route 66 : filming 'Two-lane blacktop'" /by Michael Goodwin.
Director of photography, Jack Deerson ; film editor, Monte Hellman ; custom auto design & construction, Richard Ruth, William Kincheloe, H. Alan Deglin ; story by Will Corry.
James Taylor (The Driver), Warren Oates (G.T.O.), Laurie Bird (The Girl), and Dennis Wilson (The Mechanic) ; with H.D. Stanton, Alan Vint, Bill Keller, Katherine Squire, George Mitchell, Kreag Caffey, A.J. Solari, Rudolph Wurlitzer, Jaclyn Hellman.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital mono.; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 2.35:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new restored high-definition digital transfer.
For private home use only.
In English with optional English subtitles ; English SDH.
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
National Film Registry selection, 2012
Disc 1: The film: Street racers ; Driver & Mechanic ; The Girl ; Three yards ; GTO ; For pinks ; "Keep a hunger on" ; Up, down, or sideways ; Boswell, OK ; No dancing ; Too much speed ; Lakeland Raceway ; No good ; Two-lane blacktop(103 min.). ; Special features: Optional audio feature commentaries [by] Monte Hellman & Allison Anders, or by Rudy Wurlitzer & David Meyer (DVD).
Disc 2:Bonus disc (DVD).
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