Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Return Of Two-Lane Blacktop

One of my favorite American films is getting the deluxe treatment this Christmas courtesy of Criterion. Here are the specs from the Criterion Collection website for their upcoming two disc set of Monte Hellman's amazing TWO LANE BLACKTOP.

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Monte Hellman
- Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
- Two audio commentaries; one by Hellman and filmmaker Allison Anders, and one by screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer and author David Meyer
- New interviews with Hellman, star James Taylor, musician Kris Kristofferson, producer Michael Laughlin, and production manager Walter Coblenz

- Rare, never-before-seen screen-test outtakes
- Performance and Image: a look at the restoration of a '55 Chevy from the movie and the film's locations today
- Color Me Gone: photos and publicity from Two-Lane Blacktop
- Original theatrical trailer
- PLUS: Rudy Wurlitzer's screenplay, reprinted specially for this release; new essays 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."

It looks like the documentary and the original Hellman commentary from the out of print Anchor Bay disc are missing but otherwise this looks to be one of the most extraordinary releases of the year. I am especially excited to hear Taylor talk on the film and Wurlitzer's commentary.
The photos here are some of my favorite shots of the cast. They are taken from the Anchor Bay booklet that came with the limited edition tin of the film...looking at these incredible shots, it strikes me that only James Taylor survives from the original iconic cast...Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird and the mighty Warren Oates are all greatly missed.


Neil Sarver said...

I love this movie. This looks like an amazing set.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Neil,
This is going to be one of the great releases of the year...I can't wait.

Anonymous said...

I can`t wait to hear james taylor`s views on TLB,and it is said that james taylor wrote "riding on a railroad" from mud slide slim album while filming two lane blacktop,I CAN`T WAIT!

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