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Two-Lane Blacktop Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1971 | 102 min | Rated R | Jan 08, 2013

Two-Lane Blacktop (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English SDH

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 5.0 of 55.0
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Two-Lane Blacktop

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Two-Lane Blacktop Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

The Driver and The Mechanic are two car freaks driving a 1955 Chevy throughout the southwestern U.S. looking for other cars to race. They are totally dedicated to The Car and converse with each other only when necessary. At a gas station, The Driver and The Mechanic, along with a girl who has ingratiated herself into their world, meet G.T.O., a middle-aged man who fabricates stories about his exploits. It is decided to have a race to Washington, D.C., where the winner will get the loser's car. Along the way, the race and the highway metaphorically depict the lives of these contestants as they struggle to their destination.

For more about Two-Lane Blacktop and the Two-Lane Blacktop Blu-ray release, see Two-Lane Blacktop Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson, Harry Dean Stanton
Director: Monte Hellman

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Two-Lane Blacktop Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.36:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"Supervised by director Monte Hellman, this high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit 2K from a 35mm four-perforation interpositive made from the original Techniscope two-perforation camera negative. Thousands of instances of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image System's Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Transfer supervisors: Monte Hellman; Maria Palazzola.
Colorists: Doug Drake/Universal Studios, Los Angeles; Greg Garvin/Modern Videofilm, Los Angeles."

The restored high-definition transfer used for this release, which was supervised by director Monte Hellman, appears to have originated from the same source Eureka Entertainment had access to when they prepared their release of this cult American film. Criterion's high-definition transfer, however, is definitely more satisfying. Depth, in particular, is a lot better, both during close-ups and larger panoramic shots, due to the fact that the filtering corrections that could be spotted on the Eureka Entertainment release are not easy to see here. Definition is also marginally better, though it is obvious to me that the master from which the transfer was struck actually has its limitations (compare screencapture #2 with screencapture #1 from the Eureka Entertainment release). Furthermore, some light noise is present here, but I think that it is preferable to the flatter and filtered image (compare screencapture #19 with screencapture #3 from the Eureka Entertainment release). Color reproduction is decent, but during some of the daylight sequences it becomes obvious that color saturation could be better. Edge-enhancement is not a serious issue of concern. Also, there are no large debris, damage marks, warps, and stains. All in all, Criterion's presentation of Two-Lane Blacktop is clearly superior, as it boasts a more convincing organic look, but it is obvious to me that in certain areas there is still some room for improvement. This being said, I doubt a better release of Two-Lane Blacktop will emerge somewhere else so this should be the one to invest in. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Two-Lane Blacktop Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 1.0 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.

Dynamic movement is definitely better on the supervised by director Monte Hellman 5.1 track. During the racing sequences, in particular, depth is clearly better. During the rest of the film, however, there are mostly random nature sounds and noises, so do not expect to hear any dramatic improvements in dynamic intensity or substantial surround effects. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. I personally prefer to view this film with the original mono track, which in my opinion also opens up the film quite well.



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