Two-Lane Blacktop road movie on DVD feat. James Taylor and Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys) and Grammy nomination for James Taylor Christmas album
The CD "James Taylor At Christmas" (originally released in 2006) has been nominated for the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" Grammy award. The winners of the Grammies for this year will be announced February 10th, 2008.
In addition, the movie "Two-Lane Blacktop" is released on DVD (Criterion Collection) today. This 1971 Monte Hellman road movie starring James Taylor Warren Oates and Dennis Wilson (from The Beach Boys). The two-disc set includes a new interview with James Taylor, a restored digital transfer supervised by Monte Hellman, a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack, two commentaries, outtakes and of course the original screenplay.
The story of "Two-Lane Blacktop": Drag racing east from L.A. in a souped-up 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 (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates' Pontiac GTO-driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race. The prize: their cars pink slips. Yet no summary can do justice to the existential punch of Two-Lane Blacktop. Maverick director Monte Hellman's stripped-down narrative, gorgeous widescreen compositions, and sophisticated look at American male obsession make this one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema and a great road movie.