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Easy Rider [DVD]

Peter Fonda , Dennis Hopper , László Kovács    To Be Announced   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector
  • Directors: László Kovács
  • Producers: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bert Schneider
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089MAVQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This box-office hit from 1969 was an important pioneer of the North American independent-cinema movement, and it was a generational touchstone to boot. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play hippie motorcyclists crossing the Southwest and encountering a crazy quilt of good and bad people. Jack Nicholson turns up in a significant role as an attorney who joins their quest for a while and espouses on society's inability to accept the freedom Fonda's and Hopper's characters embody. Hopper directed, essentially bringing the no-frills film-making methods of legendary, drive-in movie producer Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors) to a serious feature for the mainstream. Easy Rider can't help but look a bit dated now (a psychedelic sequence toward the end particularly doesn't hold up well), but it retains its original power, sense of daring and epochal impact. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

Product Description

Bikers Captain America (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper, who also directs) set off across America on the proceeds of a cocaine deal. En route to the New Orleans Mardi Gras festival they stop off at a hippy commune, before being arrested in Texas for joining a street parade without a licence. In jail they meet boozy civil rights lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson), who decides to join them on their odyssey. Made on a shoestring budget, 'Easy Rider' was a huge hit upon its release, and this success proved instrumental in persuading the big Hollywood studios to invest in more films from young directors.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sniff for spector! 20 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
Sorry to the people who find this film dated and badly acted, but you have no soul. This film is the epitomy of the search for freedom and an interesting statement about the beginning of the end of the hippie movement.

Though to me it was all about Shruging off you worries and hitting the road for a 'good time'.

The scene where Peter Fonda ('i'm hip about time man...') throws his watch to the ground and rides off to the sounds of steppenwolf still makes me feel 16 years old and so alive!

I don't think I need to go over the plot again but it is THE cult classic road movie. My parents (children of the sixies) brought this film home when I was in my teens (early nineties) and I was hooked from the first viewing. I didn't know films like this existed, it was an amazing thing to witness. I already enjoyed the music of the time but this film opened up, to me, a whole world of cinema from days gone by. If it wasn't for this film I wouldn't have gone looking for 'Five Easy Pieces' 'The Graduate' 'Performance' etc.... the list is endless.

Low budget films from the sixies have to be viewed with an open mind but don't let this put you off.

I would urge everybody to view this film and enjoy the feeling of searching for a new and better life - what a trip!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Long Strange Trip It's Been 28 July 2007
By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Some films captivate the zeitgeist of the American imagination so completely that they become instant cult favorites. But few such films prove potent enough to retain the favor of audiences in perpetuity. So the fact that, 35 years after the film's release, audiences around the world are still captivated by the raw vision of Easy Rider is no small accomplishment. Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are the quintessential hippie bikers. Cruising across America with a gas tank full of dope, these two dropouts are living the dream of freedom and rugged individuality. To this day, the image of Fonda and Hopper (neither of whom knew how to ride a motorcycle before making this film) careening helmetless down the open highway to the tune of Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" defines the American biker motif more clearly than any Hell's Angel could ever hope to." Bart Zeigler

"Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way" Steppenwolf- "Born To be Wild'

37 years after 'Easy Rider' was first shown, I viewed the movie again. I was prepared to think I remembered the story, the story of an American myth, with anitheroes riding from the West only this time on bikes into the evil of middle America. I thought the best thing about the film was the soundtrack. It was an important film but not a very good one. Then I watched it, and I was hooked from scene one. The film drew me in, such a very good film. Not perfect but very good. Dennis Hopper's character,was so real, the dishelveled, long-haired. I remember many people who dressed and acted just like him. He directed the film and gave the character's names Wyatt and Billy, old west names discovering new territory. The acting was natural, not self-conciuous.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your motor running 9 July 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Most of the negative reviews here criticise this movie as being dated and for idolising the waster culture - possibly related criticisms - but it's difficult to see how you could justify either except on a very cursory consideration of the film.
Easy Rider absolutely refuses to idolise the sixties ideal, and it is not to my eyes even vaguely dated (I say this having seen it for the first time last night, thirty three years late).
The golden thread running through this film is that THE PARTY'S OVER, DUDES.
Fonda states this explicitly ("we blew it...") and it's firmly implied in a devastatingly funny caricature of a dead beat hippy commune (as the city dropouts joyously commune with nature, scattering their seed on the barren land of the New Mexico desert, Fonda asks wryly, "do you, ah, get much rain up here?")
And (without wishing to spoil the ending) by the time the credits roll, our heroes haven't exactly profited from their wild lives. The ending of the film is profoundly pessimistic about the prospects for freedom and independence.
The film is certainly critical of the intolerant "establishment" (which nevertheless prevails), but if there is one character who does smell of roses, it is the farmer who takes the boys in for the night and who, says Fonda, should be proud simply for living off the land.
For my money this makes Easy Rider ahead, rather than behind its times. It's also rooted in a number of great cinematic traditions, aside from the Road Movie genre which it helped to invent. I like the idea (expressed in a review below) that this is a latter day western, even down to the character's names, Wyatt and Billy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Sounds quality is pretty good. Picture quality is much less than you'd expect for a BluRay. It is better than DVD, but if you've been spoilt by hidef transfers like Zulu then your in for disappointment. The film itself is a classic, and worthy of a place in anyones film collection. I doubt a film like this could ever be made again. It provides a great feeling of the time & culture in which it was made. Music score is brilliant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sociology at it's finest
This film is probably the greatest film of all time in term of sociology. The framework employed is that of a road trip, the objective being to showcase the diversity of lifestyles... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Moss
1.0 out of 5 stars not so nice ride
Rubbish wasn't life changing to me., still trying to work it out a very strange film, lved the monument valley bit as been there
Published 1 month ago by marilyn Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars just buy it man...
why are you reading a review? just man up and buy it. But please for the love of god don't use this film as a excuse to talk to Harley riders in petrol stations about how "your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Druggy film I saw in the 1970s and loved...
My fond memories of watching this film on telly in the early 1970s and at the NFT Southbank as a member are just lovely experience - chilled out Summer days an evenings by the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ziggystardust48
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring bits
Perhaps good when it first came out decades ago? Needs more drama. Good to see young Jack Nicholson in particular
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring boring boring
I had heard about this film for years, but I had never seen it, and as it had cult status I thought it must be good and I'd watch it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PNP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A great take on the feel of the late sixties early seventies atmosphere ... Great road story , likeable characters .... ending ???
Published 4 months ago by luikriako
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Easy Viewing Though
Drags a bit at times as it does spend a lot of time in inconsequential stoned chatter and you don't feel that much until the end for the hairy pursuers of some American Dream once... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars LIving in the past
re living the past and first bike film that I ever watched at the cinema back in the earliy seventies.
Published 5 months ago by john Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! Highly recommended.
Classic film of its generation. Great acting and it as a great message. It arrived
in perfect condition, highly recommended! Very happy with purchase.
Published 7 months ago by Andrew boneham
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