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Easy Rider [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector
  • Directors: Dennis Hopper
  • Producers: Peter Fonda, Bert Schneider, Bob R. A. Felson
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Experience the real '60s counterculture in this compelling mixture of drugs, sex and armchair politics. Academy Award®-winner Jack Nicholson (Best Actor, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975; Best Supporting Actor, Terms of Endearment, 1983; Best Actor, As Good As It Gets, 1997) stars with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper (who also directs) in this unconventional classic which Time Magazine hails as "one of the ten most important pictures of the decade." Nominated for an Academy Award® (1969) for Best Original Screenplay (written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern), EASY RIDER continues to touch a chord with fans everywhere.

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This box-office hit from 1969 is an important pioneer of the American independent cinema movement, and 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 awhile and articulates society's problem with freedom as Fonda's and Hopper's characters embody it. Hopper directed, essentially bringing the no-frills filmmaking methods of legendary, drive-in movie producer Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors) to a serious feature for the mainstream. The film 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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2007
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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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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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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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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