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Directed by Dennis Hopper
USA 1969

 

Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson 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." Experience the real, uncensored '60s counterculture in this compelling mixture of drugs, sex, and armchair politics. In the role that catapulted him to stardom, Jack Nicholson portrays an alcoholic attorney who hooks up with two part-time, drug-dealing motorcyclists (Fonda and Hopper) in search of their "American Dream." Heading from California to New Orleans, they sample the highs and lows of America the beautiful in a stoned-out quest for life's true meaning. Nominated for an Academy Award (1969) for Best Screenplay (written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern), Easy Rider continues to touch a chord with audiences of all ages.

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If you follow the story closely in "Easy Rider," you find out it isn't there. The rough-cut of the movie reportedly ran over three hours, and Hopper edited it to a reasonable length by throwing out the story details and keeping the rest. So the heroes are suspended in an invisible story, like falcons on an invisible current of air. You can't see it, but it holds them up.

All of this divests a motorcycle movie of its weak point (the story) and develops its strong point (the role of the self-proclaimed rebel in a conformist society). It's not just bike freaks who get in trouble when they challenge the establishment -- it's everybody, even Old George.

And yet, "Easy Rider" suggests, it's not as simple as that. We almost forget that the Fonda and Hopper characters have also sold out. Victims can sell out just as well as their persecutors. They sold out because what they were trying to be was the mirror image of the rednecks in the truck, and neither life-style is healthy. And so there they were, their gas tanks stuffed full of bribes from the establishment, and you remember hearing somewhere that, in the South, "easy rider" is slang for a prostitute's lover.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 12th, 1969 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Review: Sony (UK) - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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Distribution Sony - Region FREE - 4K UHD
Runtime 1:35:33.727         
Video 1.85:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 56,773,842,981 bytes
Feature: 56,435,367,936 bytes
Video Bitrate: 53.46 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate 4K UHD:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1884 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1884 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1563 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1563 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio Czech 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio French 2166 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2166 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 2171 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2171 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Hungarian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 2172 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2172 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 2158 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2158 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio Portuguese 2257 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2257 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Russian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 2175 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2175 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

Subtitles English, English (commentary subtitles), Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Japanese None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Sony

 

1.85:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 56,773,842,981 bytes
Feature: 56,435,367,936 bytes
Video Bitrate: 53.46 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

 

Edition Details (on the included Blu-ray):

Commentary by Dennis Hopper
Easy Rider: Sharing the Cage (1:04:51)


4K Ultra HD Release Date: December 2nd, 2019
4K Ultra HD Case inside cardboard slipcase

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NOTE: The below Blu-rays and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective disc.

ADDITION: Sony 4K UHD (February 2020): Sony (UK) have transferred Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider to 4K UHD. It has HDR applied and about 20 mega-bits-per-second higher on the bitrate than the 2016 Criterion Blu-ray (compared to the Sony HERE.) There are significant differences in the palette from the previous BDs. Colors are much more vibrant with skin tones warming extensively. It's my feeling that the HDR may have been too liberally applied in this Easy Rider 4K UHD as the image, while supporting grain and detail to a very high degree can look... too bright (effecting colors), in certain sequences. The motorcycles, bandanas colors look amazing in terms of depth and being visually dynamic. We lose the yellow overlay of the BDs. I will admit that I don't know what Easy Rider looked like theatrically - this 4K UHD makes it appear very modern and 'new'. Some may appreciate that and others - not so much. I did love the textures and high degree of detail in 4K UHD. I think it's an image presentation that I need to 'live with' for a while. On my two 4K systems I think the image may be even more vibrant than the below represented screen captures. Skin tones are exceedingly warm. We do like that there are differences.

NOTE: 23 more more full resolution (3840 X 2160) 4K UHD captures for Patrons are available HERE.

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: Suspiria (software uniformly simulated HDR), Pan's Labyrinth (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Wizard of Oz,(software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shining, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Batman Returns (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Killed Killed and then The Bigfoot  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bram Stoker's Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

On their 4K UHD, Sony offer the option of a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channels or a 5.1 surround bump tracks (only 16-bit) in the original English language. Neither are overly robust (Criterion's 24-bit, with double the kbps, is much more deep and technically impacting). There are many foreign language DUBs and subtitle options identifying it as a true global release. Much of the Easy Rider experience lies in the music; Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf, The Weight – The Band, Wasn’t Born to Follow – The Byrds, San Franciscan Nights – Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Pusher – Steppenwolf, It’s Alright Ma – Roger McGuinn, Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues, Get Together – Youngbloods. It sounds excellent in the lossless if, however, a notch below the Criterion Blu-ray in terms of the songs and motorcycle engines sounds. Sony offer optional many subtitle options (including English and English for the commentary) on their Region FREE 4K UHD.

The Sony 4K UHD disc has no supplements but there is a second disc included - a Blu-ray (it has the exact same June 2009 VoB files - and is essentially the exact same Blu-ray disc.) It has the commentary by Dennis Hopper and Charles Kiselyak's, hour long, 1999 documentary Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage - Blu-ray reviewed HERE and found on digital releases as far back as the original DVD.

The lore of Easy Rider will last forever. The only advancement in the 4K UHD is the vibrant video. If that appeals to you - than you may consider indulging. I'm on the fence and need to rewatch, but as I have said that the grain and detail made me swoon. My jury is till out on the colors... it, almost, looks too good, too new, at times.

Gary Tooze

 


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