DVD Release: End of the Road

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $19.97
Studio: Warner


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James Earl Jones (l.) looks into Stacy Keach's condition in End of the Road.

A cinematic counter-culture milestone, the 1970 comedy-drama cult film End of the Road resonated with members and fans of the counter-culture movement and was viewed as controversial and even shocking at the time of its release.

The film focuses on Jacob Horner (Stacy Keach, The Long Riders), a recent graduate of Ivy-league university. Graduation doesn’t appear to have set Jacob along on any specific path, as we first see him waiting on the platform of a New England train station in a catatonic state. Standing there for days without moving like a human sculpture, he’s an art installation of sort representing broken promise. Doctor D (James Earl Jones, Cry, The Beloved Country) soon discovers him and takes him back to “the farm of psychic remobilization.” After being ‘cured,’ Horner takes a job as an English lecturer at a nearby college and begins an affair with Rennie (Dorothy Tristan, Klute), the wife of a colleague (Harris Yulin, Scarface). It’s an affair that doesn’t end well…

Based on the novel by John Barth and directed by innovative filmmaker Aram Avakian (Jazz on a Summer’s Day) and co-written by Avakian, Dennis McGuire (Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue) and Terry Southern ( Barbarella), the R-rated End of the Road was and is considered a groundbreaking art house film with strong anti-establishment sensibilities.

The debuting DVD contains a short documentary produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Haywire)  which tells the story of how the film was made and the legacy it’s garnered over the past four decades.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.