Excerpt: Two posthumous bits of Kerouacian literature appeared in 2007. The less interesting one was a fiftieth anniversary edition of On the Road . The vast majority of books released each year go out of print within the decade, so fifty years of continuous publication is pretty impressive. More significant was the release of On the Road: The Original Scroll .
Conclusion: The lengthy struggle to bring an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel "On the Road" to the screen finally ended with this Walter Salles-directed drama. Francis Ford Coppola personally selected Salles for the job, and the Brazilian director does an adequate if imperfect job directing his ensemble cast, which includes Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams and Kirsten Dunst.
Summary: Nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Brazilian director Walter Salles' "On the Road" (2012) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate Films-UK. The supplemental features on the disc include a gallery of stills from the different locations visited by Sam Riley and six deleted scenes. In English, with optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. Region-B "locked".
Excerpt: There are many classic American works of literature whose subject matters lend themselves to movie adaptations. On The Road is definitely not one of them. Partially populated by transient supporting characters and paced by rambling journeys with little more than vague, easily altered itineraries, On The Road is, even to its biggest fans, a bit of a hot mess.
Excerpt: There are three On The Road s, really. There’s the novel Jack Kerouac finished in 1951, telling the story of rootless young renegades Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, who crisscross the country taking drugs, screwing prodigiously, listening to jazz, and plunging headlong into unconventionality.
Summary: Jack Kerouac’s seminal road trip novel was never going to make for an easy screen adaptation. Written in one breath with the rambling fuel of a methamphetamine buzz, it was arguably a novel with more style than substance, more philosophy than plot and more uppers, so to speak, than downers.