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Criterion Collection: Night Train to Munich [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Margaret Lockwood , Rex Harrison , Carol Reed    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Writers: Frank Launder, Gordon Wellesley, Sidney Gilliat
  • Producers: Edward Black
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003D3Y65G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap at twice the price 20 Aug 2010
By A. J. Bradbury VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Although "Night Train" isn't quite up to the standard of the original version of "The Lady Vanishes" (more derring do than "who done what to who?") it is still one of the best of the "Brave Britons Outsmarting Swinish Foreigners" films of the period.

It benefits from the presence of Margaret Lockwood, who plays her part with the same conviction that she showed in "The Lady Vanishes"; Rex Harrison, as the dashing spy; and the ultra-British Charters and Caldicott, again acting with self-effacing bravery in the face of the enemy as they desperately try to get home in time to see a cricket match.

For some people this kind of film may seem hopelessly stereotyped and old-fashioned. But if you tend to enjoy British films of the 1940s, and especially if you've enjoyed "The Lady Vanishes", this is an absolute "must".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun against dramatic backdrop 6 Sep 2010
Harrison and Lockwood are very good, as is Paul Henreid with his name mis-spelt in the credits. The film is reminiscent of THE LADY VANISHES but not quite as good. Still, super fun with Harrison in top form and with a couple of clever twists that make it a worthwhile watch. The major downside is that copy quality is sub-standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Professor Vanishes - or tries to... 17 Nov 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Now rarely revived and often dismissed as a bit of derivative Lady Vanishment when it is - it not only stars Margaret Lockwood but even includes Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as the cricket-mad Charters and Caldicott and shares the same screenwriters - it's not too hard to see why Carol Reed's Night Train to Munich was such a big hit in the still-free world in 1940. It's unashamedly a propaganda picture, but one with wit, a decent plot and a good cast even if it doesn't have Hitchcock's gift for suspense. Having escaped from a concentration camp with Czech teacher Paul Henreid (still billed as Pal Von Hernreid) to be reunited with her refugee scientist father, Lockwood's saviour turns out to be a Nazi spy sent to arrange her escape so they can kidnap the old man and get his new armour-plating formula. So, having fallen down on the job once, Rex Harrison's secret service man (first seen working his cover as a seaside song peddler) decides to pop over to Germany to kidnap him back before war can be declared. A few bluffs and romantic masquerades later they're on the train of the title, along with Charters and Caldicott and Henreid's increasingly suspicious spy, cueing the expected but still enjoyable complications en route to a cable car climax that sees Rex Harrison get a 29-year head start on Richard Burton in the jumping-from-cablecar-to-cablecar stakes... Read more ›
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
A fabulous spy film boasting top draw scripting, and supreme direction.

Carol Reed is a truly wonderful director, his CV boasts the likes of The Third Man, Oliver and Odd Man Out, all great films for sure, which only makes it more infuriating that a gem like Night Train To Munich is incredibly hard to get hold of. I have only managed to catch it myself because of the unearthing of VHS tapes long thought to have been lost years ago, and it's just like finding hidden treasure I tell you! Based on a story by Gordon Wellesley, and scripted by the adroitly talented teaming of Sydney Gilliat/Frank Launder, Night Train To Munich is a lesson in how to not over blow your subject, all the sequences flow without boring the viewer, with Reed astutely approaching the material with subtlety instead of blunderbuss bluster.

Another highlight of the movie to me is that it could have so easily been a propaganda bore, the Germans being the devil incarnate, but here it feels that an equality of characterisations was the order of the day. Something that many other genre pieces lost sight of further down the line. Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood and Paul Henreid are all excellent here, whilst wonderful comedic relief comes courtesy of Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford's English cricketers (fans of The Lady Vanishes will identify right away). Although this picture is script driven above all else, the action sequences are a joy to behold, with the final third of the picture an unadulterated pleasure, spies and stooges, plants and treachery, oh it's all here folks, enjoy--if you can get it that is! 9/10

Footnote: Now available on Region 1 DVD. Hooray!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Night Train To Munich 14 Dec 2010
I am pleased to get this film, the quality of the film is very good to say it was made in 1939 & the acting is very good, i find the older films are better than the present day
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