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Midnight Express [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Brad Davis , Irene Miracle , Alan Parker    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Billy Hayes, Oliver Stone, William Hoffer
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, David Puttnam, Peter Guber
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2009
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FAG4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Forever embroiled in controversy, Midnight Express divides viewers into opposing camps: those who think it's one of the most intense real-life dramas ever made, and those who loathe its manipulative tactics and alteration of facts for the exploitative purpose of achieving a desired effect. That effect is powerfully achieved, regardless of how you may feel about director Alan Parker and Oscar®-winning screenwriter Oliver Stone's interpretation of the story of Billy Hayes. It was the American Hayes--played by the late Brad Davis in an unforgettable performance--who was caught smuggling two kilograms of hashish while attempting to board a flight from Istanbul, Turkey, in 1970. He was sentenced to four years in a hellish Turkish prison on a drug possession charge, but his sentence was later extended (though not by 30 years, as the film suggests), and Hayes endured unthinkable brutality and torture before his escape in 1975.

Unquestionably, this is a superbly crafted film, provoking a visceral response that's powerful enough to boil your blood. By the time Hayes erupts in an explosion of self-defensive violence, Parker and Stone have proven the power--and danger--of their skill. Their film is deeply manipulative, extremely xenophobic, and embellishes reality to heighten its calculated impact. Is that a crime? Not necessarily, and there's no doubt that Midnight Express is expertly directed and blessed with exceptional supporting performances (especially from John Hurt as a long-term prisoner). Still, it's obvious that strings are being pulled, and Parker, while applying his talent to a nefarious purpose, is a masterful puppeteer. --Jeff Shannon

Synopsis

Midnight Express tells the harrowing story of a young American tourist arrested and sentenced to 30 years in prison by Turkish authorities for trying to smuggle two kilos of hashish out of the country. Billy (Brad Davis), suffering through the harsh realities of the Turkish penal system, sees a glimmer of hope when his father (Billy Kellin) arrives from the States with the intention of securing his son's release. But when that effort fails and the prison's savage environment becomes too much to bear, Billy opts for the only possible solution: breaking out of jail and riding the midnight express--prison slang for escape--to freedom.
Director Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning), aided by Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning script, fastens an unflinching gaze into the darkest recesses of physical and emotional cruelty. Supporting cast members Randy Quaid, John Hurt, and Bo Hopkins give stellar performances, and Giorgio Moroder supplies a jagged yet entrancing soundtrack for a film that is at one and the same time a Kafkaesque nightmare, a riveting expose, and a testament to the dogged human thirst for dignity.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and harrowing! 27 Jun 2013
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"Midnight Express" is very well made: It's haunting, harrowing and brutal.

It's in the Sony Collectors series, which are the ones that are supposed to be deemed relevant as classics. "Midnight Express" has a vey adult theme and some scenes are shocking to watch, with the nasty prison guard taking out horrific acts of violence on the convicted. It's a strong prison drama, intelligently made. If you like films like "The Shawshank Redemption" about escaping from prisons, then you are sure to like this. This is a true story though, so the main bulk of events actually took place in real life.

The actors are fantastic in this film as well, making it all the more brilliant. The main man plays his role perfectly, showing us how Billy Hayes slowly descended into madness, from an unruly decision. It's a powerful film, every aspect of it was delivered with style and it was thought-provoking. The power of the film was derived from the horror of something that could happen in real life, as this did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie and blu ray 3 Nov 2011
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First off, the movie is a classic. Great movie, acting etc.

The Blu Ray too has a great audio commentary which Alan Parker the director goes into great detail on the making of the movie. Excellent stuff.

The video and audio on the Blu Ray is top notch for 30 year old movie.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This movie will have you gripped in suspense from start to finish: A (fairly) true story of an American college kid, William 'Billy' Hayes, trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey, but getting caught and sentenced to life in a Turkish prison, serving a few (very tough) years before making a miraculous escape all the way back to the (good ole) USA.
Without a doubt, the director achieves a great feat of film making with this movie; you feel like you are right 'there', in Billy's shoes, as he tries to pass customs & security to get on the plane with his undeclared goods, and right there in Turkey - you can almost smell the place. With godfathers of acting, such as John Hurt & Randy Quaid, staring in this movie, it delivers all that's promised, and more, and you will feel proud having this one among your 'classic' collection any day.
The only downside to the movie is that it is a bit hypocritical of the book e.g. In the film we see homosexuality rife in the Turkish Prison, which it is, but we see Billy tempted with it, then his strong (American) morals kick-in and he walks away from it. But the truth is much more moving & meaningful...
But, the blatant hypocrisy of the storyline isn't enough to mar the excellence of the movie. Enjoy...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I love prison escape films like shawshank redemption and especially true prison escapes like Escape from Alcatraz and Midnight Express. This film isn't an accurate account of the story but still a very good film. I would definately reccommend it.
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Midnight Express [1978] [Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] IT’S ALL ABOUT NEVER GIVING UP HOPE!

Midnight Express is the harrowing story of Billy Hayes [Brad Davis], a young American tourist condemned to a Turkish prison for his futile attempt to smuggle hashish out of the country. A victim of ineffectual diplomacy, where Billy Hayes is made an example by a corrupt legal system. Sentenced to 30 years and must overcome some ruthless brutality and his own descent into madness in order to survive and hopefully escape.

‘Midnight Express’ is powerfully directed by Alan Parker, who inspires searing performances from Brad Davis, John Hurt and Randy Quaid. It is an unforgettable look at one of the most dangerous prisons in the world, and one man’s fight to get home.

FILM FACT: ‘Midnight Express’ won Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score for Giorgio Moroder and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for Oliver Stone. It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for John Hurt. Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture for Alan Parker. The film was also entered into the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.[

Cast: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raw emotion 13 Feb 2011
By iannw57
Format:Blu-ray
My recollection of this film from seeing it on first release in uk was a little
remote a few years(33) have passed but this film stands the time well, not just great location atmospheric shots but mainly it was how powerfull the cast were in the portrayal of this story. Not for the squemish, fashion changes but a quality performance all round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product. 24 Aug 2013
By Arijit
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Excellent product.Like this anniversary special edition though technically speaking there is nothing special about it.Hardly any new extra feature.The remastering is great though.Good buy end of the day.
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