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Product details

  • Actors: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay
  • Directors: Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CKE298A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DESPERATE AND DETERMINED TO SURVIVE

Two convicts break out of Stonehaven Prison in the dead of winter, boarding a freight train with the intention of getting as far away as possible before their notoriously sadistic warden finds out. But the brakes fail and the driver has a heart attack, sending hundreds of tons of metal hurtling through the snowy Alaskan wastes at terrifying and unstoppable speed.

Based on a script by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), with hardboiled prison slang added by real-life ex-con Edward Bunker (Mr Blue in Reservoir Dogs), this riveting thriller also boasts Oscar-nominated performances from Jon Voight and Eric Roberts with Voight playing spectacularly against type as a criminal so vicious that he served much of his sentence welded into his cell.

Combining electrifying action with constant psychological tension (the only surviving member of the train crew is a young, inexperienced woman), Runaway Train is one of cinema's great thrill-rides.

Special Features:

  • High Definition transfer of the film prepared by MGM for the Cannes Classics Film Festival premiere
  • High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • From Thespian to Fugitive Star Jon Voight shares his memories of his Academy Award-nominated role
  • Running on Empty An Interview with director Andrei Konchalovsky
  • The Calm Before the Chaos Co-star Kyle T. Heffner remembers Runaway Train
  • Original Trailer
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Brooke and a new interview with Runaway Trains Production Designer Stephen Marsh conducted by Calum Waddell, illustrated with rare behind-the-scenes production images

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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    This movie may be a bit difficult to get into -- the first part of the movie seems a dreary prison story, and the characters are almost stereotypical, seemingly. It is due to the acting of Eric Roberts and Jon Voigt that one can get through this part. Then, when they manage to hop a train, things get rolling, literally. The 2nd, and main, act of the movie involves the drama inside and outside the train, and this is skillfully done, so that we stay intrigued in these characters. The final act, in my mind, is the final ride of the train, which raises existential questions about freedom and self worth. Make sure to keep the volume up loud, as the music here becomes an actor in its own right -- the movie ends beautifully with the music rising up to its full height.

    I first watched this on TV, and even then it was effective. Frustratingly it has never been remastered properly in the U.S. One of the reasons I bought a region-free blu ray player is to watch this and other movies from Arrow -- they have produced a beautifully remastered blu ray: the video makes the movie spring to life (even in the previously murky looking prison scenes) and the audio is outstoundingly clear and powerful. As usual with Arrow, there are also interesting and plentiful extras.

    You must see this! Then you will understand why this film has so many quotable lines, even though they sound illiterate in plain text, such as when Eric Roberts' character states, "I thought you was my friend" and "You was a hero," spoken in a mournful voice. A young Rebecca Demornay also does an excellent job as a terrified yet sensible railroad employee. Thank you, Arrow!
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    The story of a breakout from a prison in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of winter, which then involves a train is not necessarily the first film most people would choose to go and see.
    However, throw in Jon Voigt as the mad "not going back" violent psychopath lifer, Eric Roberts as the dumb kid you fell in with the wrong sort of people and Rebecca De Mornay as the love interest, looking very plain (but you can never hide those eyes) and you have a very well acted film.
    Then, add a dash of a train without a driver, a train which is going at full tilt, and then, may be add a mad prison guard hell bent on retrieving his charges and you have a movie that will take you on a train journey unlike any put onto celluloid before.
    This is not an action movie, more a movie with a brain, great acting, great suspense, great thrills, and an ending that you should just see.
    Movies are meant to change your view on the world, take you to a new place. This does all of that and more.
    Treat yourself to this masterpiece, you deserve it.
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    Based on a screenplay originally by Akira Kurosawa and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, this is a harrowing yet strangely moving film. At first sight it's uncompromisingly grim, as it depicts the violence and hopelessness endemic in the prison from which dangerous convict Oscar `Manny' Manheim (Jon Voight) and his not-so-dangerous (in fact rather dumb) fellow convict Buck (Eric Roberts) escape into the snowy wilderness of Alaska. They stow away on board a goods train at a remote station, but as it pulls out of the station the driver has a heart attack and falls from the cabin. The train becomes a runaway which cannot be stopped by the usual process because the automated brakes have failed. It barrels on through the bleak Alaskan landscape, and the only way it can be stopped is for the railway dispatchers to divert and deliberately derail it. But they don't realise that there are people aboard - not just Manny and Buck but railway worker Sara (Rebecca de Mornay)...

    Jon Voight gives a superb performance as Manny, hard and dangerous, yet with a kind of morality at his core that is lacking in the sadistic warden, Rankin, who pursues Manny relentlessly, risking - and eventually forfeiting - his own life in the process. One of the film's most memorable scenes is where Manny tries to persuade Buck not to waste his life in criminal activities, but to get a job - even the most menial of jobs - and do it to the best of his ability. Buck asks Manny if he could do that and Manny says quietly, with sadness and a hint of despair, `I wish I could.
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    I first saw this film as a young boy in the late 80's and didn't see it again for over ten years, i never forgot the film and it fascinates me even now it is a true film legend that always needs to be seen. Jon Voigt pulled of the most amazing acting i have ever seen, Will always be my number 1 film. Runaway Train
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    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    This is really a great movie, somewhat stylized in places, but in general a terrific metaphoric ride. The rendition of the main two characters (the convicts) is full of pathos, truth and sentimentality. Yes, these guys are hard nuts, but in essence we are witnessing what amounts to a Greek tradedy unfold here. The climatic relentless elements verses man and man verses man is terrifically paced, and hovering around presides the the notion of technology as a means of lifting these burdens from the sholders of men is proved fruitless in the ultimate test and challenge, which is really a battle of spirits.
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