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Runaway Train [DVD]

Jon Voight , Eric Roberts , Andrey Konchalovskiy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan
  • Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy
  • Writers: Edward Bunker, Akira Kurosawa, Djordje Milicevic, Hideo Oguni, Paul Zindel
  • Producers: Henry T. Weinstein
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063KIN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Originally to be an Akira Kurosawa vehicle, Andrei Konchalovsky's second US feature stars Jon Voight as a prisoner on the run from a maximum security prison, who finds himself and his fellow escapee (Eric Roberts) caught on a runaway train that no-one is willing to stop. Initially he tries to jump from the speeding train but is persuaded to stay on board by Sara (Rebecca de Mornay), a railway employee. But this is when things take a turn as he decides that if he is going to die with the train, and the rest of the passengers are to be saved, it will be on his terms only.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece remastered 29 Sep 2013
By orvuus
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LAST TRAIN FOR OBLIVION - BOARD NOW! 8 July 2008
Hard to believe this movie is over 20 years old - I remember seeing it when it was first released and then, as now, was minded that there has never been any other "out of control train" film quite like this one.You actually feel that you are on this metal monster as it powers on through the Alaskan wilderness. Jon Voight gives a great performance and is ably supported by Eric Roberts, who although a little 'hammy', settles in as the plot moves on. The other actors all play their parts well, particularly the hardened prison warden, Rankin (though he does look a bit like Dick Dastardly in the final scenes!). All in all an extremely well made film.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Plank42
Format:VHS Tape
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway train blue ray and dvd.
This is a great release of this film, it also as the dvd of the film as well with this blue ray
release and the dvd version is a anamorphic release which all the other... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great classic
Published 2 months ago by martin woodall
3.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Train
Old film , great film actors from the past, plot not to bad and the action was quite good. worth a watch.
Published 9 months ago by clifton watson
4.0 out of 5 stars 'FREEDOM'
Two prisoners escape the high-security prison in Alaska, it's the middle
of winter.
the two walk miles in blizzard conditions until they reach a rail depot
where... Read more
Published 12 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars About time...
...this rare gem gets the HD treatment. Excellent transfer and audio. The best it has ever looked. Well done, Arrow Video.
Published 12 months ago by Mario Quimiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Train - the quintessential existential action thriller
Runaway Train is an incredible and unique film. A three-times Oscar nominated quick-paced action movie with an existential script but financed by the same cheap-tat label that... Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Demon Pazuzu
5.0 out of 5 stars A Runaway Success!
This riveting thriller grabs you within the first few minutes and doesn't let go for the entire running time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by TheHarlowBoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Konchalowsky film
...or whatever his name is. A perfect movie, full of drama, tension, action, real characters and motivations. A breathtaking tragedy.
Published 13 months ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars top movie
this is for the blu ray, arrow video has done a good job with this blu ray it looks like it was made this year, the transfer and sound are fab, a good action movie from the 80,s... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pamela
4.0 out of 5 stars Kurosawa and Konchalovsky roll a runaway train all the way through the...
This is a powerful and original action/adventure thriller, masterfully filmed and with great actors - but also with some scenario elements which I did not entirely like. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maciej
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