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Subway [DVD]

Christopher Lambert , Isabelle Adjani , Luc Besson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer, Michel Galabru, Jean-Hugues Anglade
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Alain Le Henry, Marc Perrier, Pierre Jolivet, Sophie Schmit
  • Producers: François Ruggieri, Louis Duchesne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YVG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An early work from director Luc Besson, Subway is a dark and highly stylised picture which concerns an enigmatic safecracker (Christopher Lambert) hiding out in the Paris Metro system. While living in the underground and eluding both gangsters and Metro police he meets up with a group of colourful and quirky subterranean inhabitants eager to help him and start a rock band. All the while the safecracker blackmails a rich woman (Isabelle Adjani) with whom he is in love. Meant to be a tongue-in-cheek commentary on urban life, the film works better as a light freewheeling entertainment, with well-constructed fast-paced action sequences and a breezy sense of humour about itself. Subway is an intriguing diversion and a chance to see the cutting-edge of contemporary French moviemaking. --Robert Lane

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Set in Paris, the film stylishly portrays life underground for the denizens of the Metro. Christopher Lambert plays a thief who robs a house and hides out in the subway, only to discover a huge subculture existing under the Paris streets.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet memories of the Camden Plaza 31 July 2003
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I saw this film when it was first released at the Camden Plaza (now a video shop, sadly, but back in 1985, it showed all of the Artificial Eye and other foreign and arthouse releases) uncountable times and though I haven't seen it since, it made an indelible mark on my consiousness and there are sections which I can still quote and smile over.
It is about a man, Fred played by Christopher Lambert, who loves birthdays and hates safes and who, while hiding out in the Paris Metro, meets an assortment of oddball characters and falls in love with Isabelle Adjani and who wouldn't!
It is simple, funny, sweet and innocent in a sort of post punk way and is quite the best thing that Christpher Lambert has ever done IMHO.
It is also a must for anyone who melts into mush at the sound of Rickie Lee Jones' dulcet tones. The setting of 'Lucky Guy' is just gorgeous.
It is a perfect film for all the incurable romantics out there and anyone who wants an escape from the toils of everyday life into a fairy tale world that never existed, will never exist but wouldn't it be lovely if it did.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "It's Only Mystery But I Like It" 16 Sep 2009
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Subway is my favourite film of all time, the action, fluidity of it, and the new-wave look is just so cool, so when I heard they were going to put it on Blu-Ray I was very excited, maybe a little too much, as I was expecting great things. I feel a bit disappointed with it to be honest, but first lets talk about the film for those who don't know it.

Fred is a hipster who loves cracking safes, and just likes birthdays. He meets Helena, a beautiful bourgeois woman who lives outside Paris, and falls in love with her. When he's at her home he blow up a safe and steals some important papers which belong to her husband. He has to flee, and to the metro system he goes, and meets all sorts of bizarre characters he'd never expect to be living in the subway.

This is a fantastic film, beautifully crafted by Luc Besson, and captured beautifully by Carlo Varini, who has made good work of the cinematography, with it's stylish look and nouvelle vague style. The whole movie is just so cool and modern, but does look a bit dated today. He captures the metro system as I remember it, and the tunnels are nice and dark like they are in real life. Both Isabelle and Christophe are amazing in this, and should have got awards for their work, especially Christophe for his moody portrayal of Fred, and Jean-Pierre Bacri for his role as Batman. Those of you eagle eyed will notice Luc Besson's driving the metro when the roller jumps over the rails!

The Blu-Ray is disappointing - I was really hoping for better, the colours are good but not the best and the sound isn't the best - my old Sony DVD was better than this sound wise. The image does look more human, but I have noticed colours come in and out of the picture. The bitrate is good though, 30MB/s VC, but the LPCM 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At the time, a huge box-office hit in its native France - and as a result of the rising popularity of lead actors Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani, something of a cult film in the UK - Subway (1985) was seen as a companion piece to Jean Jacques Beineix's earlier art-house classic, Diva (1981). Together, these two films can be seen as both the development and the continuation of the concerns and preoccupations of the then-newly dubbed "cinema du look" movement; a brief cinematic resurgence in French cinema that saw a younger generation of filmmakers looking back to the days of Godard, Truffaut and the Nouvelle Vague, and combining that sense of playful experimentation with elements of early 80's pop culture. It would be the film that finally introduced director Luc Besson to a wider commercial audience outside of the confines of the French art-house, and really - when looked at as part of the natural progression of his career - seems light years away from his first film, the wordless science fiction parable, Le Dernier Combat/The Last Battle (1983).

The characteristics of the cinema du look movement involved preoccupations with doomed love and alienated Parisian youth, applied to a plot that was both cool and iconic. This can be seen quite clearly in Subway, with its mixture of film noir conventions, pop music, subterranean youth-culture, action and broad attempts at humour.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stylish and fun 25 Nov 2009
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After a typically wild and funny car chase from French master Luc Besson, the protagonist heads underground into the Paris Metro, never to emerge for the duration of the picture. And, after being chased by thugs, he then heads behind-the-scenes, as it were, to the non-public areas of the vast system where he meets the denizens of a complex subterranean culture. This is the premise of Besson's wonderful early film, Subway.

Mr. Besson sets the stage in this one for his action series, Taxi, complete with loveable characters, villains, fast edits, fast action, great actors working in ensemble. First among these is Christophe Lambert, fresh off his success as Tarzan so he is suitably athletic, young and achingly handsome in a blonde punk haircut. His character, Fred, has fallen for Isabelle Adjani as Elena -- and who can blame him? Her slow entrance, down a staircase in the subway in a glorious cocktail dress of gray silk, is full of portent for the fun to come. Elena had invited Fred to her house for a party, where he promptly blew the safe (because he 'can't stand safes'), stole papers, and he is now pursued by her not-so-nice husband and his henchmen.

Other inhabitants of the underground world include Jean-Hugues Anglade as a thief on skates, Jean Reno as a drummer in the band Fred wants to manage, and a host of recognizeable French character actors obviously delighted to work with Besson.

Mr. Lambert's French is perfect, though born American, because he was raised in Switzerland by his diplomat father. He was a French star before the Highlander film made him an American megastar. It is wonderful to see such actors in their youth, looking so beautiful, and having such a good time. This is a hallmark of a Besson film and the fun is infectious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by B. pett
4.0 out of 5 stars A Luc Besson classic
I like the film and my husband, for whom I bought it, loves it. He saw the film many years ago and it has stayed with him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosemary Parr
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but interesting
A rewatch which much improved my opinion on the film - you can see Besson's clear evolution from the terrible Le Dernier Combat as at least this cookie-cutter French arthouse film... Read more
Published 8 months ago by T. Prankerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Subway
Another Luc Besson classic. Underground classic indeed. Isabelle Adjani is superb as usual, great atmosphere with irony in whole film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marko
3.0 out of 5 stars Early besson
Luc Besson does do some really good films and quite unusual as well. This is a bit of a love story possibly highlighting the culture of the pick pocket gangs living within the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. J. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cult film
This is classic Luc Besson stuff, and if you are familiar which the French director's style of filming, you will enjoy it.
Published 14 months ago by ZZman
5.0 out of 5 stars this is an 80 iconic film!
It is not the story or plot that is 5 stars, but everything else, the ambiance, the music, the actors . Loved it then, love it now.
Published 18 months ago by S.W
2.0 out of 5 stars Not aged well.
I remembered if as a flashy and quite intriguing film, but it had not aged well and some elements today are frankly rather silly. Some films age well, others don't. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kari Tapiola
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever..
Saw it 11 time in the cinema and my friends thought I was crazy - this was back when you didn't really was a nerd like that and got away with it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars French films
This is probably my favourite french film, an early work by Luc Besson. Funny, serious, musical and all that, and well worth watching again and agin. Highly recommended.
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by J. F. Pye
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