on 28 January 2013
This Eros Classics release from 2010 is a 177' NTSC "widescreen" version of The Burning Train, as opposed to the 143' version listed on IMDB and Wikipedia, and previously issued on Yash Raj. OTOH, this longer version takes about half of the running time just to get started - first we have the obligatory pair of romances - and even when they do all get on the train, it all starts with a bunch of comedy sketches.
Although the back of the box claims "cinemascope" aspect ratio, the transfer is chopped to 1.78:1. It is presented non-anamorphically, with the English subtitles partly below the frame. The picture gives the impression that no effort has been made to clean up the print quality prior to transfer. However, unlike many early Eros releases, the subtitles are generally decent and the songs are subtitled. Sound quality is less scratchy than many films from the time, but it's not good either.
The film itself is rather dated, the plot holes are big enough to drive the train through, and the level of silliness quite high even by Bollywood standards. Although the fight scenes and effects are poor by Western standards, they're on a par with those of Bollywood action films of the time.
If you're interested in Bollywood action films from around 30 years ago, this one from 1980 will keep you entertained for 3 hours - if you don't expect too much. Pity though that it didn't receive a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer.
on 29 May 2006
A great cast, brilliant story line and film well ahead of its time... truly one of the first big budget films to have come out of Bollywood.
The Burning Train as the title suggests is about broken-hearted man, who takes revenge on the woman who rejects him by placing a bomb on a train. You may be thinking why would anyone do that? Well the reason he places the bomb on the train is because the woman who rejects the psycho is going out with the man who designed the train, therefore wanting revenge he places the bomb on the train.
The passengers on the train are a mixture of young and old, rich and poor, happy and sad and the part were the children sing a heartfelt song will surely bring a tear to your eyes.