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The Taking of Pelham 123 [Blu-ray]

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OITT5I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable but fails to live up to the original 21 Aug 2014
By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
Tony Scott's take on the well respected Joseph Sargent/Walter Matthau 1974 film a brave attempt but it comes up a little short in a few ways.

Cast wise Denzel Washington plays Walter Garber (the original was Zachary, but a nod to Matthau's performance taking his first name) John Travolta steps into the Mr. Blue shoes, contrasting the Robert Shaw performance.

Both try their best, though Travolta does go a bit overboard with the drama at times. Washington's performance is quite good (but it lacks the wit and edge of Matthau's) and the supporting cast are decent enough James Gandolfini as the Major. The problems though are numerous despite Scott's attempts at some fancy camera work (which can be annoying at times) he can't make up for the rather pedestrian script, obvious storyline with few surprises and the actors just don't have the same vibe that the 1974 film does. Even the soundtrack pales next to the original.

It's not all bad news, if you can forget the 1974 film was ever made (or have not seen it) it's not a terrible film and passes the time it's not a turn it off horrible production. It fails to really take off for me the edge isn't there (despite the contrast of the two lead actors, Washington is a little too calm at times) Then we come to the ending, a real corker on the 1974 film, here they have slipped into a very predictable and obvious ending, which isn't a patch on the first one.

Not bad, but really if you want to watch a real action thriller order the Matthau version it's hand down a better film, that one is taut edgy, with an great cast and good script...one of those films that just works brilliantly (everything comes together smoothly in a way some productions just do). Sadly this version is yet another release that falls into the "please don't try to remake outstanding films" seems the message has yet to sink in at the film studios.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Never really takes off 25 Mar 2011
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
I've never seen the previous two incarnations of Pelham 123, but since the original was directed by Joseph Sargent, the man responsible for Jaws the Revenge, I think I'll give it a miss. Presumably Sargent is doing a life stretch in the funhouse without parole thanks to Jaws, so Tony Scott stepped in for this remake that is in danger of a Red Bull induced heart attack.

Travolta (dressed as one of the village people) and Washington star as the crook and subway controller who come to rely on each when a subway train is hijacked beneath New York City. A lot of back story is squeezed into the film in an effort to deepen the drama. But in the end...none of it really comes together.

The subway train spends 90% of the film completely stationary, so Scott exaggerates as much of the cinematography as he can to compensate for the lack of momentum. Federico Fellini once said that in order to entertain an audience all you have to do is show a train in motion. Well, there ain't much motion on board Pelham 123 I tell ya.

It's not a bad movie, just an entertaining one that might annoy you with it's multiple missed opportunities.

The Blu Ray features a great 2.35:1 1080p picture with DTS HD-MA sound, and loads of extras.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Although I did enjoy Tony Scott's latest effort, I can't see its simple plot and characters rewarding repeated viewings. Everything is exactly as described, there are no surprises in the story, no clever plot twists, and no interesting exposures of the main characters personas. Oddly, as I'm used to watching convoluted thrillers nowadays, I found myself trying to second guess from the moment the film started where the curve balls were, but after about 45 minutes of saying to myself "Ah...he REALLY is going to do that..." or "so that WAS true then...", I started to get wise to the idea and realised that the only surprise was there were no surprises. In the end, this is rather unsatisfying. The finale, where a plot twist is normally de riguer for a thriller, is a real let down.

Washington and Travolta, along with an excellent supporting cast, actually put in very strong performances (more than the film deserves I think), although Travolta does descend into pantomime on a couple of occasions. Tony Scott's direction is more excitable than usual, and although the many fast cuts and swooshing pans are fun to watch (I particularly enjoyed the thrilling opening sequence), they are soon in danger of becoming migraine inducing as the film progresses. The script is generally strong, but becomes weak during the exchanges between Washington and Travolta where it really needed to bite, very odd.

Image quality is exactly what we should expect from a modern BRD release; superb, with plenty of detail and a realistic level of grain (helping to add an accurate cinematic texture). The soundtrack is even more impressive, with good spacial separation and deep bass where required. Music is also intelligently used, and there is plenty going on in the surrounds during the action scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some say 27 Sep 2010
By Fraser the Frank Fish VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Okay, so this isn't as tense and gritty as the original and has something of the shallowness of today's usual Hollywood output, but when view against some of the rubbish out there today the remake of Pelham 123 is a reasonable film.

On the negative side, the characters are not developed and the relationship between Travolta and Washington is never really scrutinised.

On the positive side, Travolta is a great psychopath playing the role of baddy in a similar manner to Swordfish, and although there are a few unnecessary explosions and crashes the special effects are reined in and are not allowed to dominate the film.

Overall I'd give this 3 stars, worth a watch when its on TV but not worth buying as a DVD as it's not a watch-again film. If you do want to buy a DVD then, like the other reviewers say, the original is a classic good enough to make them want to re-make it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 15 days ago by steve w
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 18 days ago by iandronsfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 24 days ago by Claes Domeij
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story, superb acting really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Stuart Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars Hostage ransom..
This is a fast paced action packed movie with John Travolta playing the subway train hijacker and Denzel Washington the troubled New York City subway dispatcher and James... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good quality, excellent would recommend it to friends and family. We really enjoyed it was wonderful. Just what we needed.
Published 6 months ago by Zola Kyele
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you amazon.
a great film that will have you on the edge of your seat. denzel washington alongside john travolta is amazing. amust see film for everyone. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mandy.
5.0 out of 5 stars taking of pelham 123
i now have both editions which has the original film upon which this one is based. definitely more violent . good viewing
Published 8 months ago by dicktemplate
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
I enjoyed the action in the movie and the inter-play between Washington and Travolta. Travolta comes across as a guy who has thought of everything, up until the movie gets into the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their norm's
An exciting watch but I've never rated John Travolta as an actor since Saturday Night Fever and Grease, yet Denzel Washington can do no wrong.
Published 11 months ago by jacqueline french
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