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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan, John Bloom
  • Directors: Andrey Konchalovsky
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2017
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01MQNQIR9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,616 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 Blu-ray presentation of the film
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo Audio
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Running on Empty An Interview with director Andrei Konchalovsky
  • From Thespian to Fugitive Star Jon Voight shares his memories of his Academy Award-nominated role
  • Sweet and Savage: Eric Roberts recalls his Academy Award-nominated performance
  • The Calm Before the Chaos Co-star Kyle T. Heffner remembers Runaway Train
  • Trailer with commentary by Rod Lurie
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Joe Wilson
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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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    By Captain Clegg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2015
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    This is a great release from Arrow, the picture quality gets a 4/5, and there are loads of Special Features, plus two discs, Blu-ray + DVD, you also get a nice little 37 page booklet, with loads of back ground story's. Oh and a revisable sleeve, with both sides looking nice.

    The film is very good with some brilliant performances from Jon Voight and Eric Roberts. Both men have escaped a high security prison, so when they bored a train to freedom, sadly the driver suffers a heart attack, and when the breaks fail, both men are stuck on a Runaway Train, which is picking up speed and heading for many perils ahead. This is a brilliant film with a stunning ending.
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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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    Format: DVD
    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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    Format: DVD
    Based on an Akira Kurasawa story, this 1985 film is ostensibly an action flick, but it's much more rewarding than your average Stallone or Scharzenegger film of the same period. John Voight excels himself (he was nominated for an Oscar for this performance) as Manny, a prisoner so dangerous he is welded into his cell. When the warden is forced to release him into the prison, Manny duly escapes along with Buck (played by Eric Roberts, brother to Julia), a prison boxer who tags along for the ride. They escape into the Alaskan wilderness and make their way onto a train which unknown to them, is out of conrol.

    The imagery of the frozen Alaskan wilderness is excellently captured, as is the sheer brute power and force of the runaway train itself, which is practically a character to itself in the film. The exisential subtext of the film is fairly obvious (Manny being a pure, isolated individual bulleting headlong towards his destiny) but it's not obtrusive - you can enjoy this film simply for the action. There are some brutal setpieces - none of the one-punch-fall-down fighting of other 80s action films - and the acting is superb, especially by Voight (who spent time with real criminals to get Manny's character down, and remained in touch with them for years afterwards), and John Ryan, who plays the warden with soft-padded malevolence. The ending too is unforgettable, a fitting end to one of the finest films of the 1980s.
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