Runaway Train [VHS]
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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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!
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.
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.
The Arrow Blu-ray itself is very satisfying, the picture being excellent while just falling short of today's ultra-sharp 1080p standards. But the sound is really what marks this out. With the main action taking place on and around the booming train, a rich, lossless track is what's needed here, and this is what we get. The audio is cracking.
Voight & Roberts are excellent as the two escaped cons and fully deserved their Oscar nominations, and John P. Ryan does a great turn as Ranken, Voight's prison governor nemesis who personally goes in pursuit of them. But there's a flipside. The director made a big casting mistake with Rebecca De Mornay in the role of the 'stowaway' rail engineer. In one of the four lengthy bonus interviews, Andrei Konchalovsky states he was courted by Jodie Foster, who badly wanted the role, but told her she was too beautiful to be believable as an engineer working on the desolate and harsh railroads of deepest Alaska. What an error!Read more ›
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behold its motto:
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Masterpiece movie with great performance from the actors. The blu-ray offers great pq and sound.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrow Films has knocked it out of the park again with this release! Awesome set featuring a great booklet with some VERY interesting on-set photos, interviews, and a reprint of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick Ranieri