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Terror Train: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Following slasher movie conventions, a group of frat brothers and their sorority girlfriends pull a twisted stunt on a new pledge that goes horribly wrong. Flash forward to the end of college as the group are preparing to enter the 'real world' and the graduating year decides the best way to celebrate the end of college is for a cross country booze fuelled train journey with some stage magic thrown in for good measure. (an excellent excuse to stick David copperfield in the film, just before he made it big in stage magic.) Naturally this being a slasher pic a disgruntled killer gets on board and begins killing people.

Terror train is certainly a flawed movie. Anyone looking for a high bodycount and gorey deaths will more than likely come away dissapointed as for the most part the film is fairly restrained. Personally I really enjoy the film but some of the less favourable reviews on amazon for the film certainly make some good points. I should also add I quite enjoy PROM NIGHT a slasher where nothing much of anything happens for well over an hour! I don't need a string of gorey murders so long as the film is well crafted and atmospheric and fortunately this is where director Rodger Spottiswood comes into his own as the film has loads of atmosphere and some great performance (including scream queen Jamie lee Curtis). If your after a bodycount picture then I would advise caution, however, if you approach the movie not expecting a typical by the numbers slasher TERROR TRAIN can still be a rewarding movie.

Like the majority of Scream Factory's discs this one is region locked, so don't buy it if your not multi-region capable. (this is becoming less and less of a problem, which is a good thing.
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Bonus Features

Destination Death - An interview with Producer Daniel Grodnik
Riding The Rails - An interview with Production Executive Don Carmody
All Aboard! - An interview with Production Designer Glenn Bydwell
Music For Murder - An interview with Composer John Mills-Cockell
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot
Still Gallery

Excellent picture quality
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It’s New Year’s Eve, and a group of college coeds have planned a masquerade bash aboard a chartered train. What they didn’t plan on was that a knife-wielding psycho would crash the party and begin slaughtering the guests one by one! Who is this brutal costumed killer? Could it be the mysterious magician (David Copperfield) with a talent for swordplay… a former frat pledge with an axe to grind… or any number of other guests, both invited and uninvited? Terror Train was an obvious cash grab based on the success of Halloween. In a completely obvious move, the producers even cast Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead role. She’s fine in the role, but her character is written as an unlikeable protagonist due to the awful prank she pulls in the opening sequence. What I did like about Terror Train was how they incorporated David Coperfield within the film, with his several magic tricks which were also meant as a plot twist. As far as early 80's slasher films go, Terror Train was a decent and fun slasher film with a great setting on a train, however the film has a tendency to drag in several places and it can be quite formulaic at times. As a simple slasher, this flick shouldn't have been longer than 85 minutes. The various costumes that our killer dons are also a bit silly, yet not silly enough to evoke laughter. I do, however, admire SHOUT! Factory for giving this film the Blu-Ray treatment. Terror Train‘s cult fandom will no doubt be pleased by this release, as will Jamie Lee Curtis fans. The filmmaker interviews are fairly interesting, each featuring a surprising amount of information about all the stages of the filmmaking process. Producer Daniel Grodnik in particular is very honest about the film, as are the rest of the interviewees.
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Good slasher movie
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HASH(0x953f3e70) out of 5 stars Terror Train on Blu-Ray - a classic gets the HD treatment, but the results are mixed 18 Oct. 2012
By Calder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It can be a challenge to review Blu-ray releases on Amazon. Theater reviews, VHS reviews, DVD reviews, digital copies - they often all end up under the same collection of feedback. I tend to rate the films themselves with the initial star rating, and cover the specifics of the medium I am reviewing in the body of the review. So, considered alongside the other films of the slasher genre, Terror Train is easily 4 star film, in my opinion. If you appreciate 1980s horror and understand the mechanics of film making at the time, this is easily one of the better entries of the period. The Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, is, however, a bit disappointing when considered alongside some of their other recent releases. I would probably give the disc three stars. It is worth buying, but if you are trying to decide between this movie and Shout! Factory's recent releases of The Funhouse, Halloween II or Halloween III, Humanoids from the Deep or Piranha, I would place this title at the back of the pack in terms of overall Blu-ray quality considering all factors. It's a good transfer, but not among their best. . .about three stars out of five.

This transfer features a 5.1 HD surround track. Unfortunately, the track is very front-heavy, with little real surround. A few early scenes have some nice ambient low frequency sound of the train in the background. . .but it isn't consistent. Some scenes have better audio than others. The first half of David Copperfield's on-train magic show has both decent audio and video. This leads to my next point: the video, sadly, is also inconsistent. There is a fair amount of damage to the print that has not been cleaned up. Scratches, blotches, hairs, etc., pass through the image throughout the film. They are heaviest during the first half. Strangely, some scenes seem to have significantly less and appear cleaned up, while others have more. The final half hour or so of the movie is particularly good. There are still a few minor marks here and there, but nothing too serious. It is hard to tell what has been touched up and what has been left alone, but I do have the impression some damage must have been removed, especially late in the movie. Shout! Factory's recent horror Blu-rays seem to be all over the place in terms of the amount of restoration. For example, Halloween III is over corrected, but scratches and other visual flaws are largely removed. Halloween II looks great and was clearly given a lot of attention. . .nor was it over-corrected. Yes, the quality of the print has a large impact as well, but that clearly isn't the only factor, given the types of inconsistencies. Terror Train's print damage appears cleaned up the least of the titles I mentioned, but keep in mind this transfer also retains a much closer look to the original cinema quality (including nice grain) than, for example, Shout! Factory's re-release of Halloween III. In addition to the main feature, there are some nice extras, including an interview with the film's music composer and the original trailer, among others.

I recommend this title, though with this disclaimer: I really wish Shout! Factory would make as much effort with all their releases as they did with the stellar Blu-ray re-release of Halloween II. If consistent their releases will sell better overall and the company will create hosts of loyal buyers who appreciate being able to view and hear these classis at a level not even available during their original run.
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HASH(0x9537940c) out of 5 stars This film scared the hell out of me...when I was 6 16 Feb. 2014
By K. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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I was born in the 70s and my little kid years were spent in the late 70s to the early 80s right in the middle of the slasher film craze that Carpenter's classic Halloween kicked off in 1978. During that time Jaime Lee Curtis was given the title of scream queen and every major and independent studio seemed to be churning out as many slasher flicks as possible for a quick profit; including such classics as Prom Night, Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, Nightmare on Elm Street, Silent Night, Deadly Night and all the many sequels that followed, but the one that stood out more than any for my little kid brain was 1980's Terror Train starring the aforementioned Ms. Curtis. I saw this flick uncut on cable thanks to the perfect storm of irresponsible parenting and easy access to the cable box. Now as an adult I love this flick and marvel at how my imagination ran wild considering how low tech the effects were on this picture, but also the story is not bad.

A group of medical students play a terrible prank on one of the freshmen and the results are far from funny. A few years later their celebrating the new year with a costume party on a train and someone begins picking off each member of the group. They quickly figure out that the kid they played the prank upon is seeking his revenge, but they don't know who he could be on the train.

The transfer of the pic is not bad (then I don't think low tech horror pictures get the same treatment as award-winning movies) and honestly I just enjoy it for the cheesy effects and the twist ending. Plus the acting is good for a slasher flick. Academy Award-Winner Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show), Hart Bochner (Ellis the coke fiend from Die Hard) and magician David Copperfield co-star in the picture and deliver good performances considering the story.

So, in conclusion, I highly recommend this picture as a fine example of the slasher film/scream queen craze and recommend you watch it with the lights turned out. The only thing truly scary in the movie today is David Copperfield's late 1970's helmet hair, but I do not recommend showing it to a six year old. I believe it would still freak out a small child.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x949c9ef4) out of 5 stars Death Ride of Madness! 12 Feb. 2013
By Mule04 - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is suspenseful not because you don't know who the killer is, but because you don't know what the person looks like. This is your typical slasher movie with blood and suspense. Plus it has Jamie Lee Curtis who is best known for running and screaming while defending herself from crazy killers. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out the killer's face. You find out the person responsible has had issues before and is extremely mad. If you put a mad man on a train with a bunch of people he wants to kill then you get a death ride of madness. I really enjoyed this movie, and fully recommend it to those who like suspenseful movies.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95173a68) out of 5 stars It was the Magician !!! 19 July 2014
By Leland - Published on Amazon.com
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Terror Train is perhaps one of the early 80s slasher flicks that really put Jamie Lee down as THE Scream Queen of the decade. I am a big fan of Jamie Lee and her work in movies, mostly noted for starring in Halloween (1978). That movie put her on the map in terms of female roles in horror movies. Terror Train is just one of her roles in her early days as an actress. Of course, it probably is not one of her best roles, but neither is Prom Night, another early gem. The movie takes place on a train with all her college coeds bidding a "Final" New Year's trip to usher the last remaining months of their time together. After a freshman prank goes "awry", the victim awaits for his ultimate revenge on the Seniors that did it. They are "tracked" down one by one until Jamie Lee's character finally realizes who may be the killer. I loved the music and the costumes, but this is more of a suspense thriller than anything. It's not scary and not that bloody. They did a decent job with the menu and the extras, but the actual film they used to do the bluray was really dirty and I was disappointed in the transfer.

All in all, good to have in your horror collection just for the extras and how it got made. The music made for the movie was great.
If you want a good clean transfer of the movie, I suggest you get the Fox DVD version. Add that to this set and throw the dvd this set came with out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a0d5ac) out of 5 stars Top 15 Slasher Film of All-Time 29 Aug. 2013
By MacheteJason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Terror Train gets deluxe 2-disc treatment (1 BD & 1 DVD) in this release. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) traveling on a train that's not going to get to its destination. Considered a classic slasher film in the company of Friday the 13th, Halloween and The Burning. It's about a class of students on a train that get knocked off. The film comes across as very claustrophobic, intriguing affair. The famous David Copperfield was able to do his magic on-screen in one take for the filming of Terror Train. Audiences didn't respond the way they did to his later performances but it is still impressive stuff for a slasher. Some decent acting and death sequences. There is almost an hour of extras on the Blu-ray. The second disc is a DVD copy of the movie.

Special Features: 4 Interviews, Still Gallery, Trailers
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