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Runaway Train (1985/Cannon/MGM/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B

PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray from our friends at Twilight Time, is limited to 3,000 copies and is available exclusively at the links at the end of this review.

Andrei Konchalovsky's 1985 thriller Runaway Train finds its way onto Blu-ray courtesy of the good folks at Twilight Time. I first saw this in film school many years ago and have been clamoring for a high definition release for years and boy was it worth the wait. Based on an original story by the legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai), Jon Voight and Eric Roberts were both nominated for Academy Awards for their amazing turns in this film, which would have been much deserved. I think Tony Scott’s last film, Unstoppable (reviewed elsewhere on this site and almost released with the same title), has a debt to owe to this film (or Speed for that matter, in that the vehicle is out of control and its up to the passengers to stop it, though this was a staple of some silent films back in the day) but this is definitely great viewing for fans of high octane action.

Runaway Train stars Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan T.K. Carter, and Kenneth McMillan.

Manny (Voight) is the toughest convict in a cold and remote Alaskan prison complex where the minimum sentence is 22 years and an idol amongst the rough and tough prisoners. Along with fellow inmate Buck (Roberts), the two breakout and jump abroad a freight train, thinking they have made it. Soon, their plans for freedom and peace are put on hold, when the train engineer dies of a heart attack and they find themselves hurtling towards their death. The plot thickens when they discover a third passenger, a beautiful railroad worker (De Mornay) who aides the train with that is hopelessly speeding out of control with nobody behind the wheel and no brakes to stop it.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, the film looks better than ever in high definition, capturing the Rank Color (or Colour) and its slight darkness. You can actually see the sweat on characters and the 35mm print looks rich and textured throughout. The sound mix is a English 2.0 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless Stereo (with Pro Logic surrounds) that brings out the wonderful sound mix and makes the film sound fresh and new again. This is a huge improvement over previous standard definition DVD releases of the film.

Special Features include...

Isolated Score Track

Commentary with Actor Eric Roberts, and Film Historians David Del Valle and C. Courtney Joyner

Original Theatrical Trailer

Insert booklet with linear notes by Julie Kirgo and full color photographs

This is a great film that has finally found a home in high definition.

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