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Runaway Train (Dual Format Edition) (Blu-ray)

Released on 22 July 2013

Featuring: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts & Rebecca De Mornay

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

5.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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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.
  • High Definition transfer of the film prepared by MGM for the Cannes Classics Film Festival premiere
  • High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film
  • From Thespian to Fugitive - Star Jon Voight shares his memories of his Academy Award-nominated role
  • Running on Empty - An Interview with director Andrei Konchalovsky
  • The Calm Before the Chaos - Co-star Kyle T. Heffner remembers Runaway Train
  • Original Trailer
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Brooke and a new interview with Runaway Train's Production Designer Stephen Marsh conducted by Calum Waddell, illustrated with rare behind-the-scenes production images

customer Reviews

 Average rating (1 review)

 A Runaway Success!

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This riveting thriller grabs you within the first few minutes and doesn't let go for the entire running time. Voigt is terrific as Manny, a hard as nails convict who escapes from a remote Alaskan prison with his accomplice Buck (Eric Roberts) and boards a freight train in a desperate bid for freedom . Unbeknown to them, the driver has suffered a heart attack and fallen from the cab leaving the train hurtling uncontrolled along the track and into the wilderness. Meanwhile a brutal prison warden (John P. Ryan) wants them back at any cost, even if it means doggedly pursuing them by helicopter across the treacherous terrain. There's so much to enjoy here, notably some hair raising action footage. This is old school stunt work too - no dodgy FX with miniatures or ropey CGI. The late and, sadly underrated, Ryan (a Cannon regular) gives a wonderful performance and there is also solid support from Roberts and a young Rebecca de Mornay. This is easily the best film Cannon ever produced and Arrow's new blu-ray release is the business: much improved picture quality compared to all previous releases and some worthy extras - particularly a fascinating interview with voigt who remembers the project well for a movie made nearly 30 years ago.

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ActorsJon Voight, Eric Roberts & Rebecca De Mornay
DirectorAndrei Konchalovsky
Certificate15 years and over
Year1985
LanguagesEnglish
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 49 minutes (approx)