Runaway Train is one of those underrated gems that
seems to disappear in the blur of its own out of control
vehicle. With a pedigree like the credit "Based on a
Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa," movie hounds begin to
salivate with anticipation, and in the hands of director Andrei
Konchalovsky, the material is delivered full speed ahead.
Runaway Train has an intentionally de-saturated look and this is preserved on the DVD. Grain is part of the deal here, but this too is part of the look. The snowy weather and the racing train are a video challenge and the transfer and compression succeed in delivering a good picture. The DVD is presented in widescreen 1.85 and 1.33 Pan and Scan. The image is sharp and overall the DVD is an accurate representation of the artistic intent. The Dolby Digital 2 channel surround captures the frenzy of this wild movie ride and Trevor Jones' excellent score is clean and detailed.
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