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Published on Jul 16, 2013
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.
Special Features: - High Definition transfer of the film prepared by MGM for the Cannes Film Festival premiere - High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film - Original Uncompressed Stereo Audio - Optional English SDH Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Running on Empty -- An Interview with director Andrei Konchalovsky - From Thespian to Fugitive -- Star Jon Voight shares his memories of his Academy Award-nominated role - Sweet and Savage: Eric Roberts recalls his Academy Award-nominated performance - The Calm Before the Chaos -- Co-star Kyle T. Heffner remembers Runaway Train - Trailer with commentary by Rod Lurie - Original Trailer - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Joe Wilson - Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Brooke, a new interview with Runaway Train's Production Designer Stephen Marsh conducted by Calum Waddell, as well as the original Life Magazine article that inspired the film, illustrated with rare behind-the-scenes production images