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Runaway Train released in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD on July 22

Runaway TrainUK based Arrow Films will be releasing Andrei Konchalovsky’s 1986 film Runaway Train on July 22, 2013. The new release will be served in dual format that includes both a DVD and a Blu-ray version.

Based on a script written by Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima and Hideo Oguni for Kurosawa’s planned but failed American directorial debut, Konchalovsky’s celebrated action film was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, as well as competing in Cannes for Palme d’Or. As a UK release, the film is encoded for region B (Blu-ray) and 2 (DVD). This appears to be the first time that the film is available on Blu-ray.

The release is packed with special features, which include the following:

  • 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

It will be interesting to see how much (if any) of these extras concentrate on the film’s origins with Kurosawa.

Runaway Train is now available for preorder from Amazon.co.uk, as well as directly from the Arrow Films website. The film will be our Akira Kurosawa film club’s title of the month in March, 2014.

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