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Terror Train [Blu-ray]
(Roger Spottiswoode, 1980)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Astral Bellevue Pathé
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 37,562,735,953 bytes
Feature Size: 25,576,790,016 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.43 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 16th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2148 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2148 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1603 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1603 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Interviews With Production Executive Don Carmody (13:26 entitled
Riding the Rails), Producer Daniel Grodnik (12:08
entitled Destination Death), Production Designer
Glenn Bydwell (11:00 entitled All Aboard) And
Composer John Mills-Cockell (8:10 - Music For Murder)
Description: Take an excursion into terror with Jamie Lee
Curtis in this classic shocker from director Roger
Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies).
Riding the coattails of the resurgent boom in horror films after the success of Halloween, Terror Train features teeth-chattering direction by Roger Spottiswoode and pristine cinematography from John Alcott. The story is the basic slasher film premise, remounted on a moving train. A college fraternity decides to hold a New Year's Eve party on a train. But an uninvited guest, a disturbed ex-fraternity member, decides to take revenge on the partying students by killing them off one by one in increasingly grisly fashion. On board the terror train is horror film perennial Jamie Lee Curtis, along with David Copperfield, and Ben Johnson as Carne the conductor, who tries to calm the women students by saying things like, "Now you young ladies stay up here --it's too dangerous down in that other car.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
This effectively exploits all the inherent violence and abandon of a riotous student party aboard a hired steam train. The horror elements are accounted for 'naturally': party masks provide grotesque images and a disguise for the killer; darkness alternating with the mottled lights of a disco give an uneasy visual feel, heightened by the swaying of the train; and the feats of a performing magician arouse expectations of a supernatural dimension. Instead, there is a psychological angle: the students, the killer's victims, are fairly callous themselves, given to gruesome medical school 'pranks' and fundamentally self-centred. Jamie Lee Curtis plays the only one of the gang with a conscience - and the only one to survive. But although the film's terror mileage is fuelled by her outwitting the killer, being a woman she must - as usual - finally be saved by the fatherly guard. Still, better than most of its kind.Excerpt from TimeOut London located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Terror Train comes to Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. The image quality is at the mercy of the less-effectual early 80's stock that never seems to wear-well. I don't fault the dual-layered transfer which hold the grain - deflects the noise and does its best with the production source. There are some speckles and a couple of wayward moments but overall I'd say this high-bitrate is as solid as the film will ever look on digital. By modern standards this is fairly tame visually but as a representation of the original - I doubt much more could be done. This Blu-ray produces an accurate representation of the original - which is all we can ever ask.
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Not bad at all. We get a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2148 kbps or the option of a similar stereo track. John Mills-Cockell score is quite noble and adds some class to the 'slashings'. It is quite excellent via the lossless transfer as are the piercing screams vaulting to significant high-ends. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Shout! Factory has put some effort into this with interviews with production executive Don Carmody (13:26 entitled Riding the Rails), Producer Daniel Grodnik (12:08 entitled Destination Death), Production Designer Glenn Bydwell (11:00 entitled All Aboard) And Composer John Mills-Cockell (8:10 - Music For Murder). So about 45-minutes on various aspects of production. There is also a beat-up Theatrical Trailer, a TV Spot and a stills gallery. Nice to see some relevant bonus material.
October 17th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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