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(aka "Railway Children" )


directed by Jason Figgis
Ireland 2012


Described by critics as a post-apocalyptic take on LORD OF THE FLIES, CHILDREN OF A DARKER DAWN - also known as RAILWAY CHILDREN after the Edith Nesbit novel (adapted for film in 1968 and for television five times between 1951 and 2000) - has good performances by a young cast but is let down by uneven direction, flat videography (it looks like the scenes were shot with mostly even lighting with a plan to regrade the color in a more edgy fashionable today), and rough sound (some of which is muffled by the scoring). Nine months after a global pandemic has wiped out the world's adults while leaving the children unaffected, teenage Eve (Catherine Wrigglesworth, DERELICT) and her little sister Fran (Emily Forster) are wandering a derelict Dublin in search of food and temporary lodging. When they witness an attack on Alice (Justine Rodgers) by a group of other children, Eve and Fran attempt to make friends with her only to then have their food stolen by the other kids who are lead by Alice's bullying sister Kate (Shannon Murphy) and her best friend Ella (Emma O'Callaghan). When they get Alice to lead them back to the group's lair to get the food back, Eve and Fran upset the already precarious stability of the group's communal existence starting with the love triangle between Helman (Adam Tyrrell), unstable Grace (Laoise Barrett), and pining Simon (Dylan Jennings). A greater threat, however, comes from the return of prom-queen-turned-goth Cass (Ellen Mullen) who split off some time ago from Kate's group over Cass' solution to the dwindling perishable food supply.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 16 November 2012 (Ireland)

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DVD Review: Pop Twist / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC

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Pop Twist / MVD Visual

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:46:16

1.74:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.11 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Pop Twist / MVD Visual

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.74:1

Edition Details:
• 'Just the Next Chapter' Music Video (16:9; 9:44)
• Trailer (16:9; 2:52)

DVD Release Date: 17 December 2013

Chapters 12



MVD's single-layer, progressive, anamorphic disc looks rather softish, but this seems to be both the fault of the videography and the additional stylistic effects. The continuous music occasionally muffles the dialogue, but this seems to also be the fault of the original mix rather than the encoding of the Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track (unless it's a bad downmix of a 5.1 track). Extras include the film's trailer and a lengthy music video featuring clips from the film as well as unused bits (or bits filmed specifically for the music video).

  - Eric Cotenas


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