Night Train to Munich (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Night Train to Munich, from writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat (Hitchcock s The Lady Vanishes) and director Carol Reed (The Fallen Idol, The Third Man), is a twisting, turning, cloak-and-dagger delight. Paced like an out-of-control locomotive, this gripping, occasionally comic confection takes viewers on a World War II era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter (Margaret Lockwood, of The Lady Vanishes), who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent, played by Rex Harrison (Major Barbara, My Fair Lady). This captivating adventure which also features Casablanca s Paul Henreid mixes comedy, romance, and thrills with enough skill and cleverness to give the Master of Suspense himself pause.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Conversation from 2010 between film scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington about director Carol Reed, screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, and the social and political climate in which Night Train to Munich was made
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Philip Kemp
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.52 Ounces
- Item model number : 35733882
- Director : Carol Reed
- Media Format : Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : September 6, 2016
- Actors : Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood, Paul Henreid
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B01H66WATY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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to Play in the german speaking and european-part you need a codefree bluray-player.
SUBITLES: ENGLISH SDH
Never seen before this black/White war-movie - well... no surprise.. it's never been released in the german speaking part. Been bit dissapointed because I thought the whole movie is located/played in that one "Train to Munich" but at all it's a entertaining and thrilling movie. Paul Henreid (=Paul von Hernreid) is simply hot and charismatic looking and a great actor (and the reason to buy this blu ray).
Interesting: the two characters Charters and Caldicott appearing in 3 more movies: the Lady Vanishes (1938), Crook's Tour (1941), and in Millions Like Us (1943).
The Picture Quality: Clean, sharp with fine Details. It could have been a little bit better and it would have been perfect. But at all... it's good without any dirt, scratches, damages.
The Bonus-Features (only a 29 min conversation about the movie's director) is good but have expected a little bit more.
Fazit: good, entertaining movie (with some factual errors)
Paul Henreid is one of the best parts of this film and his organized escape is brilliant. At first I thought, "Oh great, another noble anti-Nazi hero. *yawn*" and then was surprised by the excellent twist that he actually is a Nazi spy. His dejected look at the end is priceless.
Rex Harrison is adequate, but doesn't come off as likable or believable as Henreid. It was confusing that his character was initially named Gus and then the British couple on the train recognizes him as "Dicky Randall." The first time I watched the film, I was like, "Wait...who is Dicky Randall??"
A couple other things that weaken the film for me are the fact that the British couple does not show any remorse or even realize that they totally blew his cover as a spy. Nor does Randall seem cross with them about it. Also, how did these two buffoons overpower two armed SS guards on the train?
Overall, a forgotten WWII classic that still feels fresh today. Thank you Criterion for re-releasing it.
The Nazis invade Czechoslovakia and a scientist escapes to England. His daughter (MARGARET LOCKWOOD) is captured and moved to a concentration camp. a STAGED escape complete with PAUL HEINREID~ has Lockwood back in England looking for her father who is hiding. She ends at the shore where a SINGER who cannot sing...LOL...REX HARRISON is helping hide her father. But the Nazis kidnap both father and daughter and take them back to Germany on a submarine. HARRISON goes to Germany and becomes a Nazi Army Officer using his cover to help them escape. The "NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH" is the place where the escape attempt will start. Two British men who are pacifists get drug into help the escape. The plot is a bit thin but lots of British Humor here. From the LOUSY singing of Harrison to the Mein Kampe book used as a very good prop. This was set just before the outbreak of World War 2. Harrison is both vein and funny as the clever under cover spy for England.
4 STARS~ this edition has been restored and is a visual delight.
Top reviews from other countries
Funny, exciting and entertaining, superbly directed.
An excellent film for those interested in the events and concerns of many that led up to the last great global conflict, along with skillfully placed comic moments. All worthy of A. H.