One man's impossible mission. To save his country's priceless treasures
Running Time: 133 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
Release Date: 2015
Content Type: Movie
Directed by John Frankenheimer at the peak of his powers, The Train was made during a tremendous run of top-class pictures that also included Birdman of Alcatraz, Seven Days in May and The Manchurian Candidate, with Seconds soon to follow.
France, 1944. Art lover and fanatical Nazi Colonel Von Waldheim has plundered a Paris museum for its masterpieces, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Cezanne. His intention is to have them transported by rail to Berlin, but one man stands in his way. Aware that the Allied forces are fast approaching the French capital, Resistance fighter Labiche need only stall the train for a few more days, but he’ll have to use all of his wits and skills to do so.
Featuring two Oscar-winners in its lead roles – Burt Lancaster as Labiche and Paul Scofield as Von Waldheim – and Jeanne Moreau and Michel Simon in support, The Train combines star power with spectacular action sequences to produce a classic war movie.
Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
Optional isolated score by Maurice Jarre
Burt Lancaster in the Sixties – a newly-filmed interview with Lancaster’s biographer Kate Buford, tracing the actor’s career throughout the decade
French television news report on the making of The Train, containing interviews with the locals of Acquigny
Archive interview with Michel Simon
Footage of The Train’s gala screening in Marseilles
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Sheldon Hall, illustrated with original stills and artwork
1.66:1 widescreen pillarboxed 1080p monochrome
PCM 1.0 mono English
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