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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 211901883
UPC: 043396292246
UPC 14: 00043396292246
Category Keywords: Action  New York City  Remake  Theatrical Release  Thriller
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Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is a New York City subway dispatcher whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder (John Travolta), the criminal mastermind behind the hijacking and leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there's one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?

"Washington and Travolta making formidable adversaries  Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"A fast and relentless hostage thriller that never stops.  Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Scott gets into the zip and rush of urban energy with an enthusiasm bordering on hilarity.  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It's a first-class ride. All aboard.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's a first-class ride. All aboard.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine

Editor's Note
This remake of the 1974 classic pits heavyweights Denzel Washington and John Travolta against each other. Washington plays a subway dispatcher in New York City who uses all his knowledge to stop the train hijacking by Travolta's Ryder.


Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/5/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00043396292246
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.78:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Josh Lasser Reviews
Published on: 11/10/2009 8:16 AM
Featuring a star-packed cast led by Denzel Washington and John Travolta, the film follows the hijacking of a New York City 6 train, the Pelham 1 2 3.  It is one of those films where the bad guys, in this case led by the enigmatic Ryder (John Travolta), have everything planned to the last detail, every eventuality worked out.  That is, they have every eventuality worked out except for there being someone with a little too much knowledge, too much intelligence, and too much guts working the other side of the hostage negotiation. the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Luis Guzmán
Video Cast Info John Travolta
Video Cast Info Denzel Washington
Video Cast Info Michael Rispoli
Video Cast Info John Turturro
Video Cast Info James Gandolfini
Video Cast Info Michael Costigan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tobias Schliessler - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Harry Gregson-Williams - Composer
Video Cast Info John Godey - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Ryan Kavanaugh - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Barry Waldman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tony Scott - Producer
Video Cast Info Todd Black - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Tisch - Producer
Video Cast Info Jason Blumenthal - Producer
Video Cast Info Brian Helgeland - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Tony Scott - Director

Professional Reviews

Hollywood Reporter
"THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 boasts a smart cast headed by Denzel Washington and John Travolta and a literate Brian Helgeland script..." 06/05/2009

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Scott offers a topical, visceral entertainment: his best since CRIMSON TIDE....PELHAM demonstrates how a gripping crime flick can be a great leveler." 06/09/2009

"[A] fascinating portrait of how much New York has changed in 35 years, the film delivers the goods in excitement and big-star charisma..." 06/04/2009

Los Angeles Times
"PELHAM is so professionally done you rarely have the luxury of taking your eyes off the screen....A crisp, effective New York subway hostage drama..." 06/12/2009

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "In this retelling, director Tony Scott uses quick panning shots to intensify the action scenes....And Brian Helgeland's script gives the characters more depth and dimension." 06/15/2009

New York Times
"[A] canny, energetic updating of the 1974 mass transit thriller....The subway system itself serves as an index of how the city and action-movie technology have evolved over the years." 06/12/2009

Wall Street Journal
"[Scott is] a canny director of actors....Mr. Travolta brings his patented evil elation to the role of the hijacker..." 06/12/2009

"[As the characters] and the film escape the confines of the subway, their volatility propels PELHAM through a crackerjack third act that finally transcends the arena of guilty pleasures." 06/12/2009

Washington Post
"[T]he new film, directed by Tony Scott, captures some of the grand venality of New York that make the original so much fun....John Travolta is in high manic mode, seething and unpredictable, violent and charismatic..." 06/12/2009

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "This movie hits you like 600 volts from a sparking third rail....It's electrifying..." 06/25/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he leads share an edgy chemistry that, coupled with the no-nonsense real-time structure, keeps the suspense bubbling." 06/23/2009

3 stars out of 5 -- "Washington is predictably excellent....The film thrills like a super-saturated fairground ride." 07/24/2009

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
Internet buzz pre-slimed this New York subway-hijack thriller as a douched-up reboot of the 1974 original. Since I revere the first movie, especially the hangdog genius of Walter Matthau as transit cop Zachary Garber, I sympathized. Then I saw The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and the sucker grabbed me from the minute Denzel Washington, basically in the Matthau role, came on as train dispatcher Walter Garber. That's right: Walter! One hell of a classy name-check, if you ask me...And that's it for comparisons. The new, post-9/11 Pelham packs its own heat. This movie hits you like 600 volts from a sparking third rail. Damn straight it's electrifying. Director Tony Scott (bravo True Romance and Crimson Tide, boo Domino) keeps the suspense on high sizzle. And screenwriter Brian Helgeland (bravo L.A. Confidential and Mystic River, boo The Postman), doing a freestyle adaptation of John Godey's novel, takes the time to anchor the thrills to character...Scott possesses the same expertise. He gets the best from the actors, including James Gandolfini as a wealthy mayor (any guesses?). The only letdown comes in Scott's handling of the passengers, who remain frustratingly generic. What counts is it's pressure-cooker cinema, heightened by gritty on-location camerawork from Tobias Schliessler that makes you feel the speed, danger and dirt in your bones. As the movie hurtles to its finish line, with a foot chase less startling than the original's simple sneeze, Travolta and Washington never miss a step. With no scenes together until the climax, they use their voices, their teasing humor and the secret rage of their characters to pump bruised humanity into an action epic that just wants to rock and roll. It's a first-class ride. All aboard. - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
There's not much wrong with Tony Scott's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, except that there's not much really right about it. Nobody gets terrifically worked up, except the special-effects people. Oh, John Travolta is angry and Denzel Washington is determined, but you don't sense passion in the performances. They're about behaving, not evoking...Since time immemorial, Vehicular Disaster Epics have depended on colorful and easily remembered secondary passengers: Nuns with guitars, middle-aged women with swimming medals, a pregnant woman about to go into labor, etc. This time, the passengers on the Pelham line disappoint. There's a nice woman who's worried about her child, and an ex-Army Ranger who comes to her aid. That's about it. Few of the juicy ethnic stereotypes of the original...In fact, the whole film is less juicy. The 1974 version took place in a realistic, well-worn New York City. This version occupies a denatured action-movie landscape, with no time for local color and a transit system control room that humbles Mission Control. That also may explain the film's lack of time to establish the supporting characters, even Travolta's partners. These sleek modern actioners don't give the audience credit for much patience and curiosity. One star or the other has to be on the screen in almost every scene. The relentless pace can't be slowed for much dialogue, especially for supporting characters. It all has to be mindless, implausible action...Say what you will about the special effects of the 1970s, at least I was convinced I was looking at a real train. Think this through with me: Once you buy into the fact that the train is there, the train becomes a given. You're thinking, ohmigod, what's going to happen to the train? With modern CGI, there are scenes where a real train is obviously not on the screen, at least not in real time and space, and you're thinking, ohmigod, real trains can't go that fast...And when cars crash, cars should crash. They shouldn't behave like pinballs. - Roger Ebert

San Francisco Chronicle 7 of 10
Every movie involves two realities, the one onscreen and the one in the theater, and the interplay between the two is sometimes dynamic. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 has all the usual virtues of a good action suspense drama, but it lacks that extra something - that context, that vital interchange - that made the original The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 such a memorable experience in 1974...Despite some odd choices on the part of the filmmakers, this remake works out better than one might expect. For example, picture John Travolta playing a mentally unbalanced, emotionally erratic homicidal maniac. Then go to Pelham and be surprised. Travolta does not go into his charming bag of tricks. He doesn't smile or laugh (or even scowl like the guy in Pulp Fiction). In fact, on three occasions, I had to remind myself that this was Travolta. He takes a baseline pretty-good movie and, through sheer conviction, makes it a little better than that...So does Denzel Washington. He plays the transit officer manning the controls for that sector of the New York subway system, who's the first to make contact with the hijacker (Travolta). Washington lends the character a specifically New York type of working man's diffidence - he's a regular guy way over his head, forced to improvise - and we watch him grow, not in confidence but in moral authority. This is strong, convincing character work...Screenwriter Brian Helgeland had the concept to turn Pelham into an elaborate two-person dance between the hijacker and the transit worker, with the idea being that these guys, despite their differences, aren't so far apart. Helgeland's idea of hero and villain both inhabiting a moral gray area seems like a relic from the relativist 1990s, and isn't an ideal match for this material. Yet there's no denying that this is a good writer, working with a good director and two inspired charismatic actors, and together they come up with something interesting and compelling, on its own terms...Pelham might even be cause for enthusiasm if there weren't a better movie, with that exact same title, already available everywhere. - Mick LaSalle

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