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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Blu-Ray Review

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: An all-star cast, including Oscar(R)-winners Walter Matthau and Martin Balsam teams up with Robert Shaw ("Jaws") to deliver "sure-fire entertainment [that's] gripping and exciting from beginning to end" (The Hollywood Reporter). Based on the sizzling best-seller by John Godey, this pulse-pounding picture is guaranteed to give you the ride of your life! Somewhere underground, in New York's subway system, just outside the Pelham Station, a gang of armed men hijack a train, threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands are met. Forced to stall these unknown assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue is made, transit chief Lt. Garber (Matthau) must ad-lib, bully, con and shrewdly outmaneuver one of the craftiest and cruelest villains (Shaw) in a battle of wits that will either end heroically or tragically. From the minute you board this train until its exhilarating climax, you will be taken by "plenty of surprises and lots of nail-biting action" (Blockbuster Movie Guide).

Review: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a vintage 1970s crime drama that was recently remade with Denzel and Travolta.  Thats what a solid premise this film has.  In the original the role of the cop was portrayed by one of my favorite actors, Walter Matthau.  The late Matthau turns in a fantastic performance in this gritty cop drama.  The film is set around a hijacking in the subway train and is full of intensity, suspense and action.  This is the first time to own the original version (and the better version) on blu-ray!  This one is an easy yes..the film looks great transfered into high-def and you can't beat the original.

Interest Range: Drama, Crime, Action