No Time to Lose: The Making of Pelham 1 2 3 offers an insightful half-hour look behind the production, also looking at updating this classic for the modern generation, as well as the technological advances, the character design and realistic approach the actors took to playing their requisite parts. With plenty of interview snippets from the key cast and crew members this is well worth checking out.
The Third Rail: New York Underground takes a further quarter-hour to look specifically at the challenging setting, looking at the real subway system and the carriages used and modified for the production. There's also a 5 minute Featurette dedicated to the hair styles of the cast members, specifically tailored for their particular characters. I'm not really sure this deserves its own featurette, let alone a mention. Finally Marketing Pelham gives us the Trailers for the film. We also get that utterly worthless CineChat function (catering for those who don't want to actually watch movies together) as well as the MovieIQ option for those too lazy to connect to imdb. Oh, and there's a digital copy for your Ipod.
2009's version of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is a perfectly enjoyable, sometimes thrilling, sometimes dramatic movie. The high points include seeing the ever reliable Denzel Washington, in an a-typical role, facing off against a suitably psychotic John Travolta, on unusually good form. On the flipside the film is, frankly, fairly redundant, pandering to those who can't be bothered to watch classic 70s thrillers. Still, if you haven't seen the original, you will no doubt find this pretty original and pretty exciting. Coming to US Region Free Blu-ray we get amazing video and audio - the Director Tony Scott certainly has a flair for filming material that looks good in Hi-Def - and a decent set of extras to round off the disc. Fans would be advised not to hesitate in a purchase. As for newcomers... well the stubborn film buff in me would strongly suggest you seriously consider checking out the original first. The realist knows that this new flick is infinitely more accessible for modern generations. So, in light of that, for those who do just want to skip the 70s version, I can safely say that this film and this release will not disappoint.
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