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Von Ryan's Express
     

Von Ryan's Express

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Director: Mark Robson

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà

 

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Mark Robson's WWII action film Von Ryan's Express comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish

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Mark Robson's WWII action film Von Ryan's Express comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from 20th Century Fox that will please the film's fans, but there may not be enough here to interest the average DVD consumer.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Von Ryan's Express is entertainment, not history. Viewers who accept that premise will probably enjoy this action-packed adventure film with a simple theme: escape. The year is 1943. Germans are moving northward in Italy after allies land in the south. When Italian overseers abandon a prison camp, the English and American POWs escape, but are recaptured by Germans and placed on a train bound for a concentration camp. Led by a U.S. pilot, Col. Joseph Ryan, the prisoners overtake the Germans and commandeer the train, pointing it toward Switzerland. Although the characters are little more than cardboard cutouts, the story is riveting and suspenseful. The escaping prisoners disguise themselves, dodge dive-bombing planes, pick off harassers in a tunnel, and coax their dead train to life. The cinematrography is strong and the action bully. Frank Sinatra earns his pay as Col.Ryan -- dubbed "Von Ryan" by his mostly British underlings for his unpopular policies in the prison camp -- and Trevor Howard is superb as cranky British officer Major Eric Fincham. The plot brims with close calls. In one scene, escapees wearing German uniforms must pass through Nazi checkpoints. Because only the POW chaplain (Edward Mulhare) speaks German, the other disguised soldiers can only nod or hem and haw when addressed. In another scene, the escapees must replace damaged railroad tracks while Germans close in. Viewers looking for heavy-duty angst and realism (à la Saving Private Ryan) won't find it here. What they will find is pure escapism (à la The Great Escape).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0024543030034
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 2.35:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Audio: remastered English stereo; original English mono; French mono; Subtitles; English; Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Colonel Joseph Ryan
Trevor Howard Maj. Eric Fincham
Raffaella Carrà Gabriella
James Brolin Pvt. Ames
Brad Dexter Sergeant Bostick
Sergio Fantoni Captain Oriani
Edward Mulhare Constanzo
John Leyton Orde
Wolfgang Preiss Major Von Kleinment
Adolfo Celi Battaglia
Vito Scotti Italian Train Engineer
Richard Bakalyan Corporal Giannini
Michael Goodliffe Captain Stein
Ivan Triesault Von Kleist
Luther Adler Actor
John Day Actor
Barry Ford Ransom's Batman
Buzz Henry Actor
Eric Micklewood Ransom
Michael Romanoff Italian Nobleman
James B. Sikking American Soldier
Al Wyatt Actor
Gino Gottarelli Gortz's Aides
Benito Prezia Italian Corporal
Bard Stevens German Sergeant
Don Grant Actor
John van Dreelen Colonel Gortz
Michael St. Clair Sgt. Dunbar
Brian Gaffikin English voices

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director,Executive Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Saul David Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Joseph Landon Screenwriter
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Ben Nye Makeup
Walter Rossi Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. The Downed Pilot [2:37]
2. Main Titles [1:41]
3. The Funeral [1:40]
4. The American Colonel [3:58]
5. A Full House [:34]
6. The Americans [2:29]
7. The British [1:54]
8. Escape Rations [2:15]
9. The New Commander [2:53]
10. The Naked Parade [1:49]
11. Military Justice [4:02]
12. Time to Move [4:04]
13. Ryan's Mistake [1:33]
14. A Train to Rome [3:33]
15. Ryan's Plan [3:51]
16. Taking Over the Train [:35]
17. Traveling Plans [4:35]
18. Nazi Masquerade [4:20]
19. Rerouting the Train [1:50]
20. A Tense Trade [2:53]
21. The Right Thing to Do [:02]
22. An Escape Attempt [:45]
23. Found Out [7:41]
24. Hell on the Tracks [1:44]
25. Escape Through Milan [1:39]
26. Messerschmidts [6:20]
27. Repairing the Tracks [1:48]
28. Blood on the Rails [2:51]
29. Ryan's Victory [2:49]
30. End Titles [:34]

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Von Ryan's Express 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DavidCFL More than 1 year ago
Von Ryan's Express is a fast-paced, World War II drama. A squadron of Allied soldiers trying to escape a prison camp train in Italy. While most of the prisoners are British, a resourceful American Air Force colonel (Frank Sinatra) takes charge and leads the escape, which requires that the prisoners get control of a prisoner of war train and propel it through Italy to Switzerland. Featuring good special effects and outstanding stunt work, is great fun and suspenseful. Frank Sinatra makes an effective action hero aided by veteran actor Trevor Howard. The CinemaScope photography is outstanding. If you are a war movie buff, this would be an outstanding addition to your movie library.
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