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The Great Locomotive Chase (Bilingual)

Fess Parker , Jeffrey Hunter , Francis Lyon    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Disney's Great Locomotive Chase relates a true Civil War story about the Andrews Raiders, a team of 22 Union spies who. In 1862 they snatched a train out from under the normally watchful eyes of Confederate troops based near Atlanta in a daredevil attempt to wreck the track and bridges of the Western & Atlantic Railroad. It was a high-stakes operation with a huge payoff. If they succeeded, they would effectively win the war; if they were caught, they were sure to be hanged. This 1956 feature shores up the suspense of the scheme masterfully. We watch, transfixed, as the relentless Confederate train conductor, William Fuller (played by the all-business Jeffrey Hunter) roars through a bevy of Southern stations hot on the heels of his hijacked locomotive. Will James Andrews (Fess Parker), leader of the Raiders, outrun him? History buffs won't need to keep watching for long, but they'll want to anyway--the portrayal of the Raiders' gumption and against-all-odds heroics pushes the basest, most human of audience buttons. It's not that The Great Locomotive Chase is a simple but well-done film about good vs. evil. Instead, it explores both sides' motives and draws gentle conclusions about honor, and it does so at an invigoratingly high clip. In that way, it's a movie worth sharing with kids 8 and older--there's no blood and only a sprinkling of violence here, but as with all war stories, tragedy plays a prominent role. The DVD edition's sole special feature is chapter selection, a neat option for anyone apt to screen especially riveting chase scenes repeatedly. --Tammy La Gorce

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After commandeering a Confederate locomotive, heroic Yankee soldiers known as the Andrews Raiders try to bring about an early end to the Civil War by crippling the Southern railroad network. But their efforts are hampered by the unrelenting bravery of a single Rebel patriot.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Review of Disney May 2002 release June 4 2004
By Yarby
Format:DVD
After two previous releases by Anchor Bay, one would assume this release by the movie producer, Disney, would be the ultimate issue of this film. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Besides having zero....none, nyet....bonus features....not even a trailer, this release is riddled with problems. While the menu and FBI warnings are anamorphic, the movie itself is not. If the transfer had been halfway decent, this would be somewhat forgiveable. However, the transfer is grainy, the color pulses, and edge enhancement is frequent throughout. Certain portions of the movie even appear to be in the wrong ratio....as if the screen were squeezed top to bottom.
Another problem I encountered....and basically the last straw....was the random appearance of foreign subtitles as I watched the movie. Whether this is a problem with all DVD players, I do not know [mine is a Toshiba]....but on a quality product, this should never be a problem on any player.
While the movie is somewhat enjoyable [typical 50's Disney-style drama], I'd avoid this DVD [wish I HAD] based purely on the lack of effort Disney put out in assembling it.
Figures....Disney finally releases some of its movies in their entirety [not the destructive pan & scan], and they still put out a lousy DVD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film, Disappointing DVD May 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Read the other reviews for a plot synopsis. Be aware that this film is presented in "Letterbox" widescreen, not anamorphic (although the menu pages & even the copyright warning page are anamorphic widescreen). The picture quality is mediocre, as is the sound. I thought that Disney (who released the original film to the theaters in 1956) would treat this film with some respect, but alas, as seems to be happening with all major studios' DVD releases now, they appear to be taking the cheapest way out. The film is a very good historical action piece that deserves better, especially from Disney. I just hope they treat the upcoming Davey Crockett release better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History, Disney style April 15 2002
Format:DVD
Walt Disney loved trains. He took the "Andrews Raiders" incident from the Civil War (that involved Union spies hijacking a Confederate train) and turned it into a movie. It has it's inaccuracies, but overall it gives you an idea of what really happened. What really makes this movie is that Disney contacted the B&O train museum in Baltimore, and borrowed some of their period locomotives and equipment. Portraying the hijacked locomotive "The General" is the "William Mason" from the museum. She's a fine lady of a locomotive, who appeared not only in this movie, but the recent flop "The Wild Wild West" as "the Wanderer". Fess Parker gives his usual wooden and stilted performance as Andrews, and being a Disney film there's singing (but no dancing) in the movie. But Jeffrey Hunter does a great job as Fuller, the Confederate conductor of the hijacked train. Most men would have been alarmed as they watched their train pull away without the regular crew, but how many would run after it like Fuller did? And run and run, commandeering a rail car and 3 locomotives before finally catching up with the stolen train. Hunter captures the determination of this man who is the single reason the plan of the Andrews Raiders failed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of My All Time Favorites Feb. 2 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"The Great Locomotive Chase" was one of my favorite movies when I was little, and it still is today. This movie is about a true story about the event in the Civil War. If it weren't for Disney's movie, I would not know about The Great Locomotive Chase. Information is hard to find. That is why this movie is so great, for in almost all phases, it is accurate.
The actors so a great job too. Fess Parker and Jeffrey Hunter do wonderful portrayals, but so do all the actors in this movie. The chase scenes are also wonderfully done as the character William Fuller goes from foot, to a pushcar, and through three engines in pursuit of the Yankee spies. Of course there is more than just the chase. The movie gives viewers the background, the planning, the chase, the Yankees escpae from prison, and of course the survivors being rewarded. A great moment in the movie (whether it really happened or not) is when Andrews and Fuller shake hands at the end; it is great scene.
I would recommed this for anybody whether they enjoy the history or the action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars April 12,1862. April 26 2001
Format:DVD
Fess Parker ("Davy Crockett:King of The Wild Frontier"/1956)stars as James J.Andrews,leader of the Union spies,who steal a train in broad daylight,from Confederate troops.Jeffrey Hunter (who is probably best remembered for his role as Jesus Christ,in "King of Kings"/1961), plays William A.Fuller,a brave Rebel,and a Patriot. The Great Locomotive Chase perfectly captures the essence of it's subject,in script,performance,and good Cinematography.Many memorable scenes,including the inevitable Locomotive Chases,an Empty box car sent down the track (on fire) by James Andrews,in order to crash into the approaching Locomotive,carrying William Fuller,amongst others,the actual run up to,and theft.And then the ending,inevitable for anyone who knows their History,never-the-less,an exciting one.About the Transfer of this film to DVD:Anchor Bay have done a very good job!Now this film can be seen properly,the Cinematography looks superb,justified by just the right amount of colour depth,and contrast inparticular,spot-on.Original Aspect Ratio,2.35:1,Sharp,detailed,and only a handful of scenes that show even slight traces of dirt.4.5/5. The Sound quality of this DVD:Considering the age of the material,i expected the sound on this DVD to be somewhat inferior.Again,as with the picture quality,i was very surprised,it is very clear,especially the speech.No hissing,or distortion related problems,but on rare occasion i did hear a slight glitch in the form of a popping noise,on i think,a reel change.Overall,for the sound:3.5/5. So,as a DVD,The Great Locomotive Chase,has been given very good treatment by anchor bay,having now seen this film in it's original theatrical aspect ratio,so clearly,was almost like watching it the first time,again.A great film,that keeps you hanging on,right until the end.My only real complaint to Anchor bay would be:Where are the additional materials?!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Locomotive Chase DVD
Another blast from the past for my husband. He enjoyed it, the product was good and the delivery was prompt. No problem dealing with these folks again.
Published 11 months ago by dragonworks
3.0 out of 5 stars re: new version dvd
the new version dvd (with the painting of the locomotive cover) is a full-frame only version. knowing this would've saved me some heartache (and money)
Published on April 1 2003 by D
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Done (and Real) Civil War Spy Story
I remember seeing this fine film in original release and on television when I was a young girl. I was fascinated by the real-life Civil War spy story, the brave men fighting hard... Read more
Published on March 13 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Been chasing this one for years
Must admit first that i am into American Locomotives, more than i am the Civil War. So having spent many years at the Saturday Cinema shows as a child watching westerns, i... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2002 by Peter Harvatt Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a Question
Recently on TV, I saw some information about the Great Locomotive Chase. It gave information about how and where the movie was filmed. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic filmmaking based on a true story
It's a real treat to see Disney movies in all their glory back when movies actually meant something, unlike today's special effects ridden garbage. Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Harvey Henkelmann
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie
This movie is about a true event that happened during the Civil War.A group of yankee spies went south to hijack a train called the General while the crew got off for breakfast at... Read more
Published on April 20 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be remade
This is a half-forgotten Disney film concerning the attempted sabotage of the southern railroads durning the American Civil War. Read more
Published on March 2 2002 by "zinnias9"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Account
This was a good film. However, it's a little dated. We recently visited Kennisaw, Georgia, the home of "The General". Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2001 by Sonterro
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