The Great Locomotive Chase (Bilingual)
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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.|The movie is the second time the true story of Andrews' Raiders and their Civil War adventures was filmed. Buster Keaton's 1927 comedy THE GENERAL was the first.|Critic Bosley Crowther called the movie "great entertainment for youngsters and for anybody who ever had a yen for trains."
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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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ANOTHER OF WALT DISNEY'S CREATION OF SUSPENSE AND DRAMA BASED UPON THE CIVIL WAR SEGMENT ON THE BRAVERY,LOYALTY AND PATRIOTISM IN THE FACE OF ALL THE DANGERS. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JOHNNY WALKER
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 on Sept. 14 2013 by dragonworks
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
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 morePublished on March 13 2003
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 morePublished on Nov. 11 2002 by Peter Harvatt Robinson
Recently on TV, I saw some information about the Great Locomotive Chase. It gave information about how and where the movie was filmed. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002
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 morePublished on July 15 2002 by Harvey Henkelmann
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