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Old 08-18-2011, 07:34 PM
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Nate has reviewed the original 'Taking of Pelham One Two Three.' He says this film is great. It's got Matthau! This Blu-ray features average video, problematic audio, and a trailer. This is worth a look!

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Old 08-18-2011, 09:02 PM
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I agree with this review. This is definitely light years better than the Denzel Washington/John Travolta movie. The very last scene of this film, with Walter Mathau's expression, is worth the price of admission for this flick alone. Good stuff.
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The very last scene of this film, with Walter Mathau's expression, is worth the price of admission for this flick alone. Good stuff.
Agreed there. Come on Dummies! Come on Dummies!

The Matthau original is one of my top 5 movies of all time. I bloody well love it. I also am not in the camp that the Travolta version is worthless. Oh sure, it's not in the same league at all, but it's not as bad as people make it out to be.

The middle one, with Edward James Olmos & Donnie Walhberg is worse than the Travolta version. I'm pretty sure the Olmos version isn't officially available on home video, though. I still have my VHS tape from when that aired on TV originally.
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I love this film and hated the remake. I bought the disc when it first came out a few months ago, wish they included a 5.1 remix for the soundtrack though. I thought PQ was pretty darn good for a film that came out in 1974 and wasn't a big budget production.
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'The mayor character (Lee Wallace) is a complete waste of time, necessary as it is to have someone approve the ransom demands. We don't need him fleshed out. Who cares if he's sick. Who cares if there's an argument over whether he should pay or not.'

This side plot may seem a waste of time but was probably more relevant during the films release. New York was in a pretty dire mess. Crime was at all time high, the city was facing bankruptcy, Cops were corrupt (I know, you don't have to say it), the city government was ineffective, and the subway was filthy (filthier?). Those scenes of a mayor may seem cliche for us today. However, I can imagine the downtrodden audiences of 1970's New York whooping at the caricatures of their hated public figures. Thus ensuring even more sympathy for the robbers.
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I liked this film when I saw it years ago. Matthau made it work for me; and you are right about the last shot with Matthau's expression. Just a great ending. While he is probably most remembered for the comedies he made, Matthau did make some pretty good dramas as well. I'd really love to see a Blu release of another Matthau drama, Charley Varrick. That was a very good little film that is probably not as well known as his others.
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'The mayor character (Lee Wallace) is a complete waste of time, necessary as it is to have someone approve the ransom demands. We don't need him fleshed out. Who cares if he's sick. Who cares if there's an argument over whether he should pay or not.'

This side plot may seem a waste of time but was probably more relevant during the films release. New York was in a pretty dire mess. Crime was at all time high, the city was facing bankruptcy, Cops were corrupt (I know, you don't have to say it), the city government was ineffective, and the subway was filthy (filthier?). Those scenes of a mayor may seem cliche for us today. However, I can imagine the downtrodden audiences of 1970's New York whooping at the caricatures of their hated public figures. Thus ensuring even more sympathy for the robbers.
FANTASTIC. this subplot doesn't, then, work with modern audiences. so now it makes sense, it just doesn't translate.

thanks a ton!
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Don't have the BD yet, but I loved this version a lot, when I watched it in the 80's.

I have to agree with the review :The new remake didn't touch me on any level. I was happy when that crap was over. John Travolta plays all these tough guys recently, to prove he is not gay...Denzel is saving the world all the time. What a waste of talent and money.
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completely agree with the review, and a very well written and detailed one at that.

i too saw the remake first, and was very much anticipating seeing the film and like many, was extremely let down by it. mind-numbingly stupid with a shitty screenplay and a horrible, horrible, horrible ending.
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