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Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. Fleeing the corporate world, a safecracker named Fred (Christopher Lambert) decides to start a new life in the tunnels of the Paris Metro. Once underground, Fred meets a gang of eccentrics who call the subway home. Together, they form a rock band. Meanwhile, Fred is simultaneously seducing and blackmailing the wife (Isabelle Adjani) of his former boss -- the man whose safe he just robbed. Soon, Fred is trying to outrun both sides of the law. The only supplemental feature on this disc is the original French theatrical trailer for the film. This release is Region-Free and perfectly playable in North America. It is also English-friendly.
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With the higher price you get options. The Columbia/TriStar DVD is presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, anamorphically enhanced widescreen, and also offers the dubbed English soundtrack as well as subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Trailers and scene selections fill out the features offered.
The dubbed English soundtrack isn't so bad, for what it is. The translation doesn't jibe with the English subtitles ("You ruffle me"?), but Lambert, at least, dubbed himself. The dubbing for Jean Reno is a hoot and an unexpected bonus.
SUBWAY garnered 13 nominations in the 1986 Cesar Awards, France's answer to the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and five acting noms. The film took home three awards, including a Best Actor nod for Christophe Lambert.
SUBWAY is an early and significant entry in Luc Besson's portfolio, and that of several of its actors, most notably Jean Reno and Isabelle Adjani (who has earned 11 Best Actress awards to date). The film has one of the best openings ever -- sharp, frenetic, and a foreshadowing of RONIN's wondrous car chases. From there the story gets...strange, but that's expected of any sudden entry into a vastly differing society. Helena (Adjani), hair spiked stiff, tells off her gangster-husband and their so-polite dinner companions in one priceless scene, then flees in favor of the more companionable denizens found in the subway. SUBWAY leaves you scratching your head, wondering what's the point, where's the point, and knowing it's just there if you could only see it, lurking at the peripheral vision. Not a bad thing and, sure, not for everyone, but the trip into the Paris Metro is interesting and fun, nonetheless. Composer Eric Serra gets some screen time (Bassist), and watch for director Besson driving the train.
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Dubbing is awful!!!!! Watch it in French with subtitles if you can...
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