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The Railway Man (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review



Check out our review of The Railway man, the story of a former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Later in life he discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.



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Audio/Video total rating:
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92



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Studio and Year: Anchor Bay - 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 108 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård
Directed by: Jonathan Teplitzky
Music by: David Hirschfelder
Written by: Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson (screenplay), Eric Lomax (Book)
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 12, 2014




"Based on the best selling book by Eric Lomax"




My Take:

When reading the description on its packaging, The Railway Man sounds a bit like The Bridge Over The River Kwai, but an extension where we see the post traumatic stress of the POW's many years later. It is the true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) and is based on his book. Lomax was an Allied prisoner of war who was forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during World War 2. We meet Lomax later in life as he falls in love with Patti (Nicole Kidman). As Patti starts to see that Eric is still mentally tormented by his experience, she vows to help him rid his demons. When she learns that the Japanese officer who abused and tormented her Husband 40 years earlier is still alive, she faces a life changing decision-- Tell him and stand by him no matter what he does, or keep this to herself?

This is heavy stuff that plays out natural because of great performance by Firth and Kidman. Never once did I squawk at the weight of melodrama here as the films pacing between real time and flashbacks of the prison camp flowed so well. I was engaged with this mans mental fight, hoping him well and being frustrated and wanting revenge on the Japanese officer myself. What really struck me was how this film about torment, torture and revenge was really about love, hope and ultimately a great exercise in humanity. Coupled with striking cinematography and a great score from David Hirschfelder (Australia, Elizabeth) this a film not to be missed.



Parental Guide:

This film contains disturbing prisoner of war violence.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 90
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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 94
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The Railway Man comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26.8 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

The Railway Man is a filmic and gorgeous transfer that is a must see for film aficionados. Besides a few shots that were a tad soft most every frame was striking with fine details on everything in the back and foreground. Colors pop and help the onscreen dimension dig even deeper. Black levels are spot on as are its shadow details. This is one not to miss.

The films Lossless audio track is of equal caliber with its impressive soundtrack playing with dynamics and bombast when needed and creating a chilling feeling at proper times. Dialogue is always discernible and the environments natural atmosphere plays precise out of effect channels. Dynamic range matches the onscreen dimension as the LFE rumbles when needed and high end is crisp and their differential is apparent. Thick sounding is a quick and dirty description.





Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jonathan Teplitzky and Co-Writer/Producer Andy Paterson
  • (HD) The Making of The Railway Man
  • Digital HD Copy





Final Thoughts:

The Railway Man is a remarkable film and it is a crime that this has gone under the radar. Colin Firth is as strong as ever, the direction and cinematography are great as is the films script. This is not to be missed and is a relic of a time when films and drama were much more appreciated. Anchor Bays transfer is fantastic and I highly recommend this one!






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Lee,

I agree, this is a terrific film.

Do you know why the BD running time is 108 but IMDB and the UK release state 116 minutes?.

I can't imagine that 8 minutes are missing on the US BD.

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Based on your review I'll have to give this one a view. Should be a nice break from all the summer blockbusters


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Based on your review I'll have to give this one a view. Should be a nice break from all the summer blockbusters


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I saw this with my family the other night and we all enjoyed it.

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Very good movie...it starts out a little strange but really picks up steam in the second and third act. Well acted all around and quite enjoyable. Great review Lee.
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Greetings,

Count me in for wanting to see this one as well. Nice job Lee..!


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Count me in for wanting to see this one as well. Nice job Lee..!


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Great review. I had read about this one coming out, and appreciate your review.
When I read the advance article, it brought back memories of watching the Bridge over River Kwai with my Dad (a veteran) many-many years ago when I was a kid.

Your review has turned this into a Must-See for me - Thank You !!
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We watched it 4 weeks ago. Excellent movie, well worth having.
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This seems like an interesting movie and one that I would like. Definitely giving this one a view.
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Lee,

I agree, this is a terrific film.

Do you know why the BD running time is 108 but IMDB and the UK release state 116 minutes?.

I can't imagine that 8 minutes are missing on the US BD.

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Sorry about that.

The Weinstein's edited the film for the US release. The rest of the world got the uncut original. I enjoy the US cut but will import the UK to see what is missing.

I guess the Weinsteins are known to do this.

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Sorry about that.

The Weinstein's edited the film for the US release. The rest of the world got the uncut original. I enjoy the US cut but will import the UK to see what is missing.

I guess the Weinsteins are known to do this.

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Well, I'm glad I didn't miss this one (thanks Lee!). My sister and I watched this film last weekend and enjoyed it very much. It's hard to imagine the struggle a POW goes through dealing with such a traumatic experience for the rest of their life and I think this movie portrayed several men's situations, and ultimate resolutions, very well and from both sides of the fence.


It was very easy to "step into the shoes" of the various rolls due to the great acting by everyone involved. Very smooth, natural, and believable. I'm a big fan of Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix, Extant, 47 Ronin and a ton of others) and I don't think they could have picked a better actor to play the after-war Nagase.


Overall it is an excellent drama of the best kind, based on a true story and real people.
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Well, I'm glad I didn't miss this one (thanks Lee!). My sister and I watched this film last weekend and enjoyed it very much. It's hard to imagine the struggle a POW goes through dealing with such a traumatic experience for the rest of their life and I think this movie portrayed several men's situations, and ultimate resolutions, very well and from both sides of the fence.


It was very easy to "step into the shoes" of the various rolls due to the great acting by everyone involved. Very smooth, natural, and believable. I'm a big fan of Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix, Extant, 47 Ronin and a ton of others) and I don't think they could have picked a better actor to play the after-war Nagase.


Overall it is an excellent drama of the best kind, based on a true story and real people.
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One of the best movies I've seen all year. Loved how multidimensional the film turned out to be; very hard to catalog and refreshingly human.
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Sorry about that.

The Weinstein's edited the film for the US release. The rest of the world got the uncut original. I enjoy the US cut but will import the UK to see what is missing.

I guess the Weinsteins are known to do this.

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If you ever do get around to seeing the uncut one, please share your thoughts on whether it was worth it. I also dislike when they do that - they did something similar during the first season of downton abbey.
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