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Before you go out and read the novel the movie Bullet Train is based on, check out my review here at borg from last year.  Perhaps the English edition is a poor translation of Kotaro Isaka’s novel Maria Beetle, but I’m thinking it’s just simply a dry novel with a good title.  Either way, for a title like Bullet Train, it was lacking in many ways.  Happily, the first trailer for the movie adaptation starring Brad Pitt looks nothing like the novel, which was an homage to Thomas the Tank Engine cartoons (seriously!).  In the movie trailer Pitt appears like he’s stepping back into the role of Cliff Booth, that badass brawler from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (who was even better in Quentin Tarantino’s novel than in the film) So the good news is director David Leitch, known for actual action content like Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw, and John Wick, seems to be disregarding the book and focusing on what audiences would expect from that title: a big action movie.

Full of style and color (and action!) backed by a Japanese version of the BeeGees’ Staying Alive–check out the trailer for Bullet Train:

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Before John Badham was directing the best genre television in shows like Supernatural, Psych, Arrow, 12 Monkeys, Constantine, Nikita, In Plain Sight, and Heroes, he created two big, era-defining, memorable movies–Saturday Night Fever and WarGames.  This year Saturday Night Fever turns 40, so Badham went back to the film to create his own director’s cut edition, available for the first time today.

The new edition includes John Travolta’s memorable, Oscar-nominated performance and now classic 1970s dance moves, plus chart-topping classic BeeGees songs that would define disco: Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, More Than a Woman, Jive Talkin, and You Should Be Dancing.  It also includes extra scenes cut at the last minute to make sure the film came in at under two hours.  So in the new cut expect to see scenes featuring more personal character and plot development to better understand Travolta’s Tony Manero.

The film has been restored from the original negative in 4K with updated surround sound.  The Blu-ray edition includes both the director’s cut and theatrical version of the film, commentary by director John Badham, a five-part feature on the film entitled “Catching the Fever,” plus behind-the-scenes featurettes.
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