Monday, March 15, 2010

Coming to DVD: Night Train to Munich (1940)

Terrific DVD news today: on June 22, 2010, Criterion will be releasing NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH (1940).

I love the DVD cover!

NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH stars Margaret Lockwood and Rex Harrison. It's a suspense film directed by Carol Reed, with a screenplay by British screenwriting/directing greats Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder (THE LADY VANISHES, GREEN FOR DANGER).

The cricket-mad Caldicott and Charters characters from Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES, played by Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford, were such a hit that they reappeared in NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH. Gilliat and Launder wrote the screenplays for both films. Caldicott and Charters returned in several other movies and also on the radio.

This restored edition of NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH will have extras including an essay booklet and a featurette with two film scholars discussing the movie.

I just recorded this film from Fox Movie Channel a few days ago, but think I may wait to watch it in what promises to be a beautiful new Criterion print.

Update: According to Amazon, the release date was changed to June 29, 2010.


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