Jun 252023

The Great Train Robbery is another fun heist movie from the 1970s and while it’s not as good as a film like The Sting, it’s still well worth checking out.



The Great Train Robbery

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Kino Lorber| PG – 111 min. – $29.95 | June 13, 2023

Date Published: 06/25/2023 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Michael Crichton
Writer(s): Michael Crichton (novel) (screenplay)
Cast: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down

Features: Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spot
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Kino Lorber provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 3¾/5

Plot Synopsis: Edward Pierce (SEAN CONNERY) is a master thief of the Victorian Era who’s never found a heist he couldn’t pull off. For his next criminal operation, he plans something that has never been done before: to rob a moving train. Working with a master safecracker (DONALD SUTHERLAND) and a seductive woman (LESLEY-ANNE DOWN), Pierce devises an incredibly complex plan to break into the train’s safe and steal the thousands of dollars’ worth of gold that are contained within.

Quick Hit Review: The Great Train Robbery is a fun 1970s-era heist-thriller featuring fun performances from Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and the lovely Lesley-Anne Down. The only issue is we do have a main character in Connery’s Edward Pierce who is morally corrupt with not only stealing gold meant for innocent soldiers (at least that’s how I saw it) but even chases down and murders a con who sold him out. But taking that aside, it’s still has plenty of suspense and enjoyable twists that makes it an all around entertaining flick.



This release comes with a matted slip cover. Features were ported over from MGM’s DVD and include an Audio Commentary with Screenwriter/Director Michael Crichton, Theatrical Trailer and a TV Spot.


VIDEO – 4/5

Kino Lorber releases The Great Train Robbery for a second time, the previous in 2014 and in all likelihood the same transfer. This 1080p high-definition picture is presented in the original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. It’s not a perfect transfer for sure with some of the more distant shots appearing a tad soft while close-ups do show some more detail. Colors at least are well balanced as are the black levels.

AUDIO – 4½/5

Where the 2014 Blu-ray had only a Dolby Digital 5.1, this one at least upgrades to a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track as well as a 2.0 option, the firmer is default. This outputs crisp and clean dialogue via the front channel and good depth for some ambient noises like at the train station where we hear a variety of general chatter. There was no signs of pops, hisses or other audio flaws.



Overall, The Great Train Robbery is another fun heist movie from the 1970s and while it’s not as good as a film like The Sting, it’s still well worth checking out.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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