Luc Besson, one of France’s most esteemed directors has only recently found an audience with American audiences. Many of his earlier films have never been released theatrically in the States including his first major film Subway which many consider to be his most offbeat and entertaining film. Although, the film has been released by UAV with an exceedingly poor pan & scan transfer, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has given the film a much needed polish and will be releasing a new DVD of the film in November.
Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society of eccentric characters and petty criminals. Despite being pursued by the henchmen, Fred finds the time to flirt with Helena, blow a safe, rob a train, evade the hapless Metro police and start a rock band.
“Subway” will contain no special features, excepting for the typical bonus trailers on most Columbia discs. The film will however, be given a new anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Surround tracks in English and the original French with optional English subtitles.
“Subway” will pull into stores on November 6th and will carry a $24.95 pricetag.