Midnight Express Blu-ray review

MidnightExpressSquareThe mostly-true story of William Hayes’ arrest and incarceration in a Turkish prison for drug smuggling makes for riveting drama, thanks largely to a young Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning script, Alan Parker’s assured direction, and a gutsy, heartfelt and entirely raw performance by the late Brad Davis. Despite Giorgio Moroder’s dated electronic score (which won the film’s other Oscar), it remains as powerful today as it was 30 years ago, with a crisp HD transfer which highlights Parker’s extraordinary visual sense.

EXTRAS: There’s no fancy editing, but the hour of mostly new, largely HD interviews – with Parker, Stone, John Hurt, producers Peter Guber, David Putnam and Alan Marshall, and Hayes himself – provide a book’s worth of anecdotal behind-the-scenes material, from story concept to smash hit release, rendering Parker’s audio commentary virtually redundant.

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