The Incident - Dual Blu-ray and DVD

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 08:40

Martin Sheen and Tony Musante make their feature film debuts in this hard-hitting, urban thriller from 1967. Sheen (“Apocalypse Now”, “Badlands”) and Musante (“The Last Run”, Oz) play a couple of street thugs who terrorise the passengers on a New York subway train in the middle of the night. Drunk and unruly, the pair block the exits and work their way around the coach, mentally and physically poking and prodding their fellow travellers to try to provoke a reaction.

The cast also includes Beau Bridges (“The Fabulous Baker Boys”) as an injured army Private, Brock Peters (“To Kill a Mockingbird”, Admiral Cartwright in the 4th and 6th “Star Trek” movies and DS9’s Joseph Sisko) as an angry, anti-white rights activist, Ruby Dee (“American Gangster”, “Do the Right Thing”) as his quiet wife, Jack Gilford (the “Cocoon” movies) as one half of an older couple and Robert Fields (“The Stepford Wives”, “The Blob”) as an awkward gay man seeking friendship.

The film adroitly introduces each set of flawed characters before they board the train, each with a grievance or issue that we anticipate will cause friction in the pressure-cooker environment of the coach. When the hoodlums join a full carriage, their threatening, repulsive antics expose cracks in relationships and underlying frustrations.

Although there are lots shots of the subway train winding its way through the mostly-sleeping city, the movie would surely make an excellent theatre play. Director Larry Peerce (“Goodbye, Columbus”, “One Potato, Two Potato”) leads us into the train and then makes us feel trapped along with the characters, squirming in our seats as events unfold.

This is one of the tensest and in many cases ugliest thrillers I have ever seen; barely a minute passes without one character having a go at another. That makes it a difficult watch but I was compelled to see it through to the end, especially when the superb acting sells it so well.

Special features include:

  • 1080p high-definition digital transfer, available for the first time ever on Blu-ray
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack (on Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Audio Commentary with Director Larry Peerce and Film Historian Nick Redman
  • Post-screening Q&A with director Larry Peerce, filmed at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival [30 mins]
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film writer Samm Deighan, and critic and journalist Barry Forshaw; Welcome to Fear City: A Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York a reprint of the notorious pamphlet distributed at the height of New York’s crime epidemic

The scratchy, blurry trailer illustrates the excellent job the restoration team have done to justify a release of the main feature on Blu-ray. The black and white image has a lot of grain but it just adds to the grimy feel of the story.

“The Incident” (1967) is out now on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD (2 discs), courtesy of Eureka Entertainment Ltd. The main feature has a running time of 100 minutes approx, carries a ‘12’ certificate and retails for £17.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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