Second Run DVD announce the release of Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s acclaimed 1959 film Night Train on May 27th


Night Train (Pociąg) 

A film by Jerzy Kawalerowicz


Poland / 1959 / BBFC cert: 12 / Feature: 94 minutes / Special Feature: 7 mins / Language: Polish / Subtitles: English

Venice Film Festival, 1959 / Best Actress – Lucyna Winnicka 

“Kawalerowicz’s masterwork… visually magnificent” (Bright Lights Film Journal)

Kawalerowicz’s celebrated film is considered one of the finest achievements of Polish cinema. Employing a classic Hitchcockian premise – two people, one possibly a killer on the run, sharing a compartment on a crowded overnight train – Kawalerowicz turns a thriller into an intriguing character study of ordinary people in unusual circumstances.

Featuring impressive performances from Lucyna Winnicka (Mother Joan of the Angels), Zbigniew Cybulski (the ‘Polish James Dean’) and Leon Niemczyk (Knife in the Water), Night Train is more than simply a thriller… taut and gripping but also suffused with humour and warmth and boasting a wonderful jazz score by renowned composer Andrzej Trzaskowski.

“A superbly taut thriller, constantly challenging its audience… the tension is unbearable and well handled at all times” thirtyframesasecond

“This is magnificent filmmaking on every level” Digital Fix

DVD Special features:

• Presented from a new HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound.

About ‘Night Train’: an extract from a documentary on Kawalerowicz.

• New and improved English subtitle translation.

• Booklet featuring a new essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke.

Release date: 27 May 2013