Rocky Mountain Express Is An Enjoyable Cinematic Ride

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

The story of the Trans-Continental Railroad is one of the most well-known stories in North America’s rich transportation history.  Thousands labored and lost their lives in the building of the railroad.  Its creation marked the end of one era of for America and the beginning of a broad new era.  As well-known as the history of the Trans-Continental railroad is, it is not North America’s only great railway.  Canada has its own Trans-Continental Railway whose creation boasts its own gripping tale.  Now thanks to Shout! Factory the story of that railway is finally being told in the new IMAX presentation Rocky Mountain Express.  Originally shown in museum theaters across America, audiences can now own the documentary for themselves on Blu-ray + Digital and 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo pack.  That dual presentation is in itself just one of the many key elements to note in this documentary’s presentation.  The story at the center of the documentary is the program’s key element.  It will be discussed shortly.  The cinematography that is presented throughout the course of the program’s 45-minute run time is just as important to the program’s presentation as the story that forms the program’s foundation.  The bonus material that is included with the program in its new home release is just as important to the program’s presentation as its story, cinematography, and available platforms.  Each element is important in its own way to the program’s presentation in its new home release.  All things considered it is a wonderful ride for any lover of transportation history and lover of trains.

Shout! Factory’s new home release of Rocky Mountain Express is a wonderful ride for any lover of transportation history and lover of trains in general.  Originally released in Canada in 2011, this 45-minute documentary has received new acclaim as it has recently been making the rounds in IMAX theaters at many of America’s museums.  It offers its key audiences plenty to appreciate beginning with its central story.  The story at the center of the program is that of Canada’s Trans-Continental Railroad.  It is a story that despite being part of North America’s transportation history has received far less attention than that of America’s own Trans-Continental Railroad.  Yet it is just as gripping and engaging of a story as that of the construction of Americas Trans-Continental Railroad.  Audiences will be interested to lean not only of the men who built Canada’s “Rocky Mountain Railroad” but also of the perils faced by those men in bringing it to fruition.  What’s more viewers will be just as interested to learn the very way in which the railroad was planned before construction even began.  Apparently two routes were presented for the railroad—an easy route and a much more difficult and dangerous root.  For whatever reason, railroad head William Van Horne opted for the much more dangerous, mountainous route, in turn costing thousands of lives along the way.  One can only imagine how different things would have been for the railroad’s history and its workers had Van Horne opted for the easier, more stable route that had been presented.  Sadly, that will never be known.  Though, at least the world can look back and say that Van Horne got lucky since the railroad was eventually completed.  Regardless, the cost in human lives and damage to equipment along the way is stunning to say the very least.  That consideration puts things into their own interesting perspective looking at the end result of that work put in to construct the railroad.  It will likely create its own share of discussion among transportation history buffs and railroad aficionados.  Considering the awe and discussion that the program’s central story is certain to generate its importance becomes wholly clear in the grand scheme of the program.  It is not the program’s only key element either.  The cinematography that is presented throughout the course of the program’s 45-minute run time is just as important to its presentation as its story.

The story at the center of Rocky Mountain Express is a key part of the program’s presentation.  It tells a story that has needed to be told for any ages.  That is especially the case considering that it shows America’s Trans-Continental Railroad wasn’t North America’s only great railway.  The story of the men who made the railroad happen is just as interesting as the story of the railroad’s very construction.  Of course the overall story of the railroad’s construction is just one of the program’s most important elements.  The cinematography that is presented throughout the program is just as important to note as the story itself.  The footage that is presented is stunning to say the absolute least.  The program combines stunning aerial footage with various shots captured on board the 2816 (the engine that viewers follow on its journey along the railroad) for a visual experience that is absolutely breathtaking in every scene.  The aerial footage was captured using cameras mounted aboard various helicopters and includes powerful footage of snow-covered mountains, fly byes of the 2816, wide shots of the 2816 against beautiful nature backdrops, and so many other angles.  The footage capture from aboard the 2816 includes footage showing the power of the engine’s mechanical components, the majesty of its very size, and much more.  Every angle and ever second of footage is beautiful, stunning, and awe-inspiring to say the very least.  All things considered here, audiences will agree in taking in the program’s cinematography that it was completely deserving of its awards.  Even with its importance the program’s cinematography is still not the program’s last notable element.  The bonus material that is included in the program is just as important to note in its presentation as its cinematography and story.

The story at the center of Rocky Mountain Express and the cinematography used to help tell the story are both key to the program’s overall presentation.  As important as they are to the program’s presentation they are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that has been included in the program’s home release is just as important to its presentation as its story and cinematography.  The most notable of the bonuses included in the program is the 22-minute mini-documentary Railroaders.  It provides even more depth to the story presented in the program’s main feature.  It tells the story not of the men who built the railroad but the men who maintained it in its earlier days.  There was apparently a lot of work that went into keeping the railway running in its earlier days.  This included not only keeping the snow and ice off of the rails but also keeping it off of the communication lines along the railroad’s route.  It also involved walking the tracks every day to make sure that not even one track was out of place.  And as viewers will see, this process went on essentially 24-7 regardless of the weather (or in some cases because of the weather).  The much shorter, 1-minute animated The Romance of Transportation in Canada is entertaining in its own right.  It provides a brief history of the evolution of transportation in Canada.  Believe it or not it adds its own historical significance to the story presented in Rocky Mountain Express’ main feature.  The historical significance and depth that both features add to the program’s main feature shows even more their importance to the program’s presentation in whole.  They show that they are just as important to the program’s presentation as its central story and its companion cinematography.  Together with the program’s central story and cinematography they round out the program’s most important elements and show in whole why Rocky Mountain Express is a wonderful ride for transportation history buffs and lovers of trains alike.  That is not even counting the dual platforms on which the program is available.  It is worth noting in its own right.  When this element is set against all of the other noted elements the program in whole becomes a must see for any transportation history buff and for any lover of trains.

Shout! Factory’s new IMAX documentary Rocky Mountain Express is a must see for any transportation history buff and train lover.  That is due in part to the program’s central story.  The story presents the history of the construction of Canada’s Trans-Continental Railroad.  It is a story that is rarely, if ever, taught in American schools today or even history books in general.  This is despite the fact that it is obviously an important part of North America’s transportation history in whole.  The award-winning cinematography exhibited throughout the course of the program is just as important to its presentation as its story.  That is because from one angle to the next it is so awe-inspiring.  The bonus material and dual platform availability of the program are notable in their own right in examining this documentary’s presentation.  Each piece of the whole is important in its own right.  All in all this program proves itself to be a must see for any transportation history buff and any lover of trains in general.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/rocky-mountain-express.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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