This classic New York City subway-heist film suffers from a stripped down DVD release. Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw are both excellent in this hard-boiled, '70s cops-and-robbers drama that relies heavily on black humor. The film was ahead of its time in combining laughs with violence, and Quentin Tarantino was obviously watching. (Notice how the bad guys use color-coded aliases like Mr. Brown, which popped up in Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs). Matthau's dry one-liners predate the sensitivity of the P.C. era and give the movie its edge. Presented here in theatrical widescreen, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three offers no extras other than its trailer, joining an annoying trend of bare-bones DVD releases. The package does include a liner note booklet with information about the production, focusing instead on the film's use of the NYC subway. This archaic feature easily could have been digitized and expanded; the fact that it was not displays the lack of creativity that marks this entire release.