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Assault on Precinct 13 (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] [1976] [2005] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EALTWJ0
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Blu Review Obscura on 24 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray Review

Distributor : Image Entertainment (US)

The original John Carpenter classic find it's way to Blu-ray disc courtesy of US distributor Image Entertainment who have unfortunately put this out on a region A locked disc.

The film has always been a must own title for classic movie collectors, so this review aims to see if the same would also apply to this Blu-ray release.

Assault on Precinct 13 has previously been widely available on a number of poor quality DVD releases which have mostly had varying degrees of problems including poor transfer, print damage and even wrong aspect ratio among them. This Blu-ray release presents a new1080p correctly framed 2.35:1 transfer which is a revelation to fans of the film. The detail which is present in the print is actually quite stunning considering the films low budget roots, colours are especially well defined and even black levels look impressive here. This film never has and probably never will again, look this good. There really is no comparison between this new Blu-ray transfer and some of those earlier DVD releases, finally this is how the film needs to be seen.

The DTS HD 5.1 audio is clear, although can seem a little flat during some of the quieter scenes, however it is at all times, free from distortion and I'm sure that any very slight muffling effect, is actually due more to the low budget roots of the film itself, rather than the presentation here. One really noticeable point on the audio, is the now classic score which sounds fantastic clearly pounding through your speakers like never before.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "zerosniper" on 19 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
Assault on Precinct 13 is probably one of John Carpenter's best films (along with The Thing). That said, you certainly don't have to be a fan of John Carpenter's other films to enjoy this.
Although the film does look rather dated now (hardly surprising considering it was made in 1976), it still manages to entertain the viewer with its thrilling action sequences and by constantly maintaining the tension until the very end. The electro music also adds to the overall feel of the film.
Overall, a film worth adding to your collection.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 25 July 2006
Format: DVD
Carpenter's revamp and resurrection of Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead is undoubtedly one of the best films of the last 30 years, and unfortunately one of the most overlooked. With the recent remake, (still haven't seen) hopefully more people will see this and recognise it as a modern classic. Low budget, unknown actors, tense, shocking and exciting, witty dialogue, shady characters, Assault is everything you would expect from a classic Carpenter film.

A group of criminals are being transported to another prison by armoured truck when one of them becomes seriously ill. They decide to stop at the local Police Station to lock up the prisoners and see if they can help the man. However, the Station they stop at is closing down and there is only one cop and a couple of secretaries inside. The prisoners are locked up, including Napolean Wilson- a notorious murderer, while the cops decide what to do. The power has been cut off, but people will be coming in the morning to finally close the place. Night has just fallen. Meanwhile a man in a frantic state runs into the station but won't say what has happened, falling into a comatose state. The Station suddenly comes under attack, and looking outside it seems that hundreds of gang members with guns have started a war with the those inside. With no help and only a few weapons, the survivors- cop, criminals, secretaries must work together to stay alive, and perhaps try to find a way out.

The two male leads of Stoker as the cop, and Joston as Napolean are both brilliant in the roles, unknown faces adding the the sense of uncertainty. Joston delivers his few lines with cool and even though he is a bad guy, he naturally becomes our favourite character. Stoker tries to hold everything together as the law, but realises this will not work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trancer on 26 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember this film from long long ago. The actual music from the film was used by a group called "Bomb the Bass" in the 80's on a song called "MegaBlast".
But back to the film, its a tense fight for survival as a man sees his daughter shot dead by a gang faction. He follows the gang and shoots dead the gang leader. The film hots up as he runs into a shutting down police station an the gang lay seige to it all night.
Its a film of survival and does have a couple of bits of humor as well. John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors of all time and this well thought out and created film is one of his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
"Driven by random violence, chance and fate" as Carpenter put it on the commentary track that ISN'Ton this new 'special edition' but can be found on the US and German releases, it's easy to see his breakthrough feature (in the UK at least: it tanked Stateside) as a reaction against the cynicism of both the times ("There are no heroes anymore, only men who follow orders," says a voice over Austin Stoker's police radio) and its style of film-making. Carpenter's films often take place in a wasteland or an abandoned environment - Escape From New York, The Thing, They Live - but that is more of a narrative device to highlight his characters' self-reliance and increase the odds against them than a springboard for social criticism.

Always at his best with a low budget that forced him to rely on his intuitive sense of the cinematic to overcome, Carpenter in his prime was a visceral director with a knack for updating classic genres with wit, imagination and style (not to be confused with the modern equivalent, which had more to do with slick cinematography and snappy editing). Here he gives all the trimmings of urban paranoia, particularly potent in a decade (the seventies) increasingly aware of growing alienation from and loss of community, with an old-fashioned tale of reluctant heroes doing what they've got to do complete with macho Hawksian dialogue and a classical film-making style.
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