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Escape From L.A. [Blu-ray] [1997]

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell
  • Format: Dolby
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029KQO0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,379 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Snake Plissken, futuristic outlaw of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK fame, enters the island of Los Angeles (after THE earthquake) to retrieve a top-secret weapons device that, in the wrong hands, could destroy the world.


Fifteen years after John Carpenter squandered a great idea on a mediocre movie (Escape from New York), he does it again--this time on the Left Coast. Kurt Russell is back as the terminally cynical one-eyed action hero Snake Plissken who, this time, has been coerced into saving the world in Los Angeles. It's 2013 and L.A. is now an island maximum-security prison off the coast of California. Snake has 10 hours to find a doomsday weapon that's fallen into the hands of revolutionaries before he dies of a virus with which he's been injected. But the action is clumsy and unimaginative: lots of shootouts and very little suspense. Even the bad guys aren't particularly inventive; only Pam Grier, as a transsexual gang leader, strikes any sparks. Russell growls his way through the role but can only blame himself: He cowrote the script with Carpenter. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Dilks on 22 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
John Carpenter and Kurt Russel satirise Hollywood and remake their own film in ESCAPE FROM L.A. This is "Snake" Plisskin doing what Snake does best. All the moves and motifs from the first film are there- dusted down, wheeled out and lazilly rebooted for that '90s L.A. "chic". It works well as a cynical poke in the eye... just how Snake likes it. The action is good and the characters bizarre and insane. What more could you want? Bring on ESCAPE FROM NASHVILLE!!
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A deliciously campy send-up of everything we love to hate about the Left Coast and the entertainment biz. The film was in development for over ten years with a script commissioned in 1985, written by screenwriter Coleman Luck. Carpenter would later describe the script as "too light, too campy".The project remained dormant following that time until the 1994 earthquake and the L.A. riots revived it. Carpenter and Kurt Russell got together to write with their long-time collaborator Debra Hill. Carpenter insists that it was Russell's persistence that allowed the film to be made, since "Snake Plissken was a character he loved and wanted to play again".Principal filming began in December 1995. Carpenter has stated that if he ever did another sequel for the Escape films he would call it Escape from Earth.Russell has also stated that out of all the characters he has done in his career, Snake Plissken is his favorite.Escape from L.A. was a box office bomb, only earning $25,477,365 from its $50 million budget--about as much as its predecessor, but little more than half its significantly higher budget.It was an attempt to satirize the genre while exploiting it: "[Escape from L.A.] has such manic energy, such a weird, cockeyed vision, that it may work on some moviegoers as satire and on others as the real thing."A third sequel was going to be made titled Escape from Earth which would have had Snake escaping Earth after a dark matter experiment resulted in 99% of the Earth's population becoming Zombie like creatures. However, the negative reaction to this film prevented the sequel from being developed. The Plutoxin 7 virus was originally going to be part of the first movie, but was never used. Steve Buscemi took the part in this film to help fund his directorial debut, Trees Lounge. According to an interview with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell not only came up with but wrote the entire ending of the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
In the year 2013, the city of Los Angeles has been separated from the country by a series of earthquakes, and like New York, has transformed into a corrupted prison.

The United States has become a more moral society. Cuervo, a Cuban terrorist has used the President's daughter to steal a device that controls a special orbiting EMP weapon system.

The President has called upon mercenary Snake Plissken, and to ensure his cooperation, they have implanted a virus inside his body, and it will inject the virus into his body in 9 hours, so Snake must stop Cuervo, and get back the Weapon's device.....

Less of a sequel, and more of a remake, EFLA, is a lot like Evil Dead 2, Carpenter has decided to make the same film, but with references to the original.

And this is where the film gets criticised, people wanted something different, and to wait sixteen years to make a sequel, is a long time, and to add salt to the wound, its a remake, and to a brilliant cult movie.

But I enjoyed it, and I enjoy it now as much as I did when I first saw it in cinemas in 1996. Russell is great as usual and Carpenter still knows how to craft a movie, but it still goes back to the original so many times.

Losing your vehicle when you first reach the island, playing a sport to survive, call me snake, and many more.

Other characters are great, but utterly pointless, and the special effects just add to the charm.

If your not a Carpenter fan, or don't understand the concept of irony of self referential movies, you will hate this.

I liked it, it was great to see Plisskin back on the big screen, and it was a whole bunch of dumb fun.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alistair McConnachie on 13 April 2009
Format: DVD
This is a clever and crazy film - especially notable, on a basic level, for its wacky special effects which make it look more 1950s than 1990s, and which need to be enjoyed in the spirit of this film.

On a more considered level, there's a lot going on, politically.

Right up to the end, it is not clear on which side John Carpenter is standing - if he is standing anywhere - nor the intended take-home message.

From the start, it is clear that Carpenter is vilifying, among other things, a certain kind of extreme theocratic Christianity. In the USA, that is a hugely political thing to attempt to do. The film bombed at the box-office and perhaps this is part of the reason. The anti-Christian message is pretty well to the fore. For example, the President is portrayed throughout the film as a lunatic who will kill his own daughter - who "needs to pray" and who clutches a Bible. For some people, that will be offensive.

However, we don't find spiritual or ideological refuge in the opposing side either!

The President's opposite number, the leader of the prisoners on Los Angeles island, is a Che Guevara lookalike, called Cuervo Jones - who initially seems like some kind of hip Third World alternative, until we discover that he likes to murder people for fun in the disused sporting arena.

While the prisoners on Los Angeles island are leading a much "freer" existence than the inhabitants of the US mainland - unlike the mainlanders, they can smoke, drink alcohol, eat red meat, own guns and wear fur coats - they are not using their freedom in any constructive way.

For example, on landing on the island, the first thing Snake Plissken finds them doing is machine-gunning each other out of car windows.
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