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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Ernest Borgnine, Kurt Russell
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003O7I6L6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In the future, crime is out of control and New York City is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. Kurt Russell puts his Disney days (he played the squeaky clean hero in such films as The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, 1970) behind him as the nicest bad guy in the picture. All comic-book sensibilities and macho posturing, this is one of writer/director John Carpenter's better brainless escapades, brimming with snappy one-liners and explosive action scenes. However, the film lacks tension and some believability even within the realm of SF fantasy. Even when it fails to gel, though, it always manages to amuse, thanks in great part to a varied and unusual supporting cast (watch for Ernest Borgnine as a cabdriver and Isaac Hayes, one-time soul singer and now best known as South Park's chef, as The Duke of New York). Followed in 1996 by Carpenter's overdone and campy Escape from L.A. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Moncrieff on 25 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Escape From New York is, in my opinion, the perfect midnight movie. Now, I don't mean "Midnite Movie!" as in the sub-genre/label, for films from Eraserhead to Pink Flamingoes to Night of the Living Dead to Freaks...crazy, exciting and weird cult pictures.
No, I mean, a film you can watch in the middle of the night and it can quietly blow you away. Not only does almost every scene in this film take place at night (we briefly see morning, as I recall), but the film is VERY quiet, especially for an action film.
The opening theme, rendered in bombast in Escape from LA, here is slow and...well I can't describe it. It's not "plodding", or "driving" or "sad". It's just the Theme from Escape From New York. I love how it sounds, personally, and it perfectly sets the mood before the Jamie Lee Curtis-read prologue sets the scene.
I love the model effects used early on to show Manhattan as a prison (yes, like Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, the title is an absolute cheat when it comes to specifics, but c'mon). The panoramic cinemascope image of the Manhattan skyline, as grey and lifeless as the sky above it with no artifical light or power in evidence at all, is not easily forgotten. The skyscrapers are now giant tombstones for the American dream, with all the quiet and still bizarro architecture of an Alien landscape in a 1970s Sci-Fi picture. Truly a gloomy vision of this once prosperous city.

Pretty much uniquely for an American dystopian future, it is not "humanity", "man", "fate" or "God" that has doomed America - it is America herself; her proud Eagle, once a symbol of freedom, now only the emblem of a menacing, black clothed army in Police riot gear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2014
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Escape From New York (DVD)

DVD Info.
Format: PAL Region 2
Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Certificate: 15
Studio: Studiocanal
Running Time 99 minutes
1)Kurt Russell give a wonderful performance as anti-hero Snake Plissken.
2)John Carpenter's superbly tight direction enhances this movies tense scenes.
3)A great supporting cast including Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleseance, Ernest Borgnine.

1)In hindsight it needed a little bit more action in places here & there.

1)This is Kurt Russell's second of Five movie appearances directed by John Carpenter the other's being, This Is Elvis, The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China & the sequel to Escape From New York titled Escape From L.A.
2)Jamie Lee Curtis provides an uncredited voiceover cameo as the narrator at the beginning of the movie.
3)Avco-Embassy Pictures the financial backers wanted Charles Bronson or Tommy Lee Jones for the Snake Plissken role.
4)Adrianne Barbeau was married to Director John Carpenter at the time this movie was made.
5)On a $6 budget the movie made over $25 million dollars.

This is a cult classic.

The plot is simple in the near future in 1997 New York's Manhattan Island has been converted into a maximum security prison.

Ex soldier & convict Snake Plissken has 22 hours to get into New York's prison & rescue the President of the United States who's been captured by prisoners from his escape pod after his plane Air Force One was hijacked & then crashed.

Along the way Snake is aided by Maggie & Cabbie to rescue the President & Escape From New York while being pursued by the insane & violent criminals led by The Duke of New York City.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronny Depp on 1 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What can I say about Escape From New York? Well, I love the film so much I bought the disc twice, for one thing lol. My original disc had inexplicably cracked in the centre, of all places. No idea what happened as I'm usually so careful to handle CD's and DVD's like they were new-borns. Anyway, I bought it again.

For people considering buying this, I highly recommend doing so. If you're taking a chance on this movie and happen not to have seen it, Amazon do have great sellers for second hand copies. I got mine from a company beginning with a 'Z'. I don't wanna sound like I'm advertising for them. But bottom line is they were recommended to me by a friend, and I know how infuriating it can be buying second hand discs. Sooo many people simply don't handle discs correctly or with care, and soooo many second hand sellers sell these discs. Go with the company I recommended, and you'll get a perfect disc every time. I originally bought this film new. But when I needed a replacement and saw that company had a second hand one on sale here, I thought, "Great!". Not that I don't think this movie is worth buying new twice, but I don't literally cough up money like Donald Trump you know! ;oP

Now, onto the disc...There aren't so many extras as say The Thing dvd has. But what is here is good. There's a featurette, a delete scene (which was going to be the original opening scene), and a couple of trailers. There's also not one, but two commentaries. Firstly a John Carpenter/Kurt Russell commentary, and secondly a commentary by Producer Debra Hill and Production Designer Joe Alves, for those of you who interested in that side of things. For those wondering, the picture quality of the feature on this dvd is good.
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