Assault on Precinct 13 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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John Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13 is a riveting low-budget thriller from 1976, in which a nearly abandoned police station is held under siege by a heavily armed gang called Street Thunder. Inside the station, cut off from contact and isolated, convicts heading for death row and the cops must now join forces or die. That's the basic plot, but what Carpenter does with it is remarkable. Drawing specific inspiration from the classic Howard Hawks Western Rio Bravo (which included a similar siege on disadvantaged heroes), Carpenter used his simple setting for a tense, tightly constructed series of action sequences, emphasising low-key character development and escalating tension. Few who've seen the film can forget the "ice cream cone" scene in which a young girl is caught up in the action by patronising a seemingly harmless ice cream van. It's here, and in other equally memorable scenes, that Carpenter demonstrates his knack for injecting terror into the mundane details of daily life, propelling this potent thriller to cult favourite status and long-standing critical acclaim. From this Carpenter went on to make the original Halloween, one of the most profitable independent films of all time. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Basically his take on a western but set in the 70's (when it was made!) of a police station on its last day of being open and under the care of a newly transferred cop and the events that happen that night by being under siege by the local gangs! Some great extras including the awesome soundtrack cd and an early John carpenter student film and various extras from previous releases! The picture quality is superb except for a couple of sequences where I'm guessing there must have been print damage so inferior sequences have been added! But they're only brief (but noticeable!)
Overall the best package for this film that's out there on Blu-ray so far!
» Return to Precinct 13: A new Interview with Actor Austin Stoker
» Producing Precinct 13: A new interview with Executive Producer Joseph Kaufman
» Filmmaking with John: A new interview with Art Director and Sound Effects Editor Tommy Lee Wallace
» 'Captain Voyeur': John Carpenter student short (Blu-ray exclusive)
» Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer documentary (Blu-ray exclusive)
» Interview with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker
» The Sassy One with Actor Nancy Loomis
» Audio Commentary with John Carpenter
» Audio Commentary with Tommy Lee Wallace
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