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Escape From New York [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Nick Castle
  • Producers: Barry Bernardi, Debra Hill, Larry J. Franco
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: StudioCanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ4EM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is 1997 and Manhattan Island has been turned into a maximum security prison, due to the enormous rise in the crime rate. Drug-dealer Prospero (Isaac Hayes) and his cronies hold control of the entire area, making it the most inopportune spot for a plane carrying the US president to crashland. Eye-patched anti-hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is entrusted with the task of rescuing his country's leader. Followed by a belated sequel, 'Escape from LA', in 1996.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Format: Blu-ray
The quality of this blu ray release is horrible.
There is a lot of damage on the negative used for the master. I have had the opportunity of comparing this with a version recorded from HDTV and there is an incredible difference both with regards to the print damage but also to the quality of the picture since this is an upscaled master and therefore not in true HD resolution. In one of the scenes I compared lee van cleef's gold bracelet. On this blu ray the bracelet just looks like a gold colored piece of string while on the HDTV version (that is only 720P) you can count each individual link on the bracelet. The HDTV version also lacks all the "print damage" that is evident on the master used for this "blu ray".
There is also a lot of edge enhancement going on in this master.
This release is an insult to blu ray owners and John Carpenter fans alike...
Avoid!!
Personally I won't be buying any optimum blu rays since I feel that I have been swindled and cheated. If optimum makes good and releases a remastered blu ray I might forgive them.
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Format: Blu-ray
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK [1981/2015] [2 Disc Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Dark and Dangerous! Meet Snake Plissken, the world's coolest man!

1997. New York City is walled maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane. A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, ‘Escape From New York’ leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken [Kurt Russell] battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan!

In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US President [Donald Pleasence] crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken [Kurt Russell]. But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission, and his life, unless he succeeds!

Cast: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers, Joe Unger (deleted scenes only), Frank Doubleday, John Strobel, Season Hubley, Ox Baker (the fighter), Debra Hill (computer voice uncredited) and Jamie Lee Curtis (narrator uncredited)

Director: John Carpenter

Producers: Debra Hill and Larry J. Franco

Screenplay: John Carpenter and Nick Castle

Composer: John Carpenter and Alan Howarth

Cinematography: Dean Cundey and Jim Lucas

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.
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I have the Momentum S.E. dvd which has English subtitles and several audio commentaries by the team involved in the production and a couple of extra features including the original opening to the film.

It's a worthy production of this iconic 1981 film which I enjoyed back then. However in my opinion it does look a bit dated when viewed today.That's not a slight to the film really--- we all look older and are slower after 30 years and however good Carpenter's work was then it doesn't hold up as well as his other work such as 'The Thing' when seen now.

The special effects look amateurish, the criminals held in the walled borough of Manhatton all look like pirates from a provincial production of 'Pirates From Penzance', and Russell's acting looks pretty wooden (maybe deliberately). He's a terrific actor with some great films under his studded belt such as 'Tombstone' and 'Breakdown' to name a couple I've enjoyed immensely.

On the plus side Donald Pleasence ,Ernie Borgnine and Harry Dean Stanton shone in their minor roles and added to the flavour of the action.
I was just left with a feeling of disappointment watching this again--- it wasn't as good as I remembered it. But Hey Ho Bro first time viewers might see this piece of Carpenter in a different light and could enjoy it as I did originally.
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