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Escape From New York

4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leaped to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a mind-blowing vision of a lone warrior (Kurt Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan! Hailed as "stylish and scary" (Los Angeles Times), "dark and dangerous" (Newsweek) and "gloriously...fun" (Tyler Morning Telegraph), this fast-paced and furiously entertaining thriller grabs you by the throat and won't let go! In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted to a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the U.S. President (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (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! "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 put his Disney days 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 escapes. There are 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). Followed in 1996 by Carpenter's overdone and campy Escape from L.A." --Rochelle O'Gorman

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call him Snake... May 6 2004
Another Carpenter film gets a deluxe DVD treatment. This is a very nice set, and far superior to the bare bones DVD released by MGM a while back.
The film looks and sounds great. Dean Cundey's photography is given justice here; the nighttime shooting, the greens and blues, all look much cleaner and clearer than previous releases. The sound is given nice treatment as well; Escape is one of Carpenter's best scores, more fully realize than previous work, and ahead of its time. There's a 2.0 mono mix, a 5.0 surround mix, which doesn't provide a big boost, and a commentary track as well.
John Carpenter generally gives good commentaries. Once again he teams up with Kurt Russell to revisit the film, as they did with The Thing. Carpenter is very frank about his films and often explains how particular shots were done, what locations were used, and what was done to get around the low budget. Russell sounds like he's having a good time as well; he clearly loves the film and its cult status. (This is the film that helped him break his Disney type casting mold.)
There's a much welcome documentary, return to New York, featuring Carpenter, Russell, producer Debra Hill, Carpenter's ex-wife Adrienne Barbeau, and others. We also get to finally see the deleted opening of the film.
On the whole, this is a very nice DVD set. There's a slipcase for the digipak, and there's a little Snake Plisskin comic book inside. This is a nice job for a cult classic and highly recommended. It is way beyond the previous bare-bones DVD that was out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Carpenter's best movies!! Jan. 21 2004
By "wkjun"
UNBELIEFABLE!!! Looks like all-new!! The new transfer is so much sharper and more detailed than the previous one, I am impressed!
The NEW Dolby Digital 5.1 remix is great: clearer voices and extraordinary surround effects, but without a good surround system you might overhear some dialogue which was specially isolated to a define channel. In some scenes (i.e. broadway scene) the effects are significantly louder than the music on the previous release. Although this release lacks an original mono-track in English, it features a Frensh mono track.
THE CUT BANK ROBBERY SCENE (only on the second special features disc, without an an option to view the whole film with this several minutes long scene), featurettes (with commentaries), photo galleries, traisers, teasers.
- anamorphic Widescreen
- NEW Dolby Digital 5.1 remix
- deleted bank robbery scene
This is a great movie and deserves this new great treatment! Isaac Hayes is great in the role of the Duke of New York and Kurt Russel is even more superb in the role of Snake Plissken! The cut bank robbery scene is very cool (with commentary!) and the quality is typically pretty descent but introduces some new great music in these scenes that never appears again in the movie! For fans of the great Carpenter score there is another good bite: the menues feature also some new music (I figure it is specially recorded for this release). For all Plissken fans there is a little comic book included and a note for an upcoming computer game?! Let's see what is comming next... "Escape From Washington"? CHEERS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You mean I can't count on you?...Good!" July 12 2004
By Rachel
What can I say.
Strangely enough, despite the fact that I am a child of the 80s (I was 12 when this movie first came out), I never saw Escape from New York until 6 weeks ago.
Then I was hooked.
Most people know the story. In the "future," (1988, haha) the US crime rate rises 400%. To combat this crime wave, drastic measures are taken. The United States becomes a fascist-like police state, and in 1992 New York City becomes the country's one maximum-security prison to house the worst society has to offer. Sealed off from the outside world by a 50-foot containment wall on all sides, Manhattan Island becomes a modern (or postmodern) Botany Bay. All bridges, tunnels and waterways surrounding the island are mined, and the US Police Force constantly patrols by helicopter, to ensure that no prisoners escape. Criminals unlucky enough to receive a maximum-security sentence are given a choice: be executed or be airdropped into the New York for life to fend for themselves. As the chilling opening narration observes, "There are no guards, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple. Once you go in, you don't come out."
Into this black pit of despair comes one S.V. "Snake" Plissken, played by Kurt Russell. A war hero (he won 2 purple hearts, one in Leningrad and one in Siberia - remember, the Soviet Union still existed when this film was made), Snake for unspecified reasons has turned to a life of crime. And at the film's beginning, the Law has finally caught up with Snake, and he is being transported to New York to serve a life sentence for bank robbery when Fate steps in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, could have a better blu-ray Jan. 1 2012
By Andrew Foster TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I got the blu-ray of this movie and was disappointed that there are no extras on it. The dvd versions that were out before had a nice bit of extras, I was sad that they didn't put them on here. Maybe they'll do another version later. But I love this movie so much, I still give it 5 stars. I have bought this movie for all my friends and family who didn't already have it.
The picture and sound on the blu-ray are great. So I do recommend it. Just, you might want to hold on to you old dvds if you are interested in commentaries and that stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars intense
the quality of video was intense! i was not expecting the blu ray quality to be so good (thumbs) .
Published 4 months ago by dab1
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I don't mind this movie at all. Not Kurt's best but entertaining just the same. Has some good actors in it.
Published 11 months ago by Diane Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I enjoyed this product.
I really liked this product as it was in mint condition and still in the original foil wrapping unlike others i have seen with no wrapping and in poor quality of the cover sleeve. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joseph Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't like Snake
Snake Plisken, you got to love him and Kurt Russell does a superb job playing the part. I didn't realize how versatile Kurt was till I see this when it first came out. Read more
Published on April 4 2011 by Chisa
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, no extras but the video and movie makes up for it
Like the title says. No extras but the video quality totally blows away the DVD version.
Published on Aug. 18 2010 by Terence Tan Co
4.0 out of 5 stars not a masterpiece,but a pretty good film
after just watching this movie,i am of two minds about it.on the one
hand,i think the filmmakers were pretty bang on in their view of what a
post apocalyptic world might... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Snake Plissken; Add Him To Your List of Movie Heroes
There's always something bizarre, in a very cool way, about watching a futuristic movie set in a year we've already passed. It's very eerie. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Monty Moonlight
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important films in my life
Carpenter's 2nd best. The fact that I'm a loser who does nothing but sit in a room all day and watch movies all day and has no friends and dreams of making movies of his own some... Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Man, I miss the 80s...
Would you believe I never saw this before, even though I grew up in the 80s? I saw it last night for the first time on DVD. Movies like this just don't exist anymore. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by A. Ort
5.0 out of 5 stars "HEARD YOU WERE DEAD!!!"
Actually, 4.8 stars, but I rounded it off, especially for such a cool film. Only two gripes I have are these: 1. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004
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