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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003O7I6L6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,744 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Just Wanted to list the special features that will be on this 2-disc Collector's Edition blu-ray from Shout! Factory, being released on April 21st, 2015.

Blu-ray Disc One:
--NEW 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative
--NEW Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey
--Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
--Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves

Blu-ray Disc Two:
--NEW Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of Escape From New York
--NEW Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth
--NEW On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of Escape From New York with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker
--NEW I Am Taylor – an interview with actor Joe Unger
--NEW My Night on the Set – an interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau
--Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence
--Return to Escape from New York Featurette
--Theatrical Trailers
--Photo Galleries – Behind-the-Scenes, Posters and Lobby Cards
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Format: DVD
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. Released in 1981, "Escape From New York" opens to explain that in 1988, Manhattan Island was transformed into a Maximum Security Prison, surrounded by a massive wall from every angle; guarded by police, with landmines at every exit route. The film is set in 1997, when terrorists bring down Air Force One, president and all, right into the heart of the forbidden island. Luckily, the president has survived thanks to his escape pod, and a rescue team is immediately dispatched in an effort to retrieve him and his special cargo. The president carries with him a cassette tape (very futuristic, eh?) of recorded information that could bring peace to the currently warring nations, but the time left with which to use it in is short. The rescue team finds the escape pod empty, and is soon approached by a loony prisoner with a grim message. The president has been taken captive by the A-Number One inmate of Manhattan Island, The Duke of New York. This is a job for... SNAKE PLISSKEN!
Yes, Snake Plissken: war hero; the youngest man ever to be decorated by the president; and recently, bank robber. Before being condemned to join the other inmates of Manhattan Island, Snake is made an offer. Go in, come back with the president and the tape before the clock runs out, and get a full pardon. But to sweeten the deal, another card is played. Snake is injected with two tiny capsules into his bloodstream. If he doesn't make it back in time to have the capsules neutralized, they will explode and rupture his arteries, killing him immediately. The only thing Snake really cares about anymore is himself, so now he has no choice.
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By A. Ort on March 27 2004
Format: DVD
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. It is a testosterone filled, thumb-your-nose-at-the-establishment fantasy. And it is so gloriously 1980s and so gloriously John Carpenter.
At the time, I would imagine the special effects and the concept were radical. As it was set in the future in 1997 (being that it was 1981 when it was released) and that we are several years passed that 'future' things are obviously not quite what you see. And the special effects are also a bit dated. But just put yourself back when it was made and dream a little.
As for the movie itself, it's a really cool idea. New York City a walled penitentiary where you are checked in and you don't leave. Radical. So the President ends up inside the prison walls and Kurt Russell, about to be checked in there, is called upon to get him out. Off we go...
It's a wild ride. It's filled with great one liners and borders on campy but it's still a classic in every sense of the word. It just hovers around poking fun at itself but never quite goes there which makes it an action movie with a cynical bite. And this has to be one of the greatest sets every used in a movie. Burned out, abandoned and dark it fits the movie perfectly. It really is a well crafted gem.
The extras make the DVD well worth the visit. Included is a scene not found in the movie which only gets a brief mention in the film - the reason Kurt Russell's character ends up there. This was apparently to be the opening scene in the movie but never made it. Definitely worth watching. The documentary is kind of cool as well. Good stuff.
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Format: DVD
The Kurt Russell/John Carpenter commentary is from the 1994 Laserdisc special edition of EFNY. The commentary by production designer Joe Alves and producer Debra Hill is new. The deleted scene (a bank robbery, or rather the exit from the bank robbery) would have seemed awkward and out of place and tone had it stayed in the final cut, so its just as well it was cut out.
The video transfer is superior to the previous DVD release of this film. But the amount of bonus features in this Special Edition release does not seem large enough to merit a second disc. I bet they could have fit it all on one disc.
But that's marketing for you - something about a 2-disc Special Edition sounds cooler than a 1-disc SE.
I'm kind of up in the air about whether purchasing this 2-disc SE to replace my earlier DVD copy of EFNY was worth it. But even if the extras seem too few in number (even with the inclusion of a comic book), it is nice to get a version with this considerably sharper picture and sound.
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