Escape From New York is presented in both widescreen and full-screen formats on this MGM double-sided DVD edition. The widescreen format is enhanced for widescreen televisions (anamorphic). Overall, the film quality is average. There is a fair amount of grain throughout but nothing that is ultimately distracting. Detail is good, despite the dark conditions of much of the film . The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround soundtrack is also serviceable, if not outstanding. Good clarity in the dialogue is maintained in the dialogue, and the soundtrack, featuring music by director John Carpenter, sounds better than ever. Unfortunately, MGM has provided a bare-bones package to go with the film. The only extra feature is a theatrical trailer. Considering the classic commentary by Carpenter and star Kurt Russell on The Thing, it is disappointing that a commentary for Escape could not be arranged. Overall, this DVD represents the best that Escape From New York has ever looked or sounded, but with such bare-bones treatment, it is hardly definitive.
I'm a huge John Carpenter fan and when I found out Shout/Scream Factory was going to put their magic touch on this awesome 80's gem then it was a no brainier for me!! This Collector's Edition comes loaded with bonus features, commentary tracks, beautiful transfer with amazing artwork that's reversible so you can have have both new and original covers.
These are AMAZING!
I was browsing the movie aisles for my "traditional stocking stuffers"...I had been buying steelbooks for my son since he was in his teens. This year I saw one that I was super excited about! There was a Steelbook Edition of Assault on Precinct 13!
It struck me as an odd choice for a Steelbook Edition over other John Carpenter titles so I started reading the stock tags under the empty slots and, sure enough, this title (one of my favorites) existed and was sold out. I got online as soon as I got home and ta-da...collection started! (I bought Precinct 13 in store).
There are other John Carpenter titles out there in these Steelbook editions and I hope BB picks them up...so I can too!
Excellent and believable movie where prisoners are left to fend for themselves on Manhattan island. Snake Plisken (Kurt Russell) is sent (in exchange for a full pardon of crimes) to recuse the president whose plane crashed behind prison boundaries. During his mission he encounters all kinds of creeps, slime, punks and freaks. One of Kurt Russell's best roles and the movie has become a cult favorite. Supporting cast is also great including Brain and his squeeze, cabbie, and of course the Duke of NY.. Nobody messes with the Duke! Hey Plisken...I heard you were dead..Excellent movie with plenty of action and violence worthy of the R rating...