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Escape from New York [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 4079400
  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Rating: R
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.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (343 out of 353)

    Special Features


    • Original theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Escape from New York
    The year is 1997. Manhattan Island is now a heavily guarded maximum-security prison, where the scum of the earth have converged. When Air Force One crash-lands in Manhattan, the president (Donald Pleasence) is held hostage by its denizens. One-eyed mercenary Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is strong-armed into rescuing the chief executive. He is aided, not always willingly, by a tough gal (Adrienne Barbeau) and a manic cab driver (Ernest Borgnine). Escape from New York was followed by a sequel of sorts in 1996, Escape From L.A., again starring Kurt Russell. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kurt Russell
      Kurt Russell - Snake Plissken
    • Lee Van Cleef
      Lee Van Cleef - Bob Hauk
    • Ernest Borgnine
      Ernest Borgnine - Cabbie
    • Donald Pleasence
      Donald Pleasence - President of the United States
    • Isaac Hayes
      Isaac Hayes - The Duke of New York



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 353 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must own for any Sci-fi/action buff

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      Freehold1
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      John Carpenter's Escape From New York was the blueprint for all other action films of the early 80's. Set in the not too distant crime plagued year of 1997, the film is a chilling representation of a new America which has turned into a police state and the entire island of Manhattan is turned into the one maximum security prison for the dregs of a society beginning to crumble. Kurt Russel plays S.D. "Snake" Pliskin, a once highly decorated soldier, now a man sentenced to life imprisonment for a failed bank robbery. But before he is to be sentenced, the President (played by long time Carpenter collaborator Donald Pleasance,) finds himself and his jettisoned escape pod from Air Force one to be the latest inhabitants of a savage New York. The Chief of the United States Police Force (veteran B-movie actor Lee Van Cleef) makes Pliskin a deal, find the President within 24 hrs and Pliskin will receive a pardon for his crimes but there's one catch, the Chief has a technician place 2 microscopic explosive charges in Pliskin's neck which will explode within the 24 hr deadline. It soon becomes a race against time for pliskin to find the President, retrieve a briefcase which was suppose to be delivered to a summit meeting between the Chinese and the Soviets in Hartford, CT of all places, and keep his head from exploding. Escape From New York is one of my all time favorite action/Sci-fi films and was shot for a staggering amount ($6,000,000.) It's the perfect blend of science fiction, a 40s detective noir, and a western to some extent. A must see and own for any fan of such genres.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Carpenter/Russell at their best

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      prlwctd

      After The Fog, Carpenter teamed for the second time with Kurt Russell (the first being the TV movie Elvis) for this sci-fi/action hit. Set in 1997, the title city is now a barricaded penal colony. When Air Force One is brought down into the city, the Chief of Police (Lee Van Cleef) offers a deal to soldier-turned-convict 'Snake' Plisskin (Russell): Go into the death trap once known as the Big Apple and retrieve the President (Donald Pleasance) and 'Snake' will receive a pardon for his crimes. To ensure Plisskin's cooperation, the Chief implants small explosives inside him, which are set to detonate at the end of the 24 hours Plisskin has to accomplish the task. Once inside, Plisskin finds allies in a cabbie (Ernest Borgnine) and a bizarre couple (Adrienne Barbeau & Harry Dean Stanton) who help him locate the President, now a prisoner of the dangerous, self titled 'Duke' of New York (Issac Hayes). While Carpenter's output has been less than stellar in recent years (including a less than inspired sequel to this film), the film is a reason why he'll always have a nice place in film history.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      timeless classic

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      benstonecrowe
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      from Amazon.com: 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!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Carpenter Classic

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      Tranceboi1
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      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... The Steelebook is a must have. It looks great.

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    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great film, mediocre remastering

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      RPetrecca
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      Escape From New York, from its 1981 release until the present is one of those films that embodies a timeless quality that only scripts with the best in character archetypes can endure. Characters drive Carpenter's bleak vision of a megalopolis turned prison and the ensuing suicide mission of retrieving a president from an environment nothing short of hell on earth. Fortunately, this only cost me less than eight bucks because the remastering of this film to blu-ray seems almost non-evident at best. This version of the film will not take advantage of the latest in entertainment equipment. On the contrary, the latest in entertainment equipment will expose the lackluster effort in reintroducing this little gem of a film. It deserved better. Note - I give the film itself a recommend, but the format a not so much.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great picture with only one glaring flaw.

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      Joshua
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      This blu ray transfer is the best that is for sure. I have the MGM blu ray for comparison and the Scream Factory version overall has the superior picture. It's sharper with more contrast and vivid color. There is only one major flaw in the entire movie which I knew of before buying the blu ray from reading other's reviews. At the beginning of the film in a major scene the the text "Air Force One", which are displayed on a computer screen, are illegible because the contrast is so high. The letters are completely blurred out. If you look past this pivotal scene the rest of the film looks spectacular. I still recommend upgrading to the Scream Factory version because the picture quality is that good.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best version of theis Classic film

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      Movieman42
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      This has been one of my 80's favorites ever since I watched it on VHS after renting it from the video store. A simple story with compelling characters. Now to see it presented on a Shout Factory Collector's edition just makes me love this film even more. The print is crystal clear. The audio channels have excellent balance. The icing on the cake are the special features. Great behind the scenes documentaries on the making of the film from start to finish. My favorites are the segments on the model work and the score. You'll also get to see the deleted original opening for the film. This is the BEST this film will ever be on Blu-Ray. Run fast to Best Buy to purchase it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic action movie

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      BestBuyer
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      John Carpenter's taut slab of low-budget sci-fi has Airforce One crash-landing in New York - now one big jail - and the president (Donald Pleasence) held hostage by criminals. Enter Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a newly convicted criminal given 22 hours to save the president. To make sure he doesn't lose interest they implanted a neck explosive on him, to be removed when finished. Entertainment of the highest order.

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