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Escape from New York (Special Edition)

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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 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 missionand his lifeunless he succeeds!

Additional Features

Fans of the cult favorite have known about the original opening ever since the film debuted in 1980. Twenty-three years later, this first reel (about 8 minutes of footage) is seen, and folks, you didn't miss a thing. The opening robbery attempt (which lands hero Snake Plissken in the New York City jail) shows the low-key and cash-strapped production at its worst. On the optional commentary track, director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell talk about the opening and come to the conclusion it was something good to trim. Also on this two-disc set is a new, deft 25-minute featurette on the production, too many notes on the new comic book series, and two commentary tracks. The Carpenter-Russell one from the 1984 laser disc (before the sequel Escape from L.A. was made) is a detailed and delightful reminiscence; the new one from producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves track is for die-hard fans only. Both the picture and sound have been souped up here, making the low-cost film look and sound better than its grassroots origins probably deserve. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Brand-new high-definition film transfer and 5.1 audio
  • Deleted opening sequence: the never-before-seen 10-minute bank robbery scene with commentary by John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
  • "Return to Escape from New York": all-new featurette
  • Making of John Carpenter's "Snake Plissken Chronicles" comic plus exclusive comic book
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • 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: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (969 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CNY27
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Escape from New York (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Hailed as a cult classic by many, John Carpenter's "Escape from New York" is finally available in a more-than-appropriate DVD edition that does the film justice. A dark movie filled with danger, action, suspense, and even humor, this is the classic that gave birth to the ultimate outlaw and anti-hero; Snake Plissken. Now, you can relive the movie like never before.
In a post-apocalyptic world filled with crime and violence, the entire city of Manhattan has been transformed into a prison--a death sentence to most. Here, the prisoners are sent once they are banned from society and are forced to stay a life sentence to fight on their own. A crisis is before the people who are in charge of the prison, as the President has been kidnapped and is being held hostage by the very people they dedicated their lives to lock up. The only chance they have is a former war hero turned outlaw, Snake Plissken. They make him a deal that if he can bring back the President alive, all of the charges against him will be dropped. However, there's yet another catch; the main man in charge of the prison has injected Plissken with an explosive device that will be the end of him in less than 24 hours should he not be successful, insuring that he won't "flee" the scene. All of this leads to an exciting and thrilling cult classic that is loved by many.
John Carpenter has done a terrific job of painting a dark and bleak picture of law enforcement as we know it. At the same time, he does an excellent job of creating a successful and subtle satire of law and authority. The script is always clever and surprising. While the movie might be a little dated, it still does not take away anything from the raw effect the movie has on us.
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Back in 1981, John Carpenter released a film, set in 1997, that depicted a somewhat bleak future for the United States in that the crime rate had risen to the point where it was necessary to turn New York City into a maximum security prison by enclosing the island in giant, concrete walls, installing landmines on the access bridges, and providing constant surveillance with the threat of death for any that try to escape. Felons convicted and sent to this prison are given the option of execution rather than being forced to try and survive in this hellish, nightmare environment. Truly only the strongest and most ruthless survive behind these walls. The female narration, done by Carpenter favorite Jamie Lee Curtis, at the beginning ends with the ominous line, "Once you go in, you never come out."

After this is set up, we learn that, while en route to an extremely important conference, the president's plane has been hijacked, and is crashed inside the prison. The inmates recover the president, and threatening to kill him if any attempt is made to release him. A plan is formulated, one including the recently captured, ex-military, now convicted, criminal Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russell) to send him in, alone, and try to bring the president out alive, offering him a full pardon should he succeed. Only problem is, due to time constraints, of the conference, Snake only has 24 hours to complete this mission, if he accepts it. Another minor glitch...without his knowing it, microscopic implants are inserted into Snake's neck in case he decided to skip out, and are set to go off unless Snake can recover the president and return him safely within the time allotted.

This has always been one of my favorite movies. It brings to life the perfect anti-hero, the outlaw.
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Format: Blu-ray
I'm sick and tired of Amazon lumping DVD reviews together with Bluray reviews. This gets really annoying when I'm trying to learn about improvements made for a Bluray release. And now we have 2 different Bluray options for this movie, Escape From New York. One is a combo pack from MGM and is $15 and change and the other is from Canalstudio, priced about $10 higher. What am I supposed to do? Which one looks better? Which one has the correct aspect ratio? Amazon (I have read) has the wrong aspect ratio listed on one of these releases making this problem even worse! Which one has more bonus features? Does either of these releases have the deleted scene included in the deluxe 2 disc DVD? ARE YOU LISTENING AMAZON? I know someone has to check this review for curse words, unless they have an automated system doing that.

Also, how about listing the bonus features for every movie? All you have to do is read the back of the cover and enter the information.

Amazon is still my favorite place to shop. They have the biggest selection, and with Amazon Prime I get free 2 day shipping. But the problems I have mentioned is really making my life difficult.

Oh and by the way, my 5 star rating is for this movie. It is one of my all-time favorites, in any format. As far as which edition you should buy, well, good luck. Amazon has left it to be a guessing game.
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Format: Blu-ray
Great movie, good overall remastering job, accept, that it, the crucial readout scene, you know, the one that shows us who's on the hijacked plane, heading for a crash landing in New York...

Yeah, well be my guess trying to make out ANYTHING on the print out screen other than n nice fluorescent green blur... :(

Seriously, had I not known what it was suppose to say, there's NO WAY to have figured it out till later events...


Chalk up another problem with a, Shout Factory/Scream Factory release, one which easily could have been avoided if someone had actually sat down and watched the transfer before committing it to Blu-ray (and by watching I don't mean having it playing in the background while the viewer updates his Facebook status and or his blog, no, I mean sit and actually PAY ATTENTION to the visuals on the screen (I mean crap, pay me and I'd be thrilled to watch movies and take notes on issues with the source material, so that the best version of the movie gets released)...
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Will all the extras from the DVD Special Edition be included in this...
I just read on a couple of different sites that the DVD in this combo IS the old flipper disc with widescreen on one side and fullscreen on the other side. Totally lame. I'm starting to think that this movie will get a new release on Blu-ray with all of the previous special features when the... Read More
Aug 2, 2010 by DeAd MiKe |  See all 13 posts
It appears to be A locked.
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Is this transfer still green???
I watched the Blu-ray twice so far... Didn't notice any green tint during the night scenes.
Aug 17, 2010 by DeAd MiKe |  See all 3 posts
Closed Captions or Subtitles?
You are in luck! Not only does the Blu-ray feature an English subtitle track, but the subtitle track is marked "For the deaf and hard of hearing" - it's a really great subtitle track. The subtitles are large and they appear in front of the character who speaks the words. If there are... Read More
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Escape From New York on BluRay...?
The movie will play, but the special features won't. So it's a toss up. Personally, I just wanted to watch the movie (I don't care that much for special features anyway), so I'm happy with it.
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