- Actors: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Campbell
- Directors: John Carpenter
- Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
- Run Time: 101 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002DMJLTO
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Escape from L.A. [Blu-ray]
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The man with the patch is back. Call him Snake. Kurt Russell rejoins filmmakers John Carpenter and Debra Hill to do to the Big Orange what they did to the Big Apple in Escape From New York – with even more futuristic thrills and slam-bang action! Into the 9.6-quaked Los Angeles of 2013 comes Snake Plissken (Russell). His job: wade through L.A.'s ruined landmarks to retrieve a doomsday device. Don't miss the excitement as Snake surfs Wilshire Blvd., shoots hoops at the Coliseum, dive bombs the Happy Kingdom theme park, and mixes it up with a wild assortment of friends, fiends and foes (Stacy Keach, Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, George Corraface, Cliff Robertson, Pam Grier and more). Escape From L.A. is a "go-for-broke action extravaganza!" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).
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Kurt Russel is fantastic as Snake and a much younger me couldn't understand why a sequel wasn't made. I was educated by my step-father that it was the sequel, and I went to the Library and rented the original.
The effects haven't aged well and lend an almost comedic aspect when watching now a days, the acting can be cheesy by the secondary cast, but don't let these things spoil what, and how great, this movie really is.
Escape from New York plays as an ambitious idea but is also grounded by it's ability to express it. So Carpenter is forced to be creative in all aspects of depicting this post-apocalyptic world by using very practical special effects. This forces him to use very low light to convey mood and stage scenes. This has an effect of allowing the viewer to envision the rest of the world on a grander scale than what can be shown. This above anything else gives Escape from New York it's charm and scope. It's like reading a good book and creating the world for ourselves as the writer gives us the parameters. Escape from LA removes that sense of scale by trying to convey everything.
Where Escape from New York gets it's business done by suggestion, Escape from LA tries to impress with special effects which are serviceable but undermines the story by limiting what the viewer can imagine for themselves. In short, we're shown too much, which forces the viewer to measure believability around the effects rather than expanding the world through what we don't see. As a result, the effects that might have seem main stream for it's day now come off cartoonish which has an effect of diminishing the scope of the setting. Ironically this also has an effect of making Escape from LA look more dated than it's predecessor. But what really hogties Escape from LA is it's stylistic approach to characterization.
Escape from New York enjoyed this eclectic use of actors that came from a variety of different backgrounds. While most were B-grade actors, their skills brought a unique flavor to the story. At that time, even it's star, Kurt Russell, was looking for a drastic change in image since he was mostly known for doing Disney films as a kid. Mix in Adrienne Barbeau, Donald Pleasance, Ernest Borgnine, Issac Hayes, and Lee Van Cleef (known best for spaghetti westerns), and you have this enormous melting pot of actors that most could not ever envision coming together except for maybe a disaster film,(Ernest Borgnine was in the Poseidon Adventure). So the film carries this immense charm from casting that was done most likely out of necessity to a budget, but allowed them to be more deliberate in finding actors who could actually be these characters. Escape from LA never comes close in that attempt.
While Escape from LA has a few good name actors, like Steve Buscemi and Bruce Campbell, it seems to be lost in trying to imitate it's predecessor's uniqueness in casting rather than finding actors who could deliver a memorable role. Peter Fonda is an odd choice that redefines the term "vanilla". And Cliff Robertson , while a very good actor, is essentially asked to overact in his role as president, which has a deflating effect on the believability of the entire premise. And I think the misdirection of Cliff Robertson is the key to where this film finds it's greatest problems.
In Escape from New York, there might have been B-grade actors, but they were delivering an A-grade performance to the part. In short, they were trying to be those characters within the scope of their delivery. In Escape from LA, there seems to be a dumbing down of characters to be something I guess Carpenter thought they appeared to be in his original. So you have some A-grade actors purposely delivering B-grade performances to try and mimic some kind of style that has an affect of under-acting which casts a satire type of flavoring to the story. It's at this point, I begin to wonder whether Carpenter is making fun of his own material or the previous actors that were giving their best performance. Of course he would never say that, but it certainly bears noting here. And finally we have the social undertones.
Escape from New York enjoys a healthy blend of science fiction with a nice irreverence for authority that really services the whole concept. It's an entire world sunken in distrust and ill conceived motivations. But what really sells the idea is how this revelation unfolds. Snake Plissken is initially sold as a criminal against the establishment. But as the story unfolds we see the cold detached inner workings of the establishment with the final insult coming as it's bloated leader turns an ungrateful slight to the people who lost life and limb to save him. It's at this point Snake delivers his own unique screw to pay the president back, which remains an infectious ending to this very day. Very clever, very clear.
Escape from LA sets up the villains too early which has an effect of a 'color-by-the-numbers' experience for this viewer. It overstates the anti-establishment idea by never allowing you to entrust them from the start. Cliff Robertson's role as an extreme right-wing President is so over-the-top, you wonder if Carpenter is trying to tell a story or just illustrate how much he hates the right wing philosophy. In fact, it's so outrageous, it borders on straight out camp which effectively undermines the entire plot. At no time do you ever feel like the movie is doing anything more than looking in the rearview mirror at it's predecessor. So the ability to maintain an engaged interest in the characters is limited since the formula is blatantly on display.
What ultimately allows this movie to remain watchable is Kurt Russell. He delivers an excellent performance in the role as Snake Plissken. He manages to hold together scenes that really shouldn't work and just delivers a screen presence which essentially shows us why the character is so loved. I agree the movie becomes more watchable after each viewing. But I tend to believe that's a result of letting go of the disappointments and just embracing the fact we have Snake Plissken in front of us played as ONLY Kurt Russell can deliver him. After all, it's really HIS character, with a slight nod of credit to Carpenter. I think if anything is clear from this much maligned sequel, it's that Kurt Russell remains fully connected to his character, And we see that despite a weak script and actually pretty weak direction as well. Kurt Russell can still carve out another classic performance in the title role. THAT makes the viewing worthwhile for me. And you can forget rebooting the franchise. NO ONE will ever do it as good as Kurt Russell.
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