Escape from New York
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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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Yeah, well be my guess trying to make out ANYTHING on the print out screen other than a nice fluorescent, big, 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...
BIG, GREEN, BLUURRRR...
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)...
Kurt Russell is one of those actors that doesn't let viewers down, and this solidified him as one to watch in my mind when I saw this film when it first came out. The futuristic tale of a president behind enemy lines is tense and well-thought out. New York City is now a prison, and only one man can get in there and rescue the leader of the free world ... Snake.
I will admit that I don't know if the Blu-Ray format adds anything to the picture quality on this release (it's been a few years since I've watched it on DVD), but that doesn't matter. I bought this for the story and not format. If you haven't seen the film, and bleak sci-fi is your thing, you need to make some time for this classic.
Also. This may be in my case only as I haven't seen any one else complaining but, The first time I played it the movie skipped and the audio went out of sync in two key parts of the movie. The air-force one scene and the Duke, Snake fight near the end. I fixed the audio by rewinding a bit but the skips happened regardless. I checked the back of the disc and there are no scratches. Not sure if its the disc or not.
I rated this 5 stars because the movie is great! The Blu-Ray is simply not. Not one of those reviewers who rate something low because they think it's getting to many positive reviews. Which is why you should get this Escape from New York (Special Edition) until they come out with a good BD.
Edit: Scream Factory has released a well reviewed set. While I have not bought or seen it personally I can vouch for SF's usual quality Escape From New York (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]