This is my most hyped release of 2015, and it not only met my expectations, it exceeded them. The human race has eventually made its own existence a living hell, succumbing to crime and violence and the entire island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. To rescue the President of the United States. Isaac Hayes plays The Duke, the psychotic ruler of New York, with Harry Dean Stanton as Brain, the Duke's technical genius who keeps the gasoline flowing and the lights working. The hijacking of a plane with the intent of flying it into a building in New York City was fantasy when Escape hit movie theaters.
The execution, however, has such an overriding air of juvenile underachievement that it never takes flight. Instead, concentrate on the actors and the action for grand entertainment. Porting this track over from the laserdisc was absolutely the right thing to do. No, but I also find it hard to believe that we will see a more perfect release, at least not on Blu-Ray. This is John Carpenter at his heyday. I did detect some minor color bleeding here and there, particularly around the President's bright red escape egg, but overall was more than satisfied.
Her behind-the-scenes perspective is unique and informative. The older of the two is by Carpenter and Russell and was originally recorded for laserdisc several years back. He also does freelance design work and runs a website or two. In addition, there are lots of lens flares throughout the movie that also tend to obscure details. That's about it as far as the worthwhile extras go.
The plot is brilliant in its simplicity. The thing I love about Snake is that this character is true to himself from beginning to end. And casting Lee Van Cleef as Hauk was nothing short of inspired. Each one of these pieces helps to build towards the puzzle that is Escape from New York, delivering funny on-set anecdotes as well as practical information about the production. Due to the nature of the production, some of the scenes in this movie are always going to look soft or have a little blur to them. Excellent and believable movie where prisoners are left to fend for themselves on Manhattan island. The viseo transfer to Blu-Ray is excellent.
Blacks are perfectly reproduced in the transfer without losing detail, giving the transfer incredible visual depth. With only minor caveats, Escape from New York is a worthy addition to the burgeoning library of John Carpenter special editions. Reviewed by , April 18, 2015 When one Rudolph Giuliani undertook a major scrubbing of Manhattan during his mayoralty, promising to make formerly supposedly nefarious spots like Times Square family friendly, he perhaps helped to erase the last vestiges of a situation which informed the subtext of John Carpenter's fondly remembered 1981 film Escape from New York. The signature Dean Cundey camerawork from Halloween and The Fog is there, as is the manic and magnetic performance by Carpenter favorite Donald Pleasence, in his second of three collaborations with the director. Getting in will be tricky---let alone getting back out---and navigating the streets won't be fun, either. Anyone thinking there is going to be a wholescale improvement in sharpness, clarity, shadow detail and overall palette will probably be at least slightly disappointed.
It's both an entertaining slice of dystopian sci-fi and an interesting preview for even greater or at least equally good Carpenter efforts later in the decade including , , and. The strong survive, the weak ones are killed — if only for sheer pleasure. Perhaps surprisingly, and probably at least partially attributable to Escape from New York's relatively small budget, the film is not a series of big action set pieces, and instead tends to play out in smaller, more intimate, scenes, a choice that may frustrate those wanting a nonstop adrenaline rush. Overall, both options serve up a well-defined atmosphere with relatively crisp dialogue, good balance and no flagrant audio distortions of any kind. In the wild and wooly eighties it wasn't hard to imagine the already turbulent environment of New York City tipping completely over into lawlessness, and the concept of simply transforming the isle into a fortress filled with criminals may not have seemed that big of a stretch. A little matte painter by the name of James Cameron worked on this film. And while the extras may not be as bountiful as you might expect from a two-disc set, a few of them are truly terrific.
It begins in the body of the helicopter but soon enough is affixed over one of the actor's faces. Also it includes optional commentary. Perhaps even more so with this film, as the added room and scope of the mix really helps to develop the tension needed in some of the scenes. The effort to shed some light on the Snake Plissken Chronicles comic book could have been worthwhile, albeit still just a bit of shameless marketing. Also included is optional audio commentary from John Carpenter and Kurt Russell.
Click for audio accompaniment, because why not? And just let me say, any film that has Isaac Hays as its big boss is an instant recommend right there. The Duke has a rather simple ransom demand: the prisoners kept isolated on Manhattan must be allowed access to the mainland or the President will be assassinated. Bristling with riveting chases and hard-hitting fight sequences, Escape From New York is your passport to nonstop excitement! In addition to the two lossless tracks and the additional commentaries mentioned in the supplements sections below , English subtitles are included. Also included on this disc are three different trailers for the film and three galleries of behind-the-scenes and production stills. Just a few seconds after that, at around 8:45, is the first real manifestation of that vertical blue slice through the image. If you haven't seen the film, and bleak sci-fi is your thing, you need to make some time for this classic.