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By Nathan M Rose
Aug 24, 2010 03:28 PM EST

Escape From New York Blu-ray Review

Escape From New York Blu-ray Review
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Back in 1981, a low-budget movie that starred Kurt Russell and was directed by John Carpenter (Halloween) entered the movie scene.  It was entitled Escape from New York.
 
Escape from New York takes place in the future (our past now) in the year 1998.  New York has been turned into a maximum-security prison; and once you go in, there is no way out.  However, by circumstances out of the President's control, his plane has gone down into New York City, and the residents there will not let anyone come in and take him out.
 
However, just-in-time their newest detainee for the island, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is at the processing center and just happens to be the world's best undercover agent.  They offer him a pardon from being jailed in New York for the rest of his life if he recovers the President in time for the Hartford summit.
 
Along the way, Snake Plissken meets various types of inhabitants of the New York City prison and must deal with all the elements if he and the President will be able to escape from New York.
 
John Carpenter wrote the screenplay for Escape from New York back in 1976, after the Watergate Scandal.  However, no one would give him the money to create his vision; but after the success of the original Halloween in 1978, he was finally able to make his dream come true and put Snake Plissken on celluloid.
 
What truly makes this movie unique is how much Carpenter  was able to accomplish with such a small budget, and also make very bold predications on how the future would be if we proceed the way we are going.
 
The Blu-ray release of Escape from New York gives us a very clean looking AVC video transfer that will have fans drooling how well it looks on the screen as well as the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track pops immediately when the movie starts.  However, the one thing it truly lacks is any type of special features (aside from a DVD).  The Blu-ray does not contain the "lost opening scene" of the film, nor any commentaries or even a trailer.
 
While considered an amazing film by critics, Escape from New York was not a blockbuster success.  On the big screen, Escape from New York attracted a large cult following on VHS and still does today.  With the release of Escape from New York on Blu-ray, you can now get your Plissken-fix in the best quality possible.
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MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes
Distributed By: MGM Studios

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