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Escape from New York [DVD] [Widescreen]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Another John Carpenter cult classic, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was one of the best entries in the once popular post-apocalyptic genre which included ROAD WARRIOR and THE TERMINATOR. In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into the world's largest maximum security prison, a place where the worst of humanity is sent to rot. The U.S. Government finds itself in a major crisis when the president's plane crash lands in New York only days before a vital peace summit between major warring nations is to take place. The president survives the crash, but is taken hostage by the denizens of Manhattan and held for ransom. Only war hero turned felon Snake Plissken can save the day, and he is offered a simple deal for his work: save the president and live, fail to save him and die. The one-eyed bandit sets to work, cutting a path of destruction to the president that has to be seen to be believed. Kurt Russell creates the indelible character of Snake Plissken as no other actor could have. Wisecracking and cool under the very worst of pressures, Snake is the ultimate bad good guy. Often copied, but never duplicated, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is full of the wit, energy and action that marks a John Carpenter picture.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1001186

  • Credits
    Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Ermes Effron Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stanton, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Looks better and better as time passes..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "...A solidly satisfying actioner....[A] proper urgent mood..."
    Variety

    "...Brutal, very fine-looking....Carpenter's most ambitous, most riveting film to date..."
    New York Times

    "...ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK featured a supporting cast of cult appeal and successfully launched Kurt Russell as a rugged action hero..."
    Total Film

    "The premise, characters and theme all resonate..."
    Sight and Sound

    Ranked #7 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "John Carpenter's dystopian, kick-ass, junk-punk flick of 1977..."
    Uncut

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "One of the coolest and most exciting action/sci-fi flicks ever made. John Carpenter was in a zone..."
    Premiere

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