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Monday, April 13, 2015

New on Video: Urban Nihilism in Escape from New York

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM


John Carpenter's 1981 Escape from New York, in which the gloriously cynical and un-patriotic Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) must rescue the President (Donald Pleasance) from the city-turned-penal-colony, is a lot of things: the one Carpenter film everyone can agree on (particularly for those lacking the backbone for his horror pictures), the source of the name of one of San Francisco's more reliable pizza chains, and Kurt Russell's greatest role this side of Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China. But thankfully, it has not been underserved on video; in addition to being a perennial VHS favorite, it was also released in comparatively robust editions on both laserdisc and DVD, and Shout! Factory's double-disc Blu-ray "Collector's Edition" being released on April 21, contains the best of those past editions as well as some interesting new features.

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