Snake Plissken set the bar for post-apocalyptic rescue flicks when he landed in the Big Apple for Escape From New York. John Carpenter created a masterpiece in the wreckage of a Manhattan that seemed bound for self-destruction. Now people have to escape from New York because the rents are outrageous. Instead of the Duke of New York, they have to deal with Donald Trump. Scream Factory is giving the Collector’s Edition treatment to Escape From New York on April 21. Along with previous bonus features, there’s new stuff including a commentary track with Carpenter and mega-star Kurt Russell. Here’s the press release from Scream Factory:
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
JOHN CARPENTER’S ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
AVAILABLE AS A COLLECTORS’ EDITION BLU-RAY
ON APRIL 21, 2015
Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory has announced the April 21, 2015 release of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) on Blu-ray. The new edition of the 1981 cult classic starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau includes several bonus features including a new 2K scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative.
A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken (Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (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!
Customers ordering from shoutfactory.com will receive their copies of Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition) two weeks early, and will receive an exclusive 18×24” poster featuring newly commissioned artwork.
Escape From New York (Collector’s Edition)
· NEW 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative
· NEW Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey
· Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
· Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
· NEW Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
· NEW Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth
· NEW On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker
· NEW I Am Taylor: an interview with actor Joe Unger
· NEW My Night on the Set: an interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau
· Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence
· Return to Escape from New York Featurette
· Theatrical Trailers
· Photo Galleries – Behind-the-Scenes, Posters and Lobby Cards
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