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Posted 17 August 2023

Escape From New York 1981 4K Blu-ray - 3 Disc (Used) + Free C&C

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John Carpenter's classic Escape from New York has been stunningly restored in 4K. The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The rules are simple: once you're in, you don't come out. But when the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke (Isaac Hayes) in John Carpenter's cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular.

The 2018 restoration of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was made from the 35mm original camera negative. A full 4K 16bit workflow was applied to create a 4K DCP, UHD version and a new HD version which were produced with the same high technological standards as today's biggest international film releases.

The restoration and new UHD version was colour graded and approved in Los Angeles by the Cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

Extras include:

Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: A brand retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and featuring interviews with writer Nick Castle, cinematographer Dean Cundey, composer Alan Howarth, production designer Joe Alves, special visual effects artist/model maker Gene Rizzardi, production assistant David De Coteau, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, Carpenter biographer John Muir, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys, and music historian Daniel Schweiger.

Snake Plissen: Man of Honor - featurette from 2005 featuring interviews with John Carpenter and Debra Hill

Deleted Opening Sequence "Snake’s Crime" with Optional Audio Commentary

Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes

Original Trailers

Audio Commentary with actor Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter

Audio Commentary with Producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves

Big Challenges in Little Manhatten: Visual effects featurette - from 2015, features interviews with both Dennis Skotak, Director of Photography of Special VFX, and Robert Skotak, Unit Supervisor and Matte Artist

I am Taylor - Interview with actor Joe Unger - from 2015

Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and DOP Dean Cundey

Dolby Vision
Region: 2.35:1
Audio: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio

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In 1997, a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.

  • Rating: R
  • Genre: Action, Sci-fi
  • Original Language: English
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Producer: Larry J. Franco, Debra Hill
  • Release Date (Theaters): Jul 10, 1981 Wide
  • Release Date (Streaming): Feb 2, 2004
  • Runtime: 1h 40m
  • Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Embassy Pictures, AVCO Embassy Pictures
  • Sound Mix: Surround

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  1. ssc1's avatar
    Call me 🐍
  2. RockstarRobbo's avatar
    What an absolute classic 🔥
    Dorian_Mangel's avatar
    You're not wrong
  3. Bykovsky's avatar
    How can I unfollow all CEX deals on this page? I don't buy used discs because I support physical media by buying new discs (discounted though!) to give a clear message to the studios that it's still worth releasing content on physical media.
  4. duncan.ireland's avatar
    Good deal but if you are after the best version it's worth springing for the US release - same transfer as this but the disc authoring is better as it's on BD100

    Also the artwork on this is atrocious. (edited)
    Wreck-It_Rob's avatar
    The Italian release is actually better than both. However the text is italian for the intro etc.
  5. wilky67's avatar
    Brilliant movie 🎬
  6. C0mm0d0re_K1d's avatar
    I thought you'd be bigger.
  7. kidrock123's avatar
    "The name's plissken!.."
  8. themachman's avatar
    Watched this tonight
    what a classic!

  9. MrSprkle's avatar
    The Metal Gear Solid Influence.
  10. odiedodie's avatar
    Shame they never made a sequel.
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