Escape from L.A. (1996) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Escape from L.A. (1996) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Escape from L.A. (1996) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Escape from L.A. (1996) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

The year is 2013 and Snake Plissken is back but this time it’s L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President’s daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike.

I think Escape from L.A. is a movie that might have been better had it came out in 1986 instead of 1996. It’s a good idea with a cool character but for some reason it feels like it has the worst parts of the 90s in its core. Snake is once again being forced on a mission he doesn’t want to go on and along the way he’s forced to do even more things he doesn’t want to do like score ten straight points in a basketball game without missing. These are the types of things that I feel hurt this one more than it helps. I’m sure it was a good idea on paper but I don’t really think it’s cool seeing someone as badass as Snake Plissken shooting hoops. Escape from L.A. has a few cool moments, I’ll give it that, but it also feels overran with a bit too much gimmick that was fueling the time it was released.

As you could guess, the good guys aren’t really the good guys here and while we want to see Snake do whatever he can do to stay alive, we also want him to stick it to the very people forcing him on the mission. That’s the only thing that really keeps you tuned in here with this one, that’s the hope that Snake eventually sticks it to “The Man” even if that is his own country in this case. Escape from L.A. looks really nice on the shelf next to Scream Factory’s Escape from New York but it doesn’t really match up well to it in my opinion. The Blu-ray looks nice and has some cool interviews in the extras, but we’re a far cry from the original Escape from New York with this one.

Extras

  • NEW 4K Film Scan From The Original Negative
  • NEW A Little Bit Off Beat – An Interview With Actor Stacy Keach
  • NEW Beverly Hills Workshed – An Audio Interview With Actor Bruce Campbell
  • NEW Part of the Family – An Interview With Peter Jason
  • NEW Miss A Shot, Get A Shot – An Interview With George Corraface
  • NEW One Eye Is Better Than None – An Interview With Special Effects Artist Jim McPherson
  • NEW The Renderman – An Interview With Visual Effects Artist David Jones
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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