Escape from New York – Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray) 
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This 4 disc limited Collectors Edition of John Carpenters classic Escape from New York has been stunningly restored in 4K. This release is beautifully packaged with a stylish, newly commissioned illustration on the cover. It contains a UHD of the feature as well as a Blu-ray feature disc, extra features disc and the original soundtrack on CD. It also contains 5 artcards, a newly illustrated theatrical poster and booklet containing behind the scenes stills, articles and an essay from celebrated film journalist Kim Newman. 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 youre in, you dont 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 Carpenters cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular. 4 discs (1 UHD, 1 Blu-ray feature, 1 Blu-ray extras, 1 CD Soundtrack) 1 poster 5 artcards 48 page bookExtras: Purgatory: Entering John Carpenters 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 HillDeleted Opening Sequence Snakes Crime with Optional Audio Commentary Photo gallery incl
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 17 x 14 x 3.2 cm; 250 Grams
- Media Format : Blu-ray, CD, Collector's Edition
- ASIN : B07H53CVPQ
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Onto the film, note that ihave only viewed the bluray, but i can say this restoration is fantastic, and is by far the best available. The previous studio canal blu-ray was awful and was essentially a DVD transfer slapped onto a bluray disc. The US had the shout factory bluray, which looked a million times better, but it pales in comparison to this transfer. The blu-ray looks top notch, so i would imagine the 4k UHD disc looks even better.
The extras are ok, i have not gone through all of them, but it seems to be the same stuff as on previous releases. My biggest complaint, is that the deleted opening scene of the bank robbery was not restored and looks awful. However this is only minor, and its still an enjoyable watch. The soundtrack is a nice touch too, and is a much better addition to that of a DVD copy (as some boxset do include).
Overall a fantastic package, and is currently the best way to watch this film.
What made me press the trigger on this was the extras. They are the same as the Special Edition DVD but with the added HD upgrade I was happy enough to pretend the cover didn't exist. Sadly I was wrong. The extras on any Blu-Ray are delightful but this upgrade, well it just wasn't anything there to enjoy. It felt like I was watching a DVD on a Blu-Ray disc and that is not why you pay the extra money. If I was a fan giving advice to another fan I would suggest pay the extra money and buy the Scream Factory release with the real HD upgrade plus the original artwork as your front cover plus a newly commissioned cover by the great Paul Shipper. Make sure your player is Region Free first though. Overall not worth it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2019
The situation in New York is not properly explained.Why are there few females? Where does everyone live and how come they keep popping up in odd places.? Although the man called Brain is supposed to provide oil, where does he get it? It is of course a sci-fi film of sorts but there needs to be a firm basis to the plot.
None of the actors has a chance to shine except possibly Kurt Russell, who has been directed by Carpenter to speak his lines in an angry whisper. He hates life you see. He was so fed up with being a war hero, he turned to robbery, as one does.
Never mind. Despite all this and a chase at the end which, considering the fact that the bridge is mined, would have been impossible, it’s worth seeing. The film has an energy and a who-cares-what-happens-next vitality rarely found today.