WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Escape From New York
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Issac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2330SU
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1981
(LD Release Date): 07/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Carpenter
(Screenplay/Written By): John Carpenter & Nick Castle
(Story): NA
(Music): John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Joe Alves
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Todd Ramsay
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Debra Hill & Lary Franco

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
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(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A cult classic by now, this dark and moody near-futuristic thriller has New York City turned into a maximum security prison with no way in or out. When Air Force One is taken over by terorists and crashes on Manhattan with the president aboard, prisoner Russell is offered his freedom to rescue the chief. Features an inteeview with Carpenter and commnetary on the analog track.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is darkly rendered to set the foreboding mood but the cinematic quality is not optimized due to noticeable grain, poor shadow detail and deficient contrast. The picture is properly framed at the theatrical 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack delivers a dynamic punch with solid bass extension to 25Hz, aggressive surround envelopment, directional effects, natural dialogue, and a great music score.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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