DVD & BLU-RAY
Escape From L.A. And Onto Blu-Ray May 4th
Author: David Wharton
published: 2010-02-24 15:14:59
Like it or not, the Great Wheel of Hollywood is still winding its way toward an ill-advised remake of Escape from New York. But before we watch some poor soul try to fill the unfillable shoes of Kurt Russell, first we'll get the chance to bolster our Blu-ray collections with Snake Plissken's shaky second outing, Escape from L.A.. Which, let's face it, will still probably be better than the remake.
Released in 1996, 15 years after John Carpenter's classic original Plissken film, Escape from L.A. makes little or no effort to disguise the fact that it's basically the same movie with New York's urban canyons swapped out for palm trees and the L.A. river. Yet again, Snake is forced by the government to enter a locked-down stretch of apocalyptic real estate and try to recover something. Last time he glided into the prison-converted island of Manhattan to rescue the President. This time he's infiltrating Los Angeles -- now also an island, also walled off, and also overrun with undesirables -- in search of the President's daughter and a doomsday device. It's sort of like when Sam Raimi basically remade Evil Dead as Evil Dead II, except Raimi actually made a good movie.
Despite the movie bombing at the box office, I'm sure there are still fans out there eager to add the other bookend to their Snake Plissken collection. You'll get your chance May 4th, just don't expect much in the way of extras. The only thing Paramount's press release lists is the theatrical trailer.
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