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Escape From L.A. 4K UHD Review

Snake Plissken in 4K!

In 1996, director John Carpenter resurrected cult favorite Snake Plissken with “Escape From L.A.” In this sequel, Plissken once again finds himself assigned to another dangerous mission. This time around the President wants him to retrieve a device stolen by his daughter and given to a revolutionary leader (Cuervo) who resides on L.A. island (a secluded spot for criminals and so forth). As if that wasn’t enough, Snake also believes he has been injected with a time sensitive virus to hurry him along. While in L.A., he runs into all sorts of problems from a surgeon to Cuervo’s gang, but he just might run into some allies too.

“Escape From L.A.” is often criticized for being a little too close to “Escape From New York” in terms of its story structure. While that is one of its shortcomings, the sequel is better than many have led you to believe. Sure, the special effects haven’t aged well and there are some ridiculous scenes (the Peter Fonda surfing scene is forever in my brain), but if you can look past that, you’ll find this John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and Debra Hill scripted sequel to have a surprising amount of depth with its relevant political messages and satirical take on L.A. society. The approach to Snake’s character is also clever in that he’s a relic. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect here though is the film’s great ending which really does set up so many possibilities for a sequel.

When you watch a John Carpenter movie you know it’s going to have a great cast and this is no exception. You’ve got Hollywood vets like Peter Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Pam Grier along with Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Bruce Campbell, Michelle Forbes, A.J. Langer, Valeria Golino and, of course, Kurt Russell in arguably his best role. Russell really makes Snake his own. I can’t imagine anyone else in the part (luckily those remakes have never happened). Buscemi has an amusing comedic role while the late Peter Fonda is clearly having a blast as the cheesy Pipeline. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2160p. How does it look? Scream Factory did a great job with their Blu-ray release less than 2 years ago but this 4K print is even better. The clarity is so amazing that it looks like a new movie

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A nice layered audio that delivers in the action department.

The only extras are a theatrical trailer and a Digital copy.

February 14, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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