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Escape From L.A. (DVD, 1998)
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When John Carpenter and Kurt Russell teamed up for this sequel to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the idea was to kick butt and have fun. They do just that in ESCAPE FROM L.A., an explo...Read more
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Escape From L.A. 'Classic To Own'
Some would watch this movie after viewing the original film and complain endlessly about the over-the-top style of the film, but not me. True, the film borrows from the basic...Read more
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Escape from L.A.
I don't think there's a better movie describing today's atmosphere in America and you can easily forget Escape From New York cause its political themes are pretty much restrai...Read more

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When John Carpenter and Kurt Russell teamed up for this sequel to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the idea was to kick butt and have fun. They do just that in ESCAPE FROM L.A., an explosive film that recalls the classic original in all the best ways. Infamous adventurer Snake Plissken gets another raw deal when he is forced to rescue the President's daughter from the new prison island of Los Angeles. Mayhem ensues as Snake goes about his mission, leaving a wake of destruction behind him. Lighter and more tongue in cheek than the original, ESCAPE FROM L.A. provides loud, violent fun for both the fans of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK as well as newcomers to the films. There are great cameos provided by Peter Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Pam Grier and many more that give the film an extra layer of entertainment. Great special effects are a given in Carpenter films, and this one is no exception. ESCAPE FROM L.A. is fun fare from a master filmmaker.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • UPC: 097363324973

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Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD

Credits
Director:John Carpenter
Leading Role:Kurt Russell
eBay Product ID: EPID3248730

Editorial reviews

"...Wicked fun..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/05/1996)

"...Carpenter throws in the works..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (08/09/1996)

"...With much humor and high adventure, JOHN CARPENTER'S ESCAPE FROM L.A. imagines a Dante-esque vision of the City of Angels..."
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas (08/09/1996)

"...ESCAPE FROM L.A. is a go-for-broke action extravaganza that satirizes the genre at the same time it's exploiting it....It goes deliberately and cheerfully over the top..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (08/09/1996)

"With costlier effects and some in-jokes about Hollywood..."
Uncut - Simon Button (08/01/2001)

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Escape From L.A. 'Classic To Own'

Created: 22/09/10
Some would watch this movie after viewing the original film and complain endlessly about the over-the-top style of the film, but not me. True, the film borrows from the basic setup of the first film and is now outdated in reference the events that caused the separation of L.A from the mainland in (according to the movie) 1998. Regardless, these small inconsistencies can be ignored as most movies are only loosely based on reality anyway. The film has a simple plot, Snake is arrested then immediately recruited for a mission of vital importance in exchange for a full pardon, but he only has roughly 9 hrs to complete the mission (reasons revealed in the movie). This gives the movie a sense of urgency in my opinion and makes for a swift action-packed adventure. Snake Plissken is the absolute epitomy of the bad-good guy. He lies, he cheats, has vices and distances himself from the standard by-the-book hero. Snake is a rogue and Kurt Russell is great in the role. Yeah, there are plot inconsistencies, and yes it's over-the-top, but as an example I would point out that 'Titanic' was over-the-top as well in the romance department, yet people raved over the film during its' release. Throw caution to the wind and give Escape from L.A. a try.
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Escape from L.A.

Created: 26/03/10
I don't think there's a better movie describing today's atmosphere in America and you can easily forget Escape From New York cause its political themes are pretty much restrained. Also Escape From L.A. is kind of timeless in a way that it satirizes all what America is known for, from motorcycle gangs, hookers, Hollywood agents, face-lifts, politics, freedom, violence TO implied peculiar American (created) all movie genres (sci-fi, action, comedy, western) to movie characters (typical US movies bad guys/good guys), music (typical western score, typical US orchestrated score), dialogues, typical US action movie scenes and especially parodying Hollywood stupid copycat sequels. You can find so much about America through this film, you just have to know how to watch it.
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Escape From L.A

Created: 05/03/08
We alway knew that California was going to have a major earthquack and break apart. This is a great old movie if you like 80's movies. You have action. Cool old cars. And you have Snake Plissken.
In the year 2000, an earthquake reaching 9.6 magnitude hits the city of Los Angeles, causing it to be separated by flooding the San Fernando Valley and turning it into an island from Malibu to Anaheim.
If you like Escape from New York. You have to have this to your collection.
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Escape From L.A.

Created: 04/05/08
Just thought it was funny to watch, really enjoyed Escape from New York. It wasn't the best in acting jobs for the characters (especially Peter Fonda) but I enjoyed the flik anyway. The plot was a bit far fetched but it was a bit comical compared to the original. I was a bit dissapointed at first but the humerous nature of it made up for it. It is a far stretch from Escape From New York, which was easier to take more seriously.
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Escape From L.A.

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Created: 17/04/13
The year is 2013. Like New York, Los Angeles has been turned into a prison island for the United State's most undesirable criminals, like New York, Los Angeles is surrounded by a wall so no convict can escape from L.A and once deported to L.A. you can never return to the American mainland which has become a moral society. 16-years after he escaped from New York, One-Eyed former soldier Snake Plissken now the United State's most wanted outlaw is once again given another job for his freedom by the new President and L.A's security commander Malloy. Snake is sent into L.A. to recover a doomsday device that shuts all power sources on Earth from brutal terrorist Curevo Jones and the President's runaway daughter Utopia who has been brainwashed by Curveo into stealing the doomsday device, and the President personally wants Snake to eliminate Utopia for betraying her country. Like New York, Snake is injected with a engineered virus which will kill him in 9 hours if Snake fails the mission, if Snake succeeds in completing the mission, he will be given the antidote. Entering L.A, now inhabited by criminals, runaway teenagers, prostitutes and brutal gangs. Snake sets out to recover the doomsday device and kill Utopia, as Curevo and his army of terrorists prepares to invade the United States and can Snake escape from L.A. before the virus kills him in 9 hours. Kurt Russell is brilliant as Snake. This movie is great.
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