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« on: September 23, 2006, 07:05:26 PM »

I never seen it believe it or not. I was thinking about buying it because it has Lee Van Cleef staring along side Kurt Russell. Everyone says it's a cult classic. Is it worth buying?

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2006, 08:33:10 PM »

Van Cleef is only really in the film right at the start and right at the end. It seems to be a film that's never off TV (where I live at least), unless you can buy it for next to nothing, maybe you should hold out untill you've caught a screening first.

For me it was a bit too dumb, even WILD BUNCH member Ernie Borgnine struggles to bring it any gravitas. However Donald Pleasence is, as ever, magnificent.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2006, 02:21:07 AM »

For me it was a bit too dumb
Yeah dumb but fun.I taped the sequel Escape From LA the other day so hopefully this'll be entertaining too!
    Another film to see where theres a lot more action from LVC is Armed Response in which he and David Carradine take on the Chinese mafia Wink

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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2006, 06:41:57 PM »

Well, Escape from L.A. really sucked, so a further sequel probably won't amount to much.

The original, however, is a lot of fun (yeah, dumb fun, but fun). Great cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Issac Hayes, LVC, Russell, Tom Atkins, and, as mentioned, a great performance from the always great Donald Pleasance.

There are two reasons to get the DVD. First, it delivers the film in its OAR. Carpenter's films don't work at all unless you see them presented that way, which you can't rely on TV to deliver. Second, the audio commentary, a two-way between Russell and Carpenter, is absolutely hilarious. You definitely double your entertainment value by having that extra audio track.

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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2006, 07:45:34 PM »

the audio commentary, a two-way between Russell and Carpenter, is absolutely hilarious. You definitely double your entertainment value by having that extra audio track.

Ignore what I said above. I guess this sells it.

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2006, 07:49:33 PM »

Well, Escape from L.A. really sucked, so a further sequel probably won't amount to much.

The original, however, is a lot of fun (yeah, dumb fun, but fun). Great cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Issac Hayes, LVC, Russell, Tom Atkins, and, as mentioned, a great performance from the always great Donald Pleasance.

There are two reasons to get the DVD. First, it delivers the film in its OAR. Carpenter's films don't work at all unless you see them presented that way, which you can't rely on TV to deliver. Second, the audio commentary, a two-way between Russell and Carpenter, is absolutely hilarious. You definitely double your entertainment value by having that extra audio track.

I like LA even though it was kinda dumb.Like when hes surfin that tidal wave and when he made a 3 pointer from one whole end of the court.

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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2006, 09:38:48 PM »

The commentary track on "Big Trouble in Little China" with Russel & Carpenter is likewise very good.

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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2006, 09:56:41 PM »

Didn't care much for this film. Overhyped I say.
Works the first hour but then that cheesy wrestling ring scene really brings it down. Too bad, it had a good plot.

LVC should have killed Snake( who I didn't really care for).

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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2007, 11:28:24 PM »

Theres a remake in the works with Gerarld Butler (300) being Snake and with Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4) directing it.

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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2007, 12:42:12 AM »

Well I have seen this. It's been quite awhile since I started this thread. I forgot to write a review for the film. I loved it. Vintage John Carpentar!

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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2007, 12:17:18 PM »

I'm pissed they're planning on remaking it, with Gerard Butler in mind to play Snake Plisken. What the hell is going on?!

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2007, 12:21:09 PM »

I'm pissed they're planning on remaking it, with Gerard Butler in mind to play Snake Plisken. What the hell is going on?!


I don't see the logic behind it either.
The second movie bombed terribly, why would the studios risk a big bidget remake of a franchise that nobody cares to see anymore?

I say scrap the remake and make the third installment (escape from planet earth).

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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2007, 01:02:45 PM »

I think some franchises are best left alone. I mean like no sequels, no remakes. IMO, this is one of them. One of the reasons slashers are so cliche is because of the amount of sequels and crap like that.

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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2007, 02:58:06 PM »

I wasn't particularly impressed with either Escape films, really on any level. Though I remember Buescemi having a funny part in LA, and Donald Pleasence is alsways fun to watch in anything he's in. Other than that, I never saw what the hooplah was about when it came to these movies.

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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2007, 05:59:20 PM »

I wasn't particularly impressed with either Escape films, really on any level. Though I remember Buescemi having a funny part in LA, and Donald Pleasence is alsways fun to watch in anything he's in. Other than that, I never saw what the hooplah was about when it came to these movies.

I think they're fun films that I enjoy a lot. Maybe because I'm such a big Carpenter and Kurt Russell fan. That helps my cause.

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