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Escape From New York-Director's Special Edition

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Escape From New York-Director’s Special Edition gets points for being the first of the modern movie sci-fi dystopias, and for showing that former Disney twerp Kurt Russell could play a snarling antihero. But do we really need a ”special edition”? Especially one that adds no new footage to the film itself? Available in letterboxed and full-frame versions, this package does feature a 20-minute interview with director John Carpenter, during which you’ll see shots from a prologue cut before Escape’s theatrical release. But then it’s on to the film itself, a passable B flick with more brawn than brains and a score that sounds like it was composed on a Casiotone. There are John Carpenter movies that deserve special editions-Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween, for starters-but this ain’t one of them. C

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