Made in 1981 it imagines a futuristic New York where crime has spiralled out of control to the point where Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison.
The major snag is that he has less than 24 hours to complete his mission and must survive in a completely lawless and hostile environment.
Although the premise stems from anxieties about New York that now seem dated, the film holds up remarkably well with the visuals, acting and a pulsating electronic score all adding to the mix.
The extras on both releases include:
- Return to Escape from New York: A 23 minute featurette on the making of the film with interviews and insight from cast and crew.
- John Carpenter Interview: A new and exclusive 30 minute interview with the writer-director about the film.
- Snakes Crime: The deleted opening scene where Snake robs a federal bank.
- Commentary: John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, which is highly engaging and informative.
There are also three theatrical trailers including this one: