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Escape From LA
2.35:1/Dolby Digital 5.1
Paramount Home Video

The semi-sequel to "Escape From NY" again stars Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a rogue soldier who occasionally gets the government out of trouble. In this film, the President's daughter has hijacked a major weapon and run off to the now Island of L.A., a place where those who have broken the law have been sent to rot, with violent wars breaking out on every street corner.

Dialogue and effects are cheesy although the film retains some sort of strangely entertaining quality. Acting from Russell is good, much better than his current film "Soldier"; Steve Buscemi is always fun too.

The Disc:
Picture: Paramount is getting a little better, thankfully. This disc, although it's a murky film, is clear and sharp, with good contrast and detailed images. The disc has a very minimal amount of compression artifacts, nothing to be terribly unhappy about. Although the disc is not 16x9, colors are vibrant and well rendered.

Audio:Very good. Active sounds on the disc, from the bass-heavy songs and score to the constant sound of gunfire and even a great scene where Russell catches a wave as he surfs with Peter Fonda's character. Unfortunately, again, Paramount has disabled audio selection from the remote.

Menus: Again, Paramount uses the cover art for their main menus.

Overall:The disc is actually above average; unfortunately, the movie isn't. Not a film I'd want to watch too many times.

Extras:The trailer.
Subtitles:   Spanish
Audio Tracks:   English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
English: Dolby Digital Surround
French: Dolby Digital Surround
Region:1
Rated:R
Dual Layer:NO

Grades:
Picture:A-
Audio:B
Extras:F
Menus:F
Film:C-
Overall Grade:C+