John Carpenter's Escape from Colorado

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The greatest heist you've never heard of
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Original Release Date:
1981
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9
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Brief Synopsis:
1997. The future.

Snake Plissken is pulling off one of the most daring heists of the late 20th Century at the Colorado Fedaral Reserve, but with the United States Police Force is hot on his heels, will he be able to ... ESCAPE FROM COLORADO?
Intention:
I wanted to do something with this fun little prologue to Escape from NY that wasn't used. It definitely didn't fit in the film, but it was neat, so I presented it as it's own prequel film.
Additional Notes:
I've done my best to upscale the poor VHS footage to 720p, colour correcting, as well as stretching it back to its original aspect ratio so that it looks presentable.
Other Sources:
Escape from L.A.: Original Score Album From the Motion Picture - Out of Time (unused) was now used as the end credits music
Escape from New York: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Main Title was reused over the opening titles
Release Information:
Digital
Escape from Colorado: A Snake Plissken Prequel

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2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(2)
Narrative
 
10.0(2)
Enjoyment
 
9.5(2)
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Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Like the previous reviewer, this is something that I have already seen tacked onto the ADM Extended Edition of Escape From New York. But it is still an interesting example of what might have been. It was a good decision by Carpenter to cut this out, because it makes Snake a much more sympathetic character than he is at the beginning of the final cut of the film.

I'm giving the A/V quality a high mark because the source material really, REALLY sucks, and this version was around as clean as it could possibly be. Editing and Sound were excellent, and I loved watching it.

I can't say this will be a "go to' addition to the film, but I'll keep it around to show off every now and then.

Great job!

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Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
7.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
I had previously seen this footage in ADigitalMan's Escape From New York Extended Edition. It's basically the same thing here, the story of how Snake ends up under the thumb of the Feds. As much as that film is pretty B-rate, it has a great charm and Carpenter manages to hide the low budget and add some fun dialogue and characterization. He doesn't really pull it off here though, as whatever "plan" there is for stealing from the Federal Reserve seems to entail basically just walking out and getting on the subway. haha You can see why this was cut.

The footage itself looks pretty bad. There's not a lot Bobson could do to clean it up (I know, I spent hours trying to do it with the EFNY EE fanedit) but it should be noted. The audio sounds great though, and is honestly the best part here. Bobson presents this with the same titles, music, and style of the original Carpenter film, so if you're a fan and haven't seen the deleted scenes, here's a fun way to watch. I also really appreciate him making use of the VIDEO tab on here, which not a lot of faneditors do!

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