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.
I really liked this prologue/prequal/setup. It sets a pretty intense tone in a short amount of time. Edited and presented perfectly. Wish the video quality could be better, but I know the source is terrible. I'm glad this short and sweet edit was made for fans of the Carpenter films like myself, at least the first one. This prequel is best watched before watching Escape From New York for maximum enjoyment.
It rules; not sure what else to say, just that this deleted scene-turned-action short should be required viewing before watching Escape From NY, in the vein of The Crimson Permanent Assurance or Hotel Chevalier.
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!
An intense and thrilling short made from a deleted scene of "Escape From NY" that serves as a prequel to the film, Bobson Dugnutt tries his best to make it presentable, but not much can be done to fix that video quality. This edit is definitely for the fans of John Carpenter and his "Escape From...." series.