Escape from New York

Escape from New York ★★★★★

John Carpenter and Kurt Russell commentary track.

As usual, the duo is consistently entertaining to listen to, and together they provide extensive insight into the behind-the-scenes making of the film.

Most interesting to me:
- Carpenter talks extensively about cinematography legend Dean Cundey and how his lighting setups were incredibly elaborate in order to make the low-light environments visible on film stock (assisted by a new wide angle lens which allowed for greater depth of focus).
- Russell talks a lot about his amazing stunt double, Dick Warlock, and explains the Texas Switch, where an actor and a stunt double will trade places during a shot by hiding behind a piece of the set or briefly disappearing off-camera.

Highly recommended for fans of the film. I've got it on the gorgeous Scream Factory blu-ray, but it's an old track and can be found on various other discs.

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