John Carpenter's Escape from Colorado

Updated
 
9.4 (2)
 
9.7 (6)
3935 1 3
escapecolorado_front
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1981
Original Running Time:
N/A minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
9 minutes
Available in HD:
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

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1981
Original Running Time:
N/A minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
9 minutes
Available in HD:
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

Trusted Reviewer reviews

2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
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.
R
Top 10 Reviewer 156 reviews
Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
7.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual 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!

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0

User reviews

6 reviews
 
100%
7-9 stars
 
0%
5-7 stars
 
0%
3-5 stars
 
0%
1-3 stars
 
0%
Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(6)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(6)
Visual Editing
 
9.8(6)
Narrative
 
9.8(6)
Enjoyment
 
9.8(6)
View all user reviews View most helpful
(Updated: September 07, 2023)
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
“I heard you were dead”

This 9 minute short of a deleted scene is so powerful in cementing Snake Plissken as a loyal and trusting friend of “Taylor” that it can be argued that John kept it out simply because it didn’t match Snakes portrayal for the rest of the film.

I like to think that the Character we see in “Escape from New York” is that of a man who’s mentally “On Duty” and the character he is portrayed in “Escape from Colorado” is that of Snake “off duty”.

This “off duty” portrayal is reflected by Snakes laid back nature once the mission is completed, as well as his very loyal and trusting nature towards his friend “Taylor”.

Even when things turned south without giving any spoilers away, Snake is so loyal to his close friends that despite his reputation of being a cold, ruthless, and uncaring to outsiders, he exhibits all the characteristics of the type of man who would put the welfare of his friends above his own. Even if it means no “Escape”

Say whatever you want about Snake, but we should all be so lucky as to have just one friend as selfless and brave as Snake in our lifetime.

As for the edit… well… there is only so much you can do with this thing… and what was done was the most you can do given it’s quality… if I could offer any suggestion for it would be to add a Grindhouse filter on the whole thing to give it that theater feel and that ambient film “pop” sound that starts at the beginning of all films from that era

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
S
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
7.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
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.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
B
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
(Updated: April 16, 2024)
Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
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.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I see why Big John cut this scene out, nevertheless, this scene is so cool! It works better as a short movie tied to Escape From N.Y, than an actual scene from the movie. Recommand it strongly.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
D
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I really enjoyed this little thing. Watched it awhile back but I forgot it was from here. Anywho, the visual and audio editing is perfect. Didn’t notice a single thing wrong with it. And Carpenter is one of my favorite directors, so seeing this in such good quality was a joy.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
View all user reviews