Video Release: August 3, 2010
Studio: 20th Century Fox
In the year 1997, a decayed New York City has become a maximum security prison that houses thousands of hardened criminals. It is in this urban hellhole that the president's plane has crashed, and he has been taken hostage by some of the prison's most vicious convicts. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed, decorated war hero turned felon, is given the option of rescuing the president in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.
However, he has only 24 hours to complete his assignment...
In a future where crime has become so rampant New York City has been converted into a giant maximum security prison, a mercenary is hired to go in and rescue the kidnapped president whose plane was forced to make a emergency landing there.
Shot in Panavision.
The "Director's Special Edition," (both in VHS & Laserdisc) includes an 19 minute interview with John Carpenter, the two-minute theatrical trailer, and additional footage cut from previous release prints.