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This College Essentials DVD collection includes three films fit for scholars and slackers alike. Anti-Social Studies 101 focuses on orientation into adrenaline-pumping action with the films LEAVING LAS VEGAS, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, and THE USUAL SUSPECTS!

LEAVING LAS VEGAS: Best Actor Oscar winner Nicholas Cage and best Actress nominee Elisabeth Shue set the screen ablaze in this profoundly moving love story. Nominated for two additional Academy Awards - Best Director and Best Screenplay - this emotionally charged powerhouse of a film graced over 100 "10 Best lists"- including Roger Ebert's #1 Movie of the Year.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: Before Blade Runner, Mad Max, and The Rock, this jolting breakout film leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a mind-blowing vision of a lone warrior (Kurt Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan!

THE USUAL SUSPECTS: This masterful, atmospheric "thoroughly engrossing film" (HBO) is sure to enrapture audiences with its complex and riveting storyline, gritty, tour-de-force performances and a psychological "maze you'll be happy to get lost in" (Los Angeles Times)!

Specifications

Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204687042
UPC 027616083470
UPC 14 00027616083470
Format DVD
Release Date 8/12/2008
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.85:1/1.33:1
Actors
Name Russell,Kurt
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Benicio Del Toro - [Usual] Actor
Bryan Singer - [Usual] Director
Donald Pleasence - [Escape] Actor
Elisabeth Shue - [Leaving] Actor
Ernest Borgnine - [Escape] Actor
Gabriel Byrne - [Usual] Actor
John Carpenter - [Escape] Director
Julian Sands - [Leaving] Actor
Kevin Spacey - [Usual] Actor
Kurt Russell - [Escape] Actor
Lee Van Cleef - [Escape] Actor
Mike Figgis - [Leaving] Director
Nicolas Cage - [Leaving] Actor
Stephen Baldwin - [Usual] Actor
Steven Weber - [Leaving] Actor
Awards
Winner (1996) British Academy Awards, John Ottman, [Usual] Best Editing,British Academy Awards, Bryan Singer, Michael McDonnell, [Usual] Best Film,British Academy Awards, Christopher McQuarrie, [Usual] Best Screenplay - Original,Golden Globe, Nicolas Cage, [Leaving] Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Independent Spirit, Declan Quinn, [Leaving] Best Cinematography,Independent Spirit, Mike Figgis, [Leaving] Best Director,Independent Spirit, Lila Cazes, Annie Stewart, [Leaving] Best Feature,Independent Spirit, Elisabeth Shue, [Leaving] Best Female Lead,Oscar, Nicolas Cage, [Leaving] Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Kevin Spacey, [Usual] Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Christopher McQuarrie, [Usual] Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen,Screen Actors Guild, Nicolas Cage, [Leaving] Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Escape] Although execution doesn't quite live up to the fabulous premise, Escape from New York is a solidly satisfying actioner...In the 1997 New York City neatly turned out (mostly in St Louis) by production designer Joe Alves, Manhattan is a walled, maximum security prison inhabited by millions of felons and loonies. The president of the US has the misfortune of crash landing on the island and being taken hostage by the crazies, who demand their release in exchange for the leader...Into this cesspool is sent tough criminal Kurt Russell, who is charged with extricating the prexy within 24 hours...Pic only falls a little short in not taking certain scenes to their dramatic limits. For instance, Russell is finally captured by Isaac Hayes and his cronies and thrown, like a doomed gladiator, into an arena with a hulking behemoth. Instead of milking the confrontation for all it's worth, Carpenter keeps cutting away to parallel events elsewhere...Model and matte work, executed at New World's special effects studio in Venice, is obvious but imaginatively fun enough to get by.
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Reviewer
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Leaving] Around the time that Mike Figgis began production of Leaving Las Vegas, John O'Brien, the author of the book upon which the film is based, shot himself in the head. This story, according to O'Brien's father, is his son's suicide note. And what an epitaph it is...By their nature, most love stories are relentlessly optimistic. An upbeat tone and a happy ending are almost mandatory. So it's unusual for a romance to delve as deeply into the dark realms of the human psyche as Leaving Las Vegas. This motion picture is an examination of both the power and the impotence of love. That emotion is not, as some would have us believe, a magical cure to wipe away life's troubles and tribulations. Neither is it an unqualified gateway to salvation...Rarely does a motion picture create such conflicting emotions in the viewer. Like the French film Savage Nights (about living with AIDS), but far better crafted, Leaving Las Vegas has no taboos. It doesn't moralize about its characters. Mike Figgis (Internal Affairs) has filmed an amazing dual character study. Like great poetry where each verse strives for new highs and lows, Leaving Las Vegas draws its audience along a rarely-traveled path whose scope can only be fully appreciated in the silence of the aftermath.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Russell,Kurt
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Thompson, Los Angeles Magazine [Leaving] A masterpiece.
Desson Howe, The Washington Post [Leaving] Will leave you terribly moved...
Jim Byerley, HBO Online [Usual] ...thoroughly engrossing...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune [Usual] ...mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another.
Newsweek [Escape] Dark and dangerous!
Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com [Escape] Cult classic that earns its status.

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