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Story

Assault on Precinct 13, the second feature by John Carpenter (Halloween, Vampires), has a group of cops and convicts joining forces as they're besieged in an all-but-abandoned police station by Street Thunder, a gang armed with automatic weapons and silencers. The relationships of those holed up in the police station as they try to survive the onslaught form the better part of the movie, borrowing liberally from the films of Howard Hawks, especially Rio Bravo, to make the point about who's "good enough" and who isn't. The action is taut and shocking for its time (1976). Street Thunder is more an irrational force, an embodiment of pure evil, than a clearly motivated group with a political agenda, drawing comparisons with Assault's other main influence, the zombies in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. More than an action-exploitation flick (though it more than holds its own on that level), Assault on Precinct 13 is a disguised Western with a horror aspect that Carpenter would later work out more rigorously in such films as Halloween and The Thing. The DVD is a true Collector's Edition, preserving the film's original Panavision aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and including a fascinating commentary track by John Carpenter. --Jim Gay

DVD Features

  • Audio Commentary by Director John Carpenter
  • Trailer

Cast

Austin StokerEthan Bishop
Darwin JostonNapoleon Wilson
Laurie ZimmerLeigh
Martin WestLawson
Tony BurtonWells
Charles CyphersStarker
Nancy KyesJulie

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 5, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaDec 2, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 11, 2003
    EuropeMay 28, 2001
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