Assault On Precinct 13
Fans of John Carpenter films have been spoiled lately with the onslaught of Blu-ray releases from his vast catalog. His 1976 movie "Assault on Precinct 13" is the latest and the cliché of "definitive edition" really does come into play here. The Blu-ray transfer of an almost 40-year-old film should be commended and Shout Factory offers up some sterling special features too.
On the eve of the shutdown of the Anderson precinct in Los Angeles, a gang of thugs is on a revenge killing spree. As a busload of convicts holes up in the deserted precinct, the gang surrounds it and keeps it under siege. The film is unflinching in its depiction of violence and racial tensions.
The influence of the films "Rio Bravo" and "Night of the Living Dead" are obvious while watching "Assault on Precinct 13." Director Carpenter admits to ripping off both of them in a 25-minute special feature that also includes actor Austin Stoker while they attend a Q&A session at a film festival. Stoker gets his own 7-minute feature as well.
Nancy Loomis comes out of hiding for a 12-minute interview feature called appropriately enough "The Sassy One." It’s nice to finally hear Loomis address her too-short career as an actress. She talks about "Assault" and also touches on her experiences in "Halloween" and "The Fog."
The audio commentary from Carpenter was on the previously released DVD edition but sound effects editor Tommy Lee Wallace does a brand new commentary that’s worth a listen.
"Assault on Precinct 13"