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Germany

Description: 1997: In an America ravaged by war and gutted by riots and social collapse, "Snake" Plissken was the deadliest man alive. Ex-soldier, Ex-hero, Outlaw, Snake was so slippery no trap could catch him, no jail could hold him. Then he was set up, betrayed captured. They sent him into the ultimate prison: New York City. A penal colony 12 miles long and two miles wide. An urban jungle where men had become things and only the the most brutal survived. But they gave him one shot at freedom. Somewhere in that cesspool of humanity was the President of the United States. Snake had twenty-four hours to find him. The rest was easy. He just had to get out alive.

Writer: Mike McQuay
Publisher:
Apex-Verlag
Pages: 300
Release Date: February 12, 2019 (
Paperback)

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Description: 1997: In an America ravaged by war and gutted by riots and social collapse, "Snake" Plissken was the deadliest man alive. Ex-soldier, Ex-hero, Outlaw, Snake was so slippery no trap could catch him, no jail could hold him. Then he was set up, betrayed captured. They sent him into the ultimate prison: New York City. A penal colony 12 miles long and two miles wide. An urban jungle where men had become things and only the the most brutal survived. But they gave him one shot at freedom. Somewhere in that cesspool of humanity was the President of the United States. Snake had twenty-four hours to find him. The rest was easy. He just had to get out alive.

Writer: Mike McQuay
Publisher:
Apex-Verlag
Pages:264
Release Date: November 28, 2020 (
Hardcover)

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Escape From New York: The Official Story of the Film




UK/US

Description: Over forty years after the release of the iconic hit, Escape From New York: The Official Story of the Film delves into the archives to showcase the creation of the movie. Directed by John Carpenter and released in 1981, Escape From New York thrilled audiences worldwide with its memorable characters, gritty premise and creative special effects.

This must-have book is the ultimate retrospective to the cult-classic movie, illustrating the production process of the science-fiction blockbuster, plus the impact and influence in popular culture, as well as the costuming, special effects, music, posters, and much more. Featuring brand new interviews with cast and crew, plus a foreword written by award-winning filmmaker, Corin Hardy, this extraordinary collection of never-before-seen art will give fans exclusive insight into every aspect of the movie.

Writer: John Walsh
Publisher:
Titan Books
Pages: 160
Release Date: November 22, 2021 (UK) (Hardcover)/December 14, 2021 (US) (Hardcover)
Price: $50.00/£35.00

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Trailer
Escape From New York: The Official Story Of The Film (Jun 10/2021)

Interviews
Escape From New York: The Official Story Of The Film - Interview With Author John Walsh
(Dragons and Droids/Oct 28/2021) By Mark Salter

Videos
Escape From New York: The Official Story Of The Film - Poster Art With Matt Ferguson (Oct 31/2021)
Escape From New York: The Official Story Of The Film - John Walsh Discusses His New Book On London Live (Nov 03/2021)
Escape From New York: The Official Story Of The Film - John Walsh Discusses His New Book On Talk Radio Europe (Nov 05/2021)
Escape From New York: The Official Story Of The Film - John Walsh Discusses His New Book On 1980s Now Podcast (Nov 05/2021)



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Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound

Description:
Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 4th edition relies on the professional experience of the author and other top sound craftspeople to provide a comprehensive explanation of film sound, including mixing, dubbing, workflow, budgeting, and digital audio techniques. Practically grounded with real-world stories from the trenches throughout, the book also provides relevant technical data, as well as an appreciation of all the processes involved in creating optimal motion picture sound.

New to this edition are exclusive sound artist lessons from the field (including 2 new production cases studies), including insight from craftspeople who have worked on the latest Harry Potter and Batman films. All technological changes have been updated to reflect the most current systems.

Escape From New York (Page: 23)/Test Audience Screening (Page: 179)/Custom Sound Effects (Page: 202)/Special Effect Trick (Pages: 288-289)

Writer:
David Lewis Yewdall
Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 680
Release Date: May 20, 2011 (Paperback)/February 07, 2018 (Hardcover)

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US

The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror

Description: John Carpenter is a seminal figure in the history of horror and science fiction filmmaking. His work in these genres has been highly influential in their ongoing development. This book gives Carpenter's output the sustained critical treatment it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work, as well as others which focus on a smaller number of key films. Some essays take on wide-ranging issues such as Carpenter's approach to remakes and the question of genre, while others are organized around a specific theme or technical aspect of Carpenter's film-making. The text's key strength is that it draws upon an international group of scholars offering a variety of expertise. Films discussed include Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978) and its subsequent sequels, Escape From New York (1981), Escape From L.A. (1996), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Village of the Damned (1995) and Ghosts of Mars (2001). The book also features an exclusive interview with John Carpenter.

Masculinity, Kurt Russell and the Escape Films By Robert Shail (Pages: 107-117)
From Elvis to L.A.: Reflections on the Carpenter-Russell Films By Tony Williams (Pages: 118-127)

Writers: Ian Conrich & David Woods
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Pages: 224

Release Date: May 11, 2005 (Hardcover/Paperback)

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UK/US

On Set with John Carpenter: The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker

Description:
John Carpenter's producing partner Debra Hill hired photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker to be the unit photographer on Halloween, and Kim soon became part of Carpenter’s filmmaking family, going on to shoot stills on the sets of some of his most iconic films: Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, Halloween II, Christine.

Collected together here for the first time is the best of that on-set photography, with iconic, rare, and previously unseen images. All accompanied by exclusive commentary from those involved, including John Carpenter himself, and other key crew and cast.

From production stills, to candids of the stars between takes, and the crew in action, alongside portrait shots of the actors who would eagerly pose for Kim, this book gives an unprecedented glimpse into the action on set with John Carpenter.


Escape From New York (Pages: 68-125)

Writer: Kim Gottlieb-Walker
Publisher: Titan Books
Pages: 176

Release Date: October 21, 2014 (US) (Hardcover)/October 24, 2014 (UK) (Hardcover)
Price:
$29.95/CAN $34.95/£24.99

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Interviews
Kim Gottlieb-Walker Discusses Her New Book, On Set With John Carpenter (Daily Dead/Sep 10/2014) By Heather Wixon
Behind The Lens With John Carpenter's Set Photographer (Dazed Digital/Sep 25/2014) By Peter Yeung
Kim Gottlieb-Walker Takes You 'On Set With John Carpenter' (Halloween Daily News/Oct 17/2014) By Matt Artz
Kim Gottlieb-Walker On Capturing John Carpenter’s Landmark Horror Classics (Flavorwire/Oct 21/2014) By Alison Natasi
On Set With John Carpenter Author Kim Gottlieb-Walker (Deep Fried Movies/Nov 04/2014) By Matt Mulcahey
Kim Gottlieb-Walker On The Set With John Carpenter (Manta Ray Pictures/Dec 01/2014) By Terry Wickham
On Set With John Carpenter: The Photographs Of Kim Gottlieb-Walker (Little White Lies) By David Ehrlich (N/A)



US

Assault on the System: The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter

Description: Like so many, Carpenter found a much-needed escape from reality at the movies - and his love of the medium inspired him to start up his own fanzines when he was just a kid. He initially aspired to make westerns, but fate had other ideas in mind. Sooner than resist being typecast as a horror filmmaker, Carpenter embraced the moniker of "master of horror," all the while dipping in and out of the genre as he tried his hand at everything from sci-fi romps like They Live (1988) to gritty action thrillers like Escape From New York (1981) and romantic fantasies like Starman (1984).

Carpenter's love of old school Hollywood, embodied in his passion for the films of Howard Hawks, inspired him to create a persona which eschews arthouse pretentions in favor of classical storytelling and craftsmanship. Working with budgets low and high, he always saw to it that his films looked and sounded as slick and professional as possible - and his use of anamorphic Panavision in virtually all of his theatrical features gives even the smallest of his films a larger-than-life pictorial allure. Carpenter doesn't specialize in real life: he specializes in movies-and all the artifice that entails.

Then there's the music - that distinctive minimalist approach to synthesizer scoring which gives his films an even more unmistakable personality. As the son of an accomplished musician and music historian, Carpenter brought his flair for music, as well as his sense of timing, to bear on a variety of subjects.

One of the constant themes running through Carpenter's work is a deep distrust of authority in its various forms. Early hopes of finding acceptance within the Hollywood system soon gave way to an understanding that he preferred being his own boss, working outside of the system in order to preserve the integrity of his vision.

Assault on the System - The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter charts Carpenter's trajectory from screenwriter-for-hire to director of low-budget oddities like Dark Star (1974) to his meteoric rise and fall within the very system he came to distrust. All of Carpenter's films are analyzed in detail, including his forays into made-for-TV fare, and his various sideline projects as a writer, a composer, and a producer are also examined. Brand new interviews with Carpenter, his wife Sandy King-Carpenter, and actor Keith Gordon also help to provide a glimpse into the man, his methods, and what makes him tick. In addition, there are hundreds of eye-catching images, including theatrical posters, stills, behind the scenes shots, and more. The end result is a comprehensive celebration of one of America's great, yet oft-unsung auteurs, and a true independent spirit in his chosen medium. Guest essays by: Matty Budrewicz & Dave Wain, Lee Gambin, John Harrison, Randall D. Larson, Robert Russell LaVigne, Francesco Massaccesi, Paul Poet, and Nick Smith. Published by WK Books, publishers of Weng's Chop Cinema Megazine and Monster! Digest.

The President of What? (Pages: 84-97)

Writer: Troy Howarth
Publisher: WK Books
Pages: 463
Release Date: September 20, 2020
(Color Edition/Paperback)/September 25, 2020 (Standard Edition/Paperback)
Price: $64.95/CAN $86.95/£51.95/€55.95

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Autobiographies




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There Are Worse Things I Could Do


Description: Adrienne Barbeau never set out to be a sex symbol and she never intended to become the poster girl for women over 50 having babies, but both those stories and a lot more are detailed in this witty, revealing memoir of the Tony-nominated actress. This book covers Adrienne's early years in New York ("No one said Mafia out loud in those days. There was always the fear you wouldn't live to say anything else."), to starring on Broadway in Grease ("Alexander Cohen swore the only way we'd win a Tony was over his dead body"). She tells tales about her two hit television series (Maude and Carnivale), her many television and feature films (The Fog, Escape From New York, Cannonball Run, Swamp Thing, Back to School, Creepshow), her singing career ("Doc Severinson and the band had been in the audience during my nude foray off-Broadway in Stag Movie"), her romance with Burt Reynolds, her marriage to director John Carpenter, and marrying a much younger man and giving birth to twins at age 51.


Escape (Pages: 183-190)

Writer: Adrienne Barbeau
Publisher: booksBnimble
Pages: 330
Release Date: June 21, 2017


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Ernie: The Autobiography

Description: We wept at his Oscar-winning role in Marty... we gasped when he took on Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity... we were riveted by his compelling performances in The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Ice Station Zebra... and we laughed at his television sitcom McHale's Navy. We loved all of Ernest Borgnine's many portrayals, but what did we know about the man behind the famous roles? Now for the first time, he tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life in this witty, candid, and revealing memoir.

For more than fifty years, Ernest -- or "Ernie" as he's known to his friends -- has been one of the most recognized, celebrated stars in Hollywood as well as a respected, talented actor, and a living legend. Stretching from his childhood as the son of Italian immigrants to a spectacular career that is still thriving in his 91st year, from the early days of live TV to the voiceovers for The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants, Ernie tells of the trials and tribulations on his road to fame, the friendships he shared with some of the silver screen's biggest stars, and the glamorous leading ladies he loved.

Acclaimed for his ability to play sensitive and tough-guy roles equally well, he was also famous for squaring off against some of Hollywood's most formidable actresses -- including Bette Davis in A Catered Affair and Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar. Recalling his experiences starring in classic movies such as The Poseidon Adventure, The Wild Bunch, and Escape From New York, he reveals personal insights and irresistible stories about cinema's greatest icons -- including Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Janet Leigh, Raquel Welch, Gene Hackman, Rock Hudson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd, Glenn Ford, and Burt Lancaster. And with characteristic frankness, he also talks about his off-screen loves and passions.

Writer
: Ernest Borgnine
Publisher: Citadel Press
Pages: 272
Release Date: July 18, 2009

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