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poorlogic
11-02-2003, 01:23 AM
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Anchor Bay recently released Escape 2000 (also known as Blood Camp Thatcher & Turkey Shoot) totally uncut and uncensored for the first time in America! A nice little gem that combines “The Great Escape” with a bit of “The Most Dangerous Game” mixed with outrageous gore. This is a classic Sunday afternoon movie: basic plot, plenty of T&A and a cavalcade of body dismemberments.

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The story revolves around a futuristic society that removes “deviates” from society to prisoner camps where they are re-programmed through torture and manual labor. Three new prisoners are brought in just in time for a new game; they are to be let free, with 3 hours to escape the camp before being hunted down by an eclectic group of booze drinking socialites. Did I mention theres a half-man half-wolf character as well?

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I let you figure out where this one is going and focus on the gore. Wow, pretty cool stuff. Arms are blown to bits; bodies are severed by makeshift bulldozers, lot’s of arrows through vital limbs and enough explosions to make an episode of the “Fall Guy” seem like Sesame Street.

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Anchor Bay gets high praise for the transfer; the 2.35:1 anamorphic enhanced picture is simply stunning. Colors are very solid, bright and beautiful. While a few scenes do have bit of grain, overall it looks better than it actually should.

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As for the audio, Anchor Bay has provided a 5.1 Dolby Digital remix that really doesn’t offer your surround sound a great workout, but you will hear the difference in the jungle scenes, with animal sounds popping around your rear speakers. Also included is a 2.0 Dolby surround mix, not bad, but not great either. Finally, there’s an audio commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith who lets you know he isn’t too particularly proud of this film and that the budget was cut by ¼ just before shooting took place. Trenchard-Smith has a laid back approached, much like a George Romero commentary. Overall, the director offered quite a bit of information about the making of the film and is definitely worth a listen.

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As for the extras, we get a 24 minute documentary about the making of Escape 2000. It offers interviews from the cast members as they retell their experience on the set. Be sure to check out Lynda Stoner, I hope she seen a doctor about those moles on her face – yikes! The documentary lacks any interviews with Steve Railback or Olivia Hussey, which is somewhat of a disappointment considering they were the main heroines in the film. Still, Michael Craig and Roger Ward are both interesting to listen to and provide info information to warrant a single viewing. Net we have a 10 minute interview with director Brian Trenchard-Smith, which pretty much repeats what he stated in the audio commentary. Also added is alternative title sequence for Escape 2000, theatrical trailer and poster/still gallery. Also included is the original screenplay, accessible by your computer DVD player.

Overall, this is great release by Anchor Bay. If you have yet to see Escape 2000, I recommend it highly. This is a prefect Sunday afternoon film. Sit back, turn your brain off and enjoy the gore. You will never see a better transfer of this film and I was able to pick it up the DVD for $13.99.

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mcchrist
11-02-2003, 05:47 AM
Excellent review poorlogic! I've been wanting this movie for a while, the captures above look fantastic. Will pick this up soon.

DefJeff
11-02-2003, 06:33 AM
Yeah , great review. Love the screen shots.

I will definitally be checking this out.

dwatts
11-02-2003, 05:26 PM
Never heard of it - but sounds like fun. Thanks for the heads up!

One minor gripe - when doing the screenshots, could you stack them two on top of each other - rather than one long string of them?

Andrew
11-02-2003, 09:07 PM
Yeah I've been somewhat interested in this for a while too.

x666x
11-04-2003, 08:09 AM
Oh my god. I kept trying to research Blood Camp Thatcher to decide whether the foreign PAL disc would be a good by. Came up totally short with info. Thanks to your review/screenshots, I not only learned that this film is totally up my alley, but it is called Escape 2000 and is available here. I actually had the disc in my hands at a store here but didn't buy it. Now I know I definately have to buy it.

thegreeninferno
11-17-2003, 06:30 AM
I was gonna put a review on here(just picked up the disc), but you beat me...nice review too! Cinemax or Showtime used to play this like 15 years ago, the last time I'd seen it so I had to scoop it up when I saw it at Best Buy.

In the first uh...half hour, I thought...where is this originally deleted gore?
But then...there it was! Nice!

Also picked up Shock Waves, Fade to Black/Hell Night(also watched Hell Night this evening :) ), Toolbox Murders, and the Prowler(watching right now...bayonet in the head...need a voming smiley for that!).

Everyone should check out Escape 2000...its a fun time!
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shift
12-11-2003, 07:50 PM
I really did not see any fun in this movie. I liked Fortress way more.

x666x
12-12-2003, 02:49 PM
Escape 2000 is really cool. I finally got to watch it and am really impressed.

Grim
12-28-2003, 02:05 AM
This was one fun ass movie. Boobs, gore, Steve Railsback, and a prison guard that looks like a demented Super Mario, this was so up my alley.

Hellbilly
12-28-2003, 11:32 AM
Fun flick, cheezy as hell and lots of cool gore.
AB surely released a great DVD.

Good review poorlogic.

Tom Servo
12-30-2003, 05:14 PM
I just got this movie for Christmas from a friend. Now I will have to bump it up to the front of the line.

Thanks for the great review

Tom Servo
01-01-2004, 11:12 PM
I just got done watching this film and I loved it. The film was entertaining and fun to watch.

poorlogic had a great review and if you would like to check out mine it can be found here:
http://www.cinephile-reviews.com/Review_Pages/review_escape2000.html