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John Carpenter

From film buff to film student to filmmaker, John made his film debut with the 1974 sci-fi comedy “Dark Star”. His career, however, didn’t move into high gear until he directed the horror flick “Halloween” (1978). Other notable films include, “Elvis” (1979), “Escape From New York” (1981),”The Thing” (1982), “Starman” (1984), “Big Trouble In Little China” (1986), “They Live” (1988), “Memoirs Of An Invisible Man” (1992) & “Escape From L.A.” (1996)

John Carpenter Fact File:

Birth Name: John Howard Carpenter

Date Of Birth: 16th January 1948

Place Of Birth: Cathage, New York, USA

Spouses: Sandy King(1990-Today), Adrienne Barbeau(1979-84)

Directorial Film Debut: “Dark Star” (1974)

John Carpenter

Films Directed by John Carpenter on DVD:

Assault On Precinct 13 [DVD](1976) DVD
Gem of low-budget action filmmaking from John Carpenter takes the western classic "Rio Bravo" and moves it to modern-day L.A., where an almost-abandoned police station is under siege from gun-toting street gangs. Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Nancy Loomis star. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary by Carpenter; interview; storyboards; photo gallery; poster gallery; radio spots; theatrical trailer.

They Live [DVD](1988) DVD
Not only do they live, but they also run our society, control our businesses and keep ordinary working stiffs like you and me docile through subliminal messages. Only drifter Roddy Piper has uncovered a way to see them as they are and learn their sinister purposes. Offbeat sci-fi allegory from scaremeister John Carpenter co-stars Meg Foster, Keith David. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: French, Spanish.

Starman [DVD](1984) DVD
John Carpenter's sci-fi romance stars Jeff Bridges as an alien who lands on Earth and assumes the form of a dead man, only to fall in love with "his" wife (Karen Allen). Together the two must elude the Army and government officials in order to return Bridges to his people. With Richard Jaeckel, Charles Martin Smith. 115 min. Widescreen and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Surround, French, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; trailers.

The Thing [DVD](1982) DVD
John Carpenter's jolting remake of the '50s classic centers on a team of snowbound scientists in Antarctica who are besieged by a vicious, shaped-shifting alien organism. Incredible special effects, Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley star. 107 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English 5.1, French; audio commentary by Carpenter and Russell; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Dark Star [DVD](1972) DVD
This quirky tale of "Californians in Space" was the senior project for film students John Carpenter ("Halloween") and Dan O'Bannon ("Alien"). A ship equipped to blow up unstable planets with talking bombs is nearing the end of its mission, but the crew's nerves have been stretched to the limit. Stars O'Bannon, Dre Pahich. Includes the director's cut and original theatrical version. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; biographies; interactive menus; scene access; theatrical trailer.

Escape From L.A. [DVD](1996) DVD
One-eyed anti-hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) returns in director John Carpenter's slam-bang sequel to "Escape from New York." In the totalitarian America of 2013, captured fugitive Russell is sent into the quake-damaged island prison of Los Angeles to retrieve a stolen "doomsday device" from anti-government rebels. With Steve Buscemi, George Corraface, Pam Grier, Cliff Robertson. 101 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English 5.1, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Big Trouble In Little China [DVD](1986) DVD
Furiously offbeat, lightning-paced adventure by John Carpenter, blending action, horror, comedy and martial arts, about a ragtag group of heroes out to rescue a kidnapped girl from a 2,000-year-old magician in San Francisco's Chinatown. Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Dennis Dun star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 4.0, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary by Carpenter; theatrical trailer; scene access; interactive menus.

Memoirs Of An Invisible Man [DVD](1992) DVD
Exciting and funny comic-thriller, with Chevy Chase as a Wall Street analyst who is turned invisible in a freak accident, then dodges the CIA, who wants to recruit him as a spy. He finds help and romance with a sexy filmmaker, played by Daryl Hannah. Co-starring Sam Neill, Michael McKean. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Subtitles: English; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.

Halloween: 25th Anniversary Edition [DVD](1978) DVD
John Carpenter's groundbreaking shocker that opened the floodgates for hundreds of (mostly inferior) imitators stills packs a scare-raising punch. Fifteen years after being placed in an asylum for killing his sister on Halloween, maniacal Michael Myers escapes and returns to his hometown in search of new victims. Jamie Lee Curtis (her film debut), Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis and P.J. Soles star. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary by Carpenter, Curtis; documentary; featurette; biographies; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer; TV spots; DVD-ROM content. Two-disc set.

Escape From New York: Special Edition [DVD](1981) DVD
1997: New York City has become a walled-off maximum security prison for the nation's most violent criminals. When the president's plane crashes inside Gotham, a tough ex-con (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to rescue him...or die trying. John Carpenter's action classic also stars Donald Pleasence, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine and Isaac Hayes. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary by Carpenter, Russell, others; deleted scene; featurette; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; more.


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