THE PLOT THUS FAR
The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Assault on Precinct 13” is about a new cop named Bishop who is put in charge of a transferring L.A. police precinct – number thirteen. As equipment is carried out of the building and last-minute closings are made, far away a bus load of convicts, including notorious murderer Wilson, decide to stop at Precinct 13 due to the fact that one of the criminals seems to be coming down with a harsh cough. And downtown, a young girl is shot by a ruthless gang member. Her father shoots the killer, and then flees to precinct thirteen, hunted by the gang members, who eventually begin to siege the precinct in a suicide raid. Trapped with two killers, a few cops and a jail warden, Bishop and company try to think of a way out of the place without getting shot by the vicious gang outside.
Carpenter did a great service by making the protagonists of the piece silent. They never utter a word. They have nothing in common, hailing from all races. We have no motivation for their actions and thankfully we’re spared weak, and frankly pointless, excuses. Instead their blank faced determinism, and the manner in which they mete out death, lends them a horrific cold bloodedness that is far more memorable than typical thriller character building. There’s not so much a sense of palpable evil but a much more terrifying sense of complete inhumanity.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentaries, interviews, trailers and TV spots. You also get a stellar DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track and the original mono mix. The 1080p transfer is pretty good, but it’s identical to the 2008 Blu-Ray. Still, this is quite the cult classic to have in your collection. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/19/2013