Escape from L.A. turned 25 this year, though the new restoration will have to miss the big anniversary. Paramount will release a new 4K disc early next year. That's all the more surprising considering its beloved predecessor (Escape from New York) has yet to debut on the format in the U.S.
The sequel debuted in Summer 1996 to mixed reviews. Critics didn't dig the film's goofiness, which included awesome/ridiculous scenes like Snake (Kurt Russell) shooting hoops to save his life or chasing Steve Buscemi on a surfboard. But the film gained a cult following, with fans who appreciated the somewhat prescient satire and didn't mind the terrible special effects.
While the film will look better than ever, those adoring fans may want to hold onto the "Collector's Edition" Blu-ray that Shout! Factory released last year. This new edition will only contain the film's original trailer.
Paramount will release Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD on February 22.