ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13(1976) Available 19th November on Shout Factory Blu-ray.


¬†Cops, secretaries, and prisoners stuck in a soon-to-be-shuttered L.A. police station fight off a horde of murderous gang members in director John Carpenter’s homage to Howard Hawks. When police officer Bishop (Austin Stoker) is left in charge of Precinct 13 on the last day it’s open, he isn’t prepared for the onslaught of a murderous street gang who have come into the possession of an enormous arsenal of guns. Finding himself trapped in the precinct with a pair of secretaries (Laurie Zimmer and Nancy Loomis), a few civilians and a handful of prisoners, Bishop is unable to call for help because the phones have already been disconnected and the precinct is in a run-down, out-of-the-way neighborhood. Holding out for a rescue, he and his fellow prisoners band together to barricade themselves in and hold the bandits at bay. But as the casualties mount and the supplies run low, they must choose between a daring escape attempt, a fiery offensive, or certain death. The sophomore feature from auteur-in-the-making John Carpenter, Assault on Precinct 13 reunited the director with Douglas H. Knapp, his cinematographer on 1974’s Dark Star.


Extras:Commentary by John Carpenter/Commentary by Sound Effects Editor Tommy Lee Wallace / Isolated Score/ Interview (January 2002) with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker (23:08) / Bishop Under Siege with Austin Stoker (7:48) / The Sassy One with Nancy Loomis (12:43) / Original Theatrical Trailer (2:03) / Radio Spots (1:03) / Stills Gallery