Yesterday I headed to Best Buy to pick up the untainted Star Wars adventures on DVD. I was one of the few strong enough to hold out buying them prior, since I didn’t want the Special Edition versions. But something happened on this trip which I can’t quite explain.
I was wandering through the action section of the DVDs when one particular title stuck out from all other titles. It was this:
The 1996 Carpenter helmed Escape from L.A.
I saw this movie once, back in like 1998, and remember disliking quite terribly. It was pretty much Escape from New York again, with nothing new or smart to offer, with a ton of really bad special effects. Like the new Star Wars trilogy for example. But I digress.
So I grabbed the DVD (with the original cover art, not the cover art pictured) and looked at it for a bit. For some reason, I really wanted to watch this movie. Like, I wanted to watch it right then and there. I wanted to open the DVD and pop in one of those big screen TV displays they had, and if one of their employees rushed me to turn it off, I would have punched them in the throat and pulled their hair.
But I didn’t let it get that far. I just held it for a while longer, while reading the back of the DVD case. After a few more moments of reflection, I looked at the price sticker on the front of the case. $6.99. Man, how could I turn that down? I couldn’t and I didn’t. So I added it to my stack, with the new Black Keys album and the Star Wars trilogy (in limited edition Best Buy magic tin). My journey to Best Buy was complete.
This has happened before – seeing a movie I didn’t really like before, on a DVD shelf at a super low price, then finding myself purchasing it. And usually, after this, I end up liking it. I haven’t watched Escape from LA since I purchased it, but I will today. And I am wondering if I will find some guilty pleasure enjoyment out of watching it again all these years later. How can someone not like this?