According to DVD File ( http://www.dvdfile.com/software/dvd-....html#10162001
) the upcoming Escape From New York Special Edition DVD is being re-edited and censored to remove all references to terrorists hijacking the president's plane and smashing it into a skyscraper. The worst thing is, MGM won't let Carpenter comment on this omission/change on the DVD, or allow him to prevent its release b/c MGM has the sole rights to the film.
This is insane! I nearly went ballistic a few weeks ago when I heard that a Simpsons episode featuring the Twin Towers was going to be pulled from syndication, and now this! They should not be allowed to edit a classic in this way. If they are concerned about releasing the film in the current phase we are all going through, they should just postpone the release as opposed to actually going out and inserting scenes unauthorized by Carpenter, in addition to removing key elements to one of the film's subplots. Is there anyone else that thinks this is ridiculous? If so, let's get a letter campaign started on MGM to stop them in their tracks. We did it with Willy Wonka, and we can do it here too.