Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Blu-ray)
Interstellar (Blu-ray)
Fast & Furious 1-6 Collection (Blu-ray)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (Blu-ray)
The Book of Life (Blu-ray)
Thunderbirds: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Blu-ray)
Defiance: Season One (Blu-ray)
Whiplash (Blu-ray)
Duck, You Sucker (Blu-ray)
Little House on the Prairie: Season Five (Blu-ray)
Predestination (Blu-ray)
Manage your own movie collection and always keep it with you with our Apps. Price track movies and get price drop notifications instantly. Become a member to take full advantage of all site features.


 Best deals
 New deals
 Lowest prices
 New price drops
 New lowest prices
 Big price drops


 New reviews
 Browse reviews
 Search reviews


 Release calendar
 Now available
 New releases
 Coming soon
 Recently listed
 New pre-orders
 New covers

Top lists

 Top movies
 Top collected
 Top Blu-ray
 Top sellers
 Top pre-orders


 Search movies
 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray box sets
 TV on Blu-ray
 3D movies


 Latest reviews
 Top reviewers
 Top contributors

By genre

 Action (40167)
 Adventure (30887)
 Animation (9258)
 Anime (5135)
 Biography (4274)
 Comedy (29828)
 Comic book (5722)
 Coming of age (2018)
 Crime (20772)
 Dark humor (4206)
 Documentary (5289)
 Drama (48331)
 Epic (5783)
 Erotic (1241)
 Family (12942)
 Fantasy (17718)
 Film-Noir (1307)
 Foreign (6899)
 Heist (1798)
 History (6264)
 Holiday (1308)
 Horror (15208)
 Imaginary (982)
 Martial arts (3597)
 Melodrama (2628)
 Music (9328)
 Musical (4176)
 Mystery (12057)
 Nature (1882)
 Other (720)
 Period (7584)
 Psychological thriller (3449)
 Romance (17382)
 Sci-Fi (19835)
 Short (438)
 Sport (3065)
 Supernatural (4788)
 Surreal (1595)
 Teen (3539)
 Thriller (35086)
 War (6247)
 Western (2587)

By studio

 20th Century Fox
 Disney / Buena Vista
 Lionsgate Films
 New Line Cinema
 Paramount Pictures
 Sony Pictures
 Studio Canal
 Universal Studios
 Warner Bros.

 Show all studios


 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray studios

Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray

United States
Restored Collector's Edition Image Entertainment | 1976 | 91 min | Rated R | Dec 02, 2008

Assault on Precinct 13 (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.82 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Music: Dolby Digital 2.0
Note: The DD track is Mono, the...

English SDH, Spanish

25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Region A (locked)

List price: $19.98, Price history

New from: $31.99
Available from Amazon sellers

Buy Assault on Precinct 13 on Blu-ray Movie

Buy on:

Movie rating
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
Based on 7 user reviews

Movie appeal


Assault on Precinct 13


Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members.

For more about Assault on Precinct 13 and the Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray release, see Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton, Charles Cyphers
Director: John Carpenter

» See full cast & crew

Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Assault on Precinct 13 is encoded using the AVC codec, with a bitrate that averages 20 MBPS. Considering the age of the film, and it's low-budget roots, I expected a problematic transfer, and that is exactly what I witnessed in the first scene of the film. Thankfully, that is not the case throughout the feature. The opening sequence is set at night, with a camera following a group of six gang members down an alley. Detail was completely lost in the shadows, and you could see black splotches where the transfer was unable to render the various shades of black. After that initial sequence, the video quality takes a 180 degree turn, and looks incredible. Daytime scenes fair the best, with a high level of detail, excellent color saturation, and no visible artifacting or edge-enhancement. I'd expected to see more grain in a film of this age, so there may have been a touch of DNR applied to the picture, but even if that was the case, it did not create the waxy facial textures I've seen on other films that incorporated the controversial use of DNR. Night-time sequences don't look as good as their day-time counterparts, but following the initial scene they are substantially better. There's still a loss of shadow detail at night, and blacks could have been deeper. Contrast wavers from scene to scene, with some shots showing nice differentiation, and others appearing like a black sheet with only the brightest portions of the picture shining through. I don't mean to be overly harsh on the video quality, since most of the problems I'm describing are likely present in the source material, and were simply not touched up for the remastering of this film. Bottom line, if you like the film enough to own it, you will not be disappointed by the transfer, and this is probably the best this film will ever look short of a complete frame by frame remastering.

One other thing worth mentioning, is an awful scene around the 55 minute mark of the film (screenshot #12). Black levels, contrast, colors, and detail all look subpar compared to the rest of the film. Fortunately, this scene is under a minute in length, so it shouldn't detract from your overall viewing experience. Other than that scene, and the initial scene of the film, Assault on Precinct 13 on Blu-ray offers a nice upgrade over previous releases of the film.

Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

In a welcomed move, Image has upgraded the original mono track to a lossless mix in DTS-HD MA 5.1, that should please original audio purists as well as those that favor the inclusion of a surround mix. When I say both camps should be happy, I'm referring to the lossless tracks ability to add a little spacial separation without muddling with the films mono roots. I'm not the type that feels every film should be remastered to offer a surround sound audio experience, but when a remaster can add heightened intensity to the viewing experience, while still staying true to the source material (by not tampering with volume levels or using hokey tricks to inappropriately simulate surround sound), I say go for it. Such is the case with Assault on Precinct 13. Dialogue is still front heavy, but the action sequences fill the room with effects that still sound appropriately dated (and admittedly cheesy at times), but add a greater feeling of immersion in the film. Beyond the use of surrounds, detail in the track is excellent, with every gunshot exhibiting the pop that filmgoers have been unable to fully appreciate since the film's theatrical release. Carpenters trademark synthesizer music is a little bright and blaring at times, but again, I feel this is representative of what he was going for, and is accurately portrayed in the track. For those of you that still prefer the untampered original audio (which I can appreciate), Image has included the mono track in Dolby Digital 2.0. I spot checked the mono track with the lossless track, and I doubt purists will be upset with the track, though I found it to be a little bright, and somewhat less crisp than the lossless track.

Assault on Precinct 13: Other Editions


Similar titles you might also like

What is this?

Show more titles »

Similar titles suggested by members


Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray, News and Updates

Image Brings More to Blu-ray - October 6, 2008

In an early announcement to retailers, Image Entertainment has revealed that they will bring the 1976 John Carpenter film 'Assault on Precinct 13' for Blu-ray on December 2nd. Just announced by Image, the company will bring the comedy 'Ping Pong Playa' to Blu-ray ...

Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray, Forum Discussions

Topic Replies Last post
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) (

Official Thread

60 May 07, 2013
Batman: Assault on Arkham 112 Sep 10, 2014
Assault Girls - October 19th 37 Apr 15, 2011
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) 28 Jan 26, 2011

» Show more forum discussions for Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Into the Woods
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
5. Unbroken
6. Interstellar
7. Predestination
8. Whiplash
9. Exodus: Gods and Kings 3D
10. Unbroken
11. Spirited Away
12. Journey to the Center of the Earth
13. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
14. Big Hero 6
15. Night at the Museum: Secret of the ...

Trending in Theaters
1. Cinderella
2. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
3. Kingsman: The Secret Service
4. Run All Night
5. Predestination
6. Chappie
7. Paddington
8. The Gunman
9. Focus
10. Muck
11. Fifty Shades of Grey
12. Jupiter Ascending
13. Taken 3
14. It Follows
15. Wild Card
16. Vice
17. The Voices
18. Wild Tales
19. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
20. Black or White
21. Seventh Son
22. Frozen Fever
23. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
24. McFarland, USA
25. Leviathan
26. Mommy
27. The Boy Next Door
28. Mortdecai
29. Son of a Gun
30. Black Sea
31. Blackhat
32. Digging Up the Marrow
33. Deli Man
34. The Lazarus Effect
35. '71
36. Unfinished Business
37. The Salvation
38. Cymbeline
39. Tracers
40. The Duke of Burgundy

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Interstellar
2.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
3.  Big Hero 6
4.  Into the Woods
5.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
6.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
7.  Fifty Shades of Grey
8.  Unbroken
9.  Night at the Museum: Secret of the ...
10.  The Imitation Game
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  Interstellar
2.  Fifty Shades of Grey
3.  The Imitation Game
4.  American Sniper
5.  Cinderella
6.  Wild
7.  Taken 3
8.  Paddington
9.  Jupiter Ascending 3D
10.  Little House on the Prairie: Season...
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Interstellar
$19.99, Save 50%
2.  Big Hero 6
$19.99, Save 50%
3.  Into the Woods
$19.99, Save 50%
4.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
$19.99, Save 50%
5.  Night at the Museum: Secret of the ...
$15.00, Save 62%
6.  The Imitation Game
$17.95, Save 49%
7.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
$39.96, Save 50%
8.  Penguins of Madagascar
$19.99, Save 46%
9.  Whiplash
$14.99, Save 57%
10.  The Book of Life
$14.99, Save 63%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

 United States

$299.98 $98.99


 United States

$39.99 $19.99

Fast & Furious 1-6 Collection

 United States

$69.98 $39.99

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2015 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices