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Blood on the Flat Track

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Taking us through the early days of the fledgling league, Blood On The Flat Track tells the story of the resurgence of roller derby in the U.S. and Seattle's own DIY league, The Rat City Rollergirls. The league is populated by 80+ players who are known to the world almost exclusively by their clever sobriquets. Explosive trackside action punctuates the conversation with many of the fan favorites, including Miss Fortune, Basket Casey, Shovey Chase, Burnett Down, Betty Ford Galaxy, and Dirty Little Secret.


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  • Actors: The Roller Girls
  • Directors: Lainy Bagwell, Lacey Leavitt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VN8C0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood on the Flat Track" on IMDb

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Page on February 24, 2010
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I'm fresh meat on a league in AZ. I find that roller derby has consumed me until it's what I want to eat, breathe, and live. Yet even as I go to practices, skate, and watch bouts it's not enough for me. I want MORE roller derby. More, More More, More. I want to read about it, see it, train for it, cross train for it, market it, talk about it, hear about it, learn about it, and watch it. If you have been afflicted with a roller derby addiction like me you will love this documentary. It shows the girls, the drama, the cameraderie, the physicality, the insanity, the frustration, the time commitment, and the joy of this sport. Regardless of what you think of their style of rough skating, it's compelling to watch. Plus as a newbie it inspires me to want to train harder, skate against them, and give those girls some blocks of my own. If you love derby or are thinking about doing derby, this is the movie that I think best conveys the passion people feel for this sport.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Reel on November 30, 2009
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This is a great documentary of a critical and formative peice of the Women's Flat Track derby revolution. This film honestly and accurately gets to a lot of the core of why this is the fastest growing sport in the United States: Why it is more of a social movement than a sport and what it really involves. Ignore the packaging, or take it as camp. This film has some great derby footage and information and gives modern flat-track derby the respect it deserves. This film attempts, about as well as a documentary can, short of a full top-level live bout, of conveying the speed, power, sheer athleticism, emotion, and skill of modern women's flat-track derby. The film also does not shy away from the emotional and social aspects of flat-track derby and refuses to get hooked into the superficial [and usually sexist] "marketing" of derby that still haunts the sport. This is the film that cuts through the hype and gets to the truth, as all good documentaries do. Besides, the Rat city story, as is the KC [first national champions], and the Austin [inventors of the modern flat-track game] stories, is a great story in and of itself and thank god, someone documented it [with all due respect and full kudos to [...] TV for their part in documenting the Puget Sound flat-track phenomenon].
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rhias K. Hall on November 21, 2009
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Despite the hideous 70's era porn packaging, Blood on the Flat Track is a fun documentary about the Seattle Roller Derby scene. It is a movie about dedication, athleticism, and the inspirational can-do attitude of a group of talented hard-working women.

It is unfortunate that it is being described as a "sexy" documentary, because selling it that way does a huge disservice to the film and to the women depicted in it.

Modern roller derby is the only sport I can think of where the athletes themselves make the decisions, book and run the events, and compete in them. It is a real shame that people think the only way to market kick-ass women is by showing them flashing their panties on the box cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 1drwoman on November 26, 2011
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It's a great account of where derby started and how it has been revived with different tracks and different rules, etc. Really great video.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kara Whiplash on July 8, 2010
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I got a deal on this movie, so purchased it instead of downloading it. I've been on roller derby leagues for a while, but am with a brand new league now. The advice given in this documentary by Rat City is very helpful for leagues, I would advise watching a few times and sharing it with your teammates, which is why it was handy that I bought it. Another audience for this film would be people just wanting to learn about derby, and this is a good, fast-moving, short explaination about modern derby.
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By Dave on June 14, 2010
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The Rat City Rollergirls have become the most popular league in modern roller derby!. It's a fact! They just sold out their Season 6 Championship bout at Key Arena in Seattle (6885 fans!). This was a modern record only to be topped at Madison Square Gardens over 30 years ago! This film accurately depicts the awesome ladies of this league and the leagues formation, which has become a typical story for more recent leagues to follow. It all started at a small rink in White Center (Rat City) West Seattle and the attraction quickly became too big for the venue. The league moved into a large old aircraft hangar which was very urban and rogue and a perfect atmosphere for the cro-magnon version of the league. Our gals have worked so hard to make this a more recognized sport and have succeeded amazingly! This video is a must-have for a derby lover! I know these gals personally and this is them showing their true colors!

If you have something against pretty girls on rollerskates in short skirts and fishnets, you may be offended...just sayin. If so, keep on moving. If not??? Get yourself a 6-pack of PBR and watch some killer derby take place! Go Rat City!
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The sport of women's Roller Derby has made an impressive comeback and now the Women's Flat Track Derby Association boasts in more than 30 leagues nationwide. Blood on the Flat Track focuses mainly on the evolution of Seattle's Rat City Rollergirls Roller Derby team, from their inception in 2004 until the making of the film in 2006.

Following the Rat City Rollergirls through their first two seasons in the league as the women struggle to define themselves as a team and win the championship. This tough group of women succeeds as a team despite personality conflicts and relationship challenges.

Producer/directors Lainy Bagwell and Lacey Leavitt have created a wonderful microcosm of the Women's Flat Track derby revolution in the US. This fantastic piece of history illustrates why Roller Derby is one of the fastest growing sports in North America.

Featuring frank conversations with Derby favorites Miss Fortune, Basket Casey, Shovey Chase, Burnett Down, Betty Ford Galaxy, and Dirty Little Secret on the nature and love of the Roller Derby sport.

Chris Alderson
Author of the 2013 Lesbian Film Guide
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