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Death Race 2000 (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray] (1975)

David Carradine , Sylvester Stallone , Paul Bartel  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov, Simone Griffeth
  • Directors: Paul Bartel
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039BEEWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Race 2000 (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editors Choice Award. The fast-paced Roger Corman sci-fi cult hit arrives in style. … If you're a Death Race 2000 fan, buying this Blu-ray should be a priority --IGN, June 16, 2010

Product Description

From the man who introduced us to Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese . . . Shout! Factory is proud to present a new collectors series of Roger Corman s most loved productions.


Welcome to the year 2000, now a place plagued by a lack of morals and political unrest. The only thing that society looks forward to is the three-day Transcontinental Death Race, a high-speed competition that is won by the driver who collects the most points by killing spectators and pedestrians. But this year the drivers have something to worry about other than getting killed by rival contestants: there is a group of anti-race activists trying to stop the race for good. The games all-time champion, Frankenstein (David Carradine), takes on such colorful characters as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), Calamity Jane (Mary Woronov), Nero The Hero (Martin Kove) and Matilda The Hun (Roberta Collins) in this dark comedy-science fiction classic directed by Paul Bartel ( Eating Raoul). ?

Bonus Features:

* New Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) High-Definition Transfer From The Interpositive Film Element

* David On Death Race: Interview with David Carradine

* Audio Commentary With Roger Corman & Mary Woronov

* New Audio Commentary With Assistant Director Lewis Teague And Editor Tina Hirsh

* Playing The Game: Looking Back at Death Race 2000

* Ready To Wear: Interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm

* Designing Dystopia A detailed look at the design of the films now-legendary race cars, costumes and futuristic landscapes with members of the production, design and costume crew

* Start Your Engines: Interview with author Ib Melchior

* Killer Score: An all-new interview with composer Paul Chihara on the creation of the films eclectic score

* Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman About Death Race 2000

* Theatrical Trailer

* Theatrical Trailer With Commentary By John Landis

* TV And Radio spots

* 12-Page Booklet

* New World Trailers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
So these are the words of Calamity Jane, a contender in Roger Corman's low budget farce, "Death Race 2000." It is interesting that Amazon paired Corman's film with Norman Jewison's "Rollerball" and for good reason: one movie is pure satire and played strictly for laughs while the latter is a far more serious and somber commentary on the media, America's love affair with violence steeped in what we call "sport," and the cult of celebrity. Both films explore these themes quite differently, yet both are entertaining as they are disturbing.

As a black comedy, "Death Race 2000" is more or less a cheaply made exploitation flick (budgeted at approximately $300,000), that never pretends for an instant to be anything more than a satire of the future and a parody of "Rollerball"--a far more ambitious, absorbing and expensive film.

Corman's film depicts a "game"--the Transcontinental Death Race--designed to cater to society's need to channel its aggression and hostile impulses as sort of a 21st century equivalent of the Roman circus offering spectators both entertainment and a catharsis in its more manic and kinetic moments.

Yes, the film is crazy--from the attack on Frankenstein by the French Air Force to Thomasina Paine (hilarious!) and her revolutionaries' thwarted attempts to assassinate "Mr. President" and end the Transcontinental Death Race once and for all. While the special effects in Corman's film are decidedly low-rent, save for some interesting matte paintings injected at the beginning of the film, the cars themselves, customized by car designer James Powers, are both creative and imaginative. The film, for the most part is amusing and very funny. The "Real Don Steele" is terrific as the commentator with one-liners that will leave you laughing.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Hey, what more can I add that hasn't already been said? When this first came out in lurid color on the Big Screen I loved it. And I love it today after watching it a hundred times. Carnivorous cars driven by caracature cowgals and gangsters, nazis with names like "Mathilda the Hun" and "Herman the German", and a mysterious champion named Frankenstein whose oft-rebuilt face is always masked, not to mention the Resistance, the French Air Force, and all the other "dear friends". Just don't get to like any of them too much. If you've never seen this sick, hilarious parody, get it now. Mr. President will love you for it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen is Matted from Full Frame July 17, 2010
Format:DVD
I was glad to get a copy of this today and was hoping for an improvement over my DMI Full Frame Copy. However, it appears this is another case where marketing has misslead the public once again. The Film was clearly shot in Full Screen and this 1:85 transfer is matted down, cropping out much of the top & bottom of the image. When Frankenstein Talks to Myra, you nolonger get to see her boobs as they are now out of frame. This scene was a memorable shot in the full screen version and those who chose the framing of the matting did us no favors here. I am a bit disappointed by this issue....

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The Image is a vast improvement, I just wish we had been given all of it. The sound is a slight upgrade but still 2.0 mono. I would still recomend a purchase if you are interested in this title but just be aware you are not getting a true widescreen film and are missing out on some great bits that are now cut out in this print. If you have the old Full Screen release of this DVD, you may want to keep it as this new DVD does not make it obsolete.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WIDESCREEN AT LAST! December 14, 2005
Format:DVD
Finally, fans of Death Race 2000 can enjoy this satirical film in the original widescreen format (1.78:1). My compliments to Buena Vista Entertainment for making the effort to release this film in the format that originally graced theaters and drive-ins in 1975. Not only do the pulse-pounding car race scenes benefit from this, but also the "cramped" dialogue sequences between Annie & Frankenstein are loosened up. Paul Bartel's great direction - not to mention the 2nd unit direction of the race sequences - is really on display here: no longer hacked up in a full-frame format, it's really quite a slick picture. The widescreen presentation really pays off in the flick when the 5 racers initally split up (at about the 10:40 mark) and especially in Calamity Jane's bloodthirsty pursuit of Matilda the Hun (after Matilda's scoring of Jane's navigator). Of course, the explosions benefit immensely as well.

The 10-minute featurette with Roger Corman, Mary Woronov, Martin Kove, and writer Charles Griffith are enlightening, especially Kove's description of his effeminate depiction of Nero the Hero. What is obviously missing, though, are comments from Sylvester Stallone & David Carradine. I'd also have loved to have Roberta Collins' & Fred Grandy's take on the film (odds of that are no better than a snowball's chance in h***, but one can dream can't he?).

I recommend getting this DVD (the Special Edition, released 12-13-05) before it disappears. I have a feeling this may be the best edition we'll see of Death Race 2000 in the DVD format. Enjoy it for what it is - biting satire that could have only been made in the 70's exploitation film days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Vive la France!
The idea is better than the execution. It's a low-low budget movie that can't escape its slipshod script, the lame attempt to appear futuristic with clothes that clearly indicate... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like camp
What a fun movie. It reminds me still of a slew of Dick Dastardly wannabes on parade. It is dated, irreverent and just plain silly.
Published 21 days ago by mahere
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school fun
Fun old school B-movie. Picture quality was decent for an older picture. Funny to see a young Stallone in this.
Published 26 days ago by Steven J Ferran
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Classic
This is an old cult classic of which has totally nothing to do with the newer version under the same name.
Published 28 days ago by Peter Greenhalgh
1.0 out of 5 stars Too gory
Not my kind of movies with killing babies, women, did not like it at all. Taking lives and scoring points for killing babies and women and every day average people is sick.
Published 1 month ago by Eldon W. Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great campy "futurism"
This is a fun, dumb racing movie set in a dystopian future.
Fatalities equal points for racers. David Carradine is awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Gilda Viola Books
1.0 out of 5 stars not like I expected
I thought it was way different back then but not worth the money. Maybe half the price. Definitely not like the movies know days.
Published 2 months ago by Gary McClintock
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy fun
Acting's so-so, some star power from folks that weren't yet stars, goofy premise. Not going to win any awards for anything, but it is a fun movie to watch.
Published 2 months ago by Philipp M. Patch
5.0 out of 5 stars a true 70s classic
one of my favorite satires. Stallone and Carradine really sell this movie. a lot of great laughs and interesting social commentary.
Published 3 months ago by j_benj
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie
I like the newer version that is coming out based on this film. I enjoy the Fast and Furious type of movies like this.
Published 3 months ago by Vytautas Baronas Leita
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