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Death Sport / Battle Truck (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)

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A Double Feature Of Future Mayhem!

Battletruck: After the Oil Wars, gasoline has become a precious commodity. On his marauding search to commandeer all of the oil in existence to feed his massive, heavily armored battletruck, Colonel Straker (James Wainwright) ravages a peaceful commune. A mysterious man on a motorcycle (Michael Beck, The Warriors) comes to the aid of these peaceful people to help protect them and take down Straker, with the help of his runaway daughter. Also released under the alternate title Warlords Of The Twenty-First Century, BattleTruck costars Bruno Lawrence ( The Quiet Earth), Annie McEnroe ( Beetle Juice, Wall Street) and John Ratzenberger ( Cheers, Toy Story). The films cinematographer, Chris Menges, went on to shoot The Killing Fields, The Mission and The Reader.

Deathsport: One thousand years into the future, following the Great Neutron Wars, the world is divided into desert wastes and isolated city-states. Lord Zirpola captures the notorious Desert Ranger Kaz (David Carradine) to fight to the death in his game, Deathsport. Now Kaz must face his past and fight to save himself and his city from the war that Lord Zirpola is about to wage. Costarring with Carradine is beautiful B-movie starlet Claudia Jennings (Great Texas Dynamite Chase, Gator Bait), Jesse Vint (Forbidden World, Macon County Line) and Richard Lynch (The Sword And The Sorcerer, Bad Dreams).

DEATHSPORT Bonus Features:

* Audio Commentary With Codirector Allan Arkush and Editor Larry Bock

* Original Theatrical Trailers

* Still Gallery

* Trailer and TV Spots

BATTLETRUCK Bonus Features:

* Audio Commentray With Director Harley Cokliss

* Trailers

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: David Carradine, John Ratzenberger, Michael Beck, William Smithers
  • Directors: Allan Arkush
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038SUBF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Sport / Battle Truck (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)" on IMDb

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
After the Great Neutron Wars, David Carradine stars as Kaz Oshay, leader of the nomadic Range Guides, sworn enemies of the Statemen, who live in bubble cities and ride boxy motorcycles. Technocrat Lord Zirpola gets jiggy wit 'brain disease', Claudia Jennings is fetching, the shambling mutants have ping-pong ball eyes. This is a GREAT movie, directed by Allan Arkush (ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL). It has some of the most quotable dialog since the Bible, and can be enjoyed over and over again, with no dissipation in quality. Jerry Garcia contributed a guitar solo, and the film also inspired a song by malty rockers the Lord Weird Slough Feg.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bill W. Dalton on February 15, 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD lacks all but the bare essentials as far as special features go. There's a scene index, some trailers, mini-biographies, and the movie, and that's it. The Roger Corman interview by film critic "Lenard" (sic) Maltin is listed on the case, but it is absent on the disk! Even the Corman data booklet is missing, although it too is listed on the case. I guess they just ran out of'em,
The movie itself has all the bare essentials--a bare Claudia Jennings (Playboy Playmate, Nov. `69) and a bare Valerie Rae Clark (Penthouse Pet, May `77.) Their nude scenes in Lord Zirpola's torture chamber are about all that make this film worth its price. And Claudia Jennings alone would be worth it. Her career was cut short when she died in an auto accident in 1979, at age 29.
David McLean plays the evil Lord Zirpola, in what was evidently his last movie role. He's best remembered by most as the unfortunate Marlboro Man, but I remember him for his short-lived 1960 TV series "Tate" in which he played a one-armed gunfighter!
David Carradine plays Kaz Oshay, a "Range Guide," a wanderer in the wilderness, in what is basically the same role he's played many times before and after, that of a rebel outcast fighting what little structured society there is left in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Richard Lynch is Zirpola's henchman Ankar Moor, a Range Guide, once good, but now gone bad, who serves the oppressive, corrupt city-state of Helix. Sound familiar? Everything about this movie is familiar. Except the dialog, which is ludicrous, particularly the Range Guide mantra chant. And in the escape scene Carradine says to the others "We'll fire together, one at a time!" Good trick!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nial Westwood on June 16, 2004
Format: DVD
Entertaining cheerful low budget crap, that is strangely less dated than the bile of sword & sorcery films that came in the next decade.
Looking at this film now it is basically an adult version of Battlestar Gallatica, with violence and female nudity
David Carradine sleepwalks through this and he is still superb.
However this not in the same league as the brilliant satire DeathRace 2000. Still it's fun to see films like this, that would
not have a pray of being made in this day and age.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on October 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Yes my friends, it's time to review yet another one of Roger Corman's Comedy Classics. The 1978 film "Deathsport" arose from two significant incidents. One, the box office success of George Lucas's "Star Wars" virtually ensured that Corman would attempt to capitalize on that film's success. Two, Rog needed product to follow up on his "Death Race 2000" flick. Retaining the services of David Carradine and throwing in sound effects lifted directly from "Star Wars," Corman must have thought "Deathsport" would rake in millions. There's just one problem, however. "Deathsport" is an awful film. It's poorly scripted, cheesily acted, suffers from cheap production sets and lousy props, and generally runs about seventy-five minutes longer than its eighty-two minute runtime requires. I've seen many Roger Corman films thanks to the miracle of DVD technology, and have even enjoyed more than a few of them. For instance, I think "Humanoids From the Deep" is a massively entertaining movie. But "Deathsport" is in a category all its own. It's easily one of Corman's worst efforts. If you're familiar with his particular brand of low-grade sludge, you know that's saying a lot. When he misses, he misses big time. "Deathsport" is a huge miss.

The opening scenes of the film tell us that what we are about to see takes place in the future, 1000 years after an event called the Neutron Wars decimated humanity. Umm, o.k. Why not? It could happen. Then we see Carradine loping through rugged landscape clad in a cloak, a loincloth, and a few stock post-apocalyptic accoutrements. He's Kaz Oshay, a member of a rabidly individualistic sect possessing mental abilities and a tendency to speak dialogue that sounds like it came from a box of fortune cookies called the Range Guides.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Critic on August 11, 2010
Format: DVD
Shout factory states that they had to splice various elements of the TV version and the theatrical version of "Deathsport" together to present it for this double feature DVD. The widescreen transfer is riddled with speckling, debris and some very noticeable grain and green lines that definitely detract from the viewing experience; at least it did for me. Included in the special features is audio commentary, still gallery, trailers and TV spots.

Welcome to the gladiator ring and the "Deathsport" Do you have what it takes to survive Lord Zirpola's death machines and the Deathsport? In the post-apocalyptic future Lord Zirpola captures desert rangers to participate in his barbaric ring of death. Legendary B movie king Roger Corman and Shout Factory present us with this low budget poorly acted and very boring movie, but all is not lost.

There are a few things that saved this movie for me like the fiery crashes, motorcycle stunts, David Carradine and the Beautiful Claudia Jennings. Once again Carradine goes Kung Fu and Sword crazy and Claudia Jennings takes it all off in some very wild and erotic torture scenes. Veteran bad guy Richard Lynch is at his best once again as the villain, he's great in these roles.

BATTLETRUCK/ Warlords of the Twenty-First Century

Shout Factory has presented this film in full screen format and it's definitely the better looking film in regards to picture & sound quality. The video transfer is much cleaner than Deathsport even though it contains some minor speckling here and there. There isn't much in the way of special features for "BATTLETRUCK" It has an audio commentary and a still Gallery, that's it.
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