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Death Sport / Battle Truck (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Normally Roger Corman gets 5 stars from me. Battle Truck was awesome while Death Sport kinda left me bored.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I mean just look at that poster! That title! This over-the-top, endearingly low-budget 80s action-flick is perfect as the newest edition in your ironically bad movie collection! Read morePublished 19 months ago by GuyIncognitio
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