Roller Derby Chronicles
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ROLLER DERBY CHRONICLES is a fabulous three-DVD set that pays tribute to the best intentions of the family that pioneered the sport. The festivities commence on disc one with a nearly hour-long documentary about the founders and some of the great skaters who graced the league during its heyday. Then, the acclaimed documentary DERBY (1970) follows in its entirety. DERBY actually crossed over to the theatrical arthouse circuit back in the day, and is still treasured by fans for its depiction of the Roller Derby world circa 1969/1970.
The other two DVDs offer a variety of games spanning the modern age of the sport, 1952-1977. It should be noted that virtually no game films survive from the 1964-1972 era, so that particular period isn't represented here (other than the 1969/70 game footage in the documentary DERBY). The overall visual quality is excellent, given the vintage of these games. Many of Roller Derby's greatest stars are on display throughout. Also included is the second half of a Canadian game from 1974, which provides a nice showcase for the Derby's primary competition, another league that called itself Roller Games.
Whether you're still an active fan, or just nostalgic for the days when Roller Derby ruled the airwaves, this three-DVD set wonderfully brings the era back to life.
This documentary is excellent. It interviews Jerry Seltzer who explains why Derby folded in 1973. It also interviews several original skaters from that era. Last but not least, it has several Derby games to enjoy. I could not be happier with this film. I bought it through Amazon and had it in my hands in about 3 days.
If you are a Roller Derby fan you probably already have this dvd. If not GET IT!!!
To become a Roller Derby skater one had to train under a professional skater in the Roller Derby Training School held for about 5 hours daily on weekdays. Skaters learned how to fall properly, how to get up and continue skating after falling, how to block properly, how to whip and other nuances that made the Roller Derby what it was. Endurance was acquired by skaters lined up single file and skating paces around the track, non-stop, at 3/4 speed for one half hour or longer, often led by one of the coaches, who could have been Mike Gammon or Buddy Atkinson Jr.
In the 1950's the skates had wooden wheels. The banked track was covered with a coating of green resin-like paint which added traction and helped the wooden wheels hold the track at high speed.Read more ›
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Loved this a lot.3 DVD's of Roller Derby greatness.A must have...Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the actual Documentry and the Movie Derby,which was my main reason for the purchase.The reprint of Frank DeFord's Sports Illustrated story was a great touch. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chucker D
Don't get me wrong, I saw the world premiere and love it. But, I can't play one dvd at all. Bummer.Published 13 months ago by Humberto J. Vasquez
A very interesting collection. It is hard to find much material on the roller game as we used to call it in Australia. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael O'Connor
Watching it right now! As a young man, I saw a lot of matches on cable TV. This dvd set is a treasure trove! What a trip down memory lane! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Albert L Stashin
I really enjoyed the documentary, and thought I would be more interested in all of the matches on the other discs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by President Nixon