Tuesday, January 17, 2006

DEATH RACE 2000

DEATH RACE 2000 (1975) is one of producer Roger Corman's most legendary movies, a sci-fi satire packed with great, high speed automotive action, crazy-cool custom cars, black humor and a great cast.

Directed by Paul Bartel (EATING RAOUL) and based on a short story by Ib Melchior (ANGRY RED PLANET), DEATH RACE portrays a futuristic year 2000 (that is so weird to type in 2006) where a totalitarian American government keeps the masses pacified with an annual transcontinental car race, a race where flamboyant drivers score points by running down pedestrians. David Carradine (KILL BILL, CIRCLE OF IRON) is Frankenstein, the world champion driver. Other racers are portrayed by a young Sylvester Stallone, Martin Kove (STEELE JUSTICE) and lovely cult actress Mary Woronov.

The new disc from Buena Vista uses the same source print as the previous New Horizons disc, but is now properly matted and presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. And while the print appears to be identical, with some scattered scratches and minor debris, the transfer is much improved: sharper with richer colors. Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.

The disc includes an audio commentary with Corman and Woronov, the original theatrical trailer, and another short documentary. As Paul Bartel has sadly passed away, Corman dominates the doc, accompanied by interviews with Woronov and Martin Kove. Too bad Carradine and Stallone didn't show up, but maybe they were busy.

A marked improvement over the previous DVD release, DEATH RACE 2000 should be in every cult movie fan's library, and this is the edition to buy.

BUY: Death Race 2000 - Special Edition