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Death Race 2000 [Blu-ray] [1975] [US Import]

David Carradine , Sylvester Stallone , Paul Bartel    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov, Roberta Collins
  • Directors: Paul Bartel
  • Writers: Charles B. Griffith, Ib Melchior, Robert Thom
  • Producers: Jim Weatherill, Roger Corman
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039BEEWW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Death Race 2000, Paul Bartel's 1975 cheapo satire about a futuristic international sport--an anything-goes car race where drivers score points for hitting pedestrians--stars David Carradine as a hero behind the wheel and Sylvester Stallone as his nemesis. The film is clever and macabre enough as a modernist satire, but finally overplays its hand in grim, decadent humour. The sets are gloriously artificial, and former Andy Warhol-star Mary Woronov is in sexy, comic form. --Tom Keogh

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I've ridiculed many a Roger Corman film in my time, but I have nothing but love for his 1975 B-movie triumph Death Race 2000 (although, to be fair, most of the credit should go to director Paul Bartel). In this brilliant black comedy satire, Corman gives us what we want - fast cars, hot naked gals, and lots of glorified violence, not to mention brilliant performances by David Carradine and a pre-Rambo Sylvester Stallone - and all with a budget of only 300 grand.

In this futuristic vision of the year 2000, America has devolved into something of a fascist police state called the United Provinces, ruled from overseas by Mr. President (Sandy McCallum) who, like all good dictators, has established an external outlet for whatever bloodlust, anger, and general discontent that may exist among the populace. Enter the Transcontinental Road Race, better known as the Death Race. Now in its 20th iteration, this fierce competition pits the greatest, most fearless drivers in the land racing from New York to New Los Angeles. Lest any visions of Cannonball Run threaten to run your head, know this: the beauty of the Death Race is the fact that extra points are awarded for any and all innocent spectators you kill along the way, with children and seniors bringing in the most points (if you don't think this is great fun, you haven't played any of the games in the Carmageddon series, which count among my favorite games of all time).

This year's contestants are Nero the Hero, Matilda the Hun (with Representative Fred "Gopher" Grandy as her navigator Herman the German), Calamity Jane Kelly, Machine-Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), and the fan favorite, Frankenstein (David Carradine).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A little while ago I had occasion to watch Deathrace, a remake of this film starring Jason Statham. I was impressed, and determined to watch the original. I have to say I was equally impressed, though for totally different reasons!

This is an almost perfect example of cheap seventies film making. And I don't mean cheap in a pejorative sense, in this case it is an accolade, as they managed to do so much with a limited budget and I am seriously impressed.

It's a brilliant concept. In the near dystopic future, America is ruled by a dictator. Like all good dictators he needs an outlet for the rage of the masses, and so we have the Death Race. Drivers in souped up roadsters take off across America, scoring points for people killed along the way. Just the story of the race itself would have made for a brilliant film, with plenty of scope for fast car chases and grisly deaths. But the producers added in a layer of intrigue for those who need more - there are rebels lurking about, and not all of the drivers and navigators are exactly what they seem. And what is the story of the mysterious Frankenstein, the masked champion?

A ridiculous script is played out as straight as possible by the actors, who all seem to get into the spirit of it and inject it with a real sense of fun. At its heart that's what this film is, a fun film. There are scenes straight out of the Whacky Races and Roadrunner cartoons, played out live action and transferring across brilliantly. There is the odd bit of social commentary, and a few jabs at chat show hosts and the press, these aren't (in the main) too overplayed and add to the sense of fun.

David Carradine is a little flat as the lead, but Sylvester Stallone makes up for it by overacting his part enough for two.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining 15 Dec 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Although the effects aren't great, and nor is the acting, this film has what many lack - fun. it is entertaining for the duration of the movie, and its an original idea. definitely worth seeing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Race 2000 11 Feb 2004
Death Race 2000 was recommended to me by a friend who said that it was a similar film to Rollerball. It is not similar at all, apart from the emotionally cold distopian setting and a desensitised, almost comic, attitude to extreme violence. Rollerball is a dark masterpiece, DR2000 is a fun throwaway classic. The film is very amateurishly made, but that's most of it's charm.
The setting of DR2000 is a futuristic society in the year 2000. Mr President keeps the emotionally cold population of America happy by running the Annual Transcontinental Death Race across America. Champions Frankenstein, Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (young Sylvester Stallone) and Calamity Jane compete to acquire the most points and win the game. Meanwhile rebel forces try to sabotage the race and destroy the president's rein. It's far too clumsy to work as a social satire, but it's still a very memorable and enjoyable film. DR2000 has been frequently compared to an adult version of Wacky Races, and it's easy to see why. You get ludicrous characters with silly names driving sillier cars, big explosions, and bad acting. Some parts seem to be stolen directly from a Roadrunner cartoon.
Death Race 2000 is one of the best exploitation films of the 1970's. The horrifying idea of running over pedestrians for points has now passed into legend, and the whole high camp look of this film - the unreal bright red paint for blood, the 70's porn funk soundtrack, the sped up shots of cars fitted with horns, spikes and go faster stripes rushing past the camera make this the greatest B movie ever made. It's not in the least subtle, but it's excellent entertainment, and I will never tire of watching this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film,fast delivery
Published 2 days ago by Mrs Charlotte Hulme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this film. I watched it years ago and still think it's great. thanks Steve
Published 4 days ago by MR S RL Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended if you want to remember how bad the 70's films...
Absolute pile of pants. Saw it in the 70's and brought it for nostalgia purposes. Was in fits of laughter at how bad it was. Young Sly Stallone, David Kung foo Carradine. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Captain K
4.0 out of 5 stars "Women are worth 10 points more than men, toddlers rate 70 points and...
I finally discovered this legendary, grotesque and disturbing 1975 Roger Corman production and I must say I am glad that I did - although I wouldn't go as far as saying that I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maciej
1.0 out of 5 stars 4:3 Cropped TV Version Very Poor Picture Quality
A classic science fiction film from the mid 70's that is deserving of much better DVD treatment than this version provides. Read more
Published 2 months ago by England Calling
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Race
I have already submitted a review on this as we have had it for some time it arrived on time and was enjoyed by us both
Published 6 months ago by Flos
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a replacement.
Had to replace for my other half as I managed to lose his copy somewhere and he enjoyed watching it.
Published 7 months ago by Caroline Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Death race DVD
Bought for a friend. He has now put to his collection. It is in good condition and plays very well.
Published 8 months ago by tracy marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Sports Cult Classic
Death Race 2000 is a cult classic of a film from 1975. Based loosely on the short story The Racer/Race of Death by Ib Melchior, Death Race 2000 is a brutal sports pioneer released... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MLA
3.0 out of 5 stars THE DEATH RACE R.U.O.K.4.A.D.D.B.4.K.O.?
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