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Soundtrack: English Subtitles: English, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, Czech, Hard of hearing English
Widescreen version 16:9
In the elegant detachment of Jewison's direction, emphasised by the stark, alienating use of classical music, there are echoes of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Notwithstanding the brilliantly staged arena sequences, Rollerball is essentially about freedom versus conformity and the corruption of unfettered capitalism, with Caan leading an existential rebellion in the tradition of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 which leads to a chilling, apocalyptic finale. Certainly the most prophetic film of the 1970s, Rollerball has an intelligence and power overlooked by those who simply denounce its brutal violence.
On the DVD: Rollerball arrives on DVD with clear three-channel Dolby Digital sound, although obviously it lacks the impact of a more modern 5.1 soundtrack. The 1.77:1 transfer is anamorphically enhanced and is generally very sharp and detailed with excellent colour. Some scenes show a lot of grain, but this is presumably a consequence of having to shoot with very fast lenses to capture the swift and dramatic action under indoor lighting conditions.
"Return to the Arena--The Making of Rollerball" is a new 25-minute documentary (4:3 with letterboxed film clips) that features Jewison, Harrison and various other personnel reminiscing about the making of the film. The highlight of the extras are commentary tacks from the Jewison and Harrison, and while there is inevitably some overlap of information, and some quite lengthy gaps in Harrison's track, there is also much to interest the serious film buff. Also included is an original seven-minute promotional featurette "From Rome to Rollerball: The Full Circle", the chilling original trailer, the teaser trailer and a trailer for the remake.--Gary S Dalkin
I've seen this film many times, the first time was at my school film club , then later on vhs , on dvd and now the Arrow bluray. Read morePublished 3 days ago by deafbydawn
Love the film but the quality of this blu-ray release is (at first sight), abysmal. Very very grainy. Read morePublished 6 days ago by poorskeleton
This has had many great reviews- but I'm sorry to report that I found it dull and uninteresting. The game itself seems so uninteresting, and unlikely to be a valued viewing... Read morePublished 15 days ago by B. L. J. Webb
I remember seeing this film years ago. Blast from the past! Happy memories :-)Published 2 months ago by Liz Mynett
Norman Jewison and William Harrison expand Harrison’s short story into a full length feature film, with great results. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Spike Owen
Great film! Science prophecy predicting a world where elected governments are a thing of the past and big corporations are in control. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James McDonald