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Roger Corman strikes again...
on 6 January 2011
I have several of these Roger Corman Cult Classics dvds. This was one of the ones I looked forward to as it has one of my favourites on, Deathsport. Now as on the director's commentary co-director Allan Arkush says this is one of the worst films ever made according to critics and he pretty much agrees with them!
I'm a big David Carradine fan as I grew up watching Kung Fu on it's original tv run, so I pretty much enjoy all his films including this one. I agree it makes no sense and the motorbike scenes go on forever. It's plus points include Claudia Jennings naked (on several occasions), Richard Lynch on big baddie form as always and David Carradine (who apparently was on something for the entire shoot)out acting the other actors. Sword fights, laser battles and nude ladies whats not to like.
The other film in the double bill is Battletruck, which kind of underwhelms, it is 4:3 where as Deathsport is in widescreen. It is a pretty poor quality print and a rather muted colour throughout (Deathsport has some print damage but the colour is great.) I've never liked this much and found it a chore to watch. The Commentary is a hoot with Harley Cockliss name dropping continuously and Jonathon Rigby (who sounds like Roger Moore) using the phrase 'tits up'at one point.
So to sum up, worth getting if you like Carradine and Deathsport.