One of the quintessential 70s action-thrillers, Roger Corman-produced Death Race 2000 makes its eagerly-anticipated Blu-ray debut in the UK with Signal One Entertainment’s new release. Loaded with dark satirical humour that, on the one hand, has dated pretty badly – but taken as a schlocky 70s grindhouse-esque romp, Death Race 2000 remains a blood-soaked thrillride. The new Blu-ray release does the best it can with the source material, while some interesting special features offer interesting insight into the film’s production and legacy.
In the year 2000, hit and run has become the national sport. It’s a no-holds-barred cross-country race, in which the aim is to kill off not only your opponents, but as many pedestrians as possible. Favorite driver, Frankenstein (David Carradine) takes on Machine Gun Joe Viterboe (Sylvester Stallone) in this classic, adrenaline thriller. However, this year’s events are about to be complicated by the efforts of a small but dedicated army of revolutionaries. Their overthrow of Mr President hinges on the sabotage of the Race and the elimination of Frankenstein, but Frankenstein himself is not what he seems.
- Interview with Roger Corman’s Assistant Beverley Gray
- Video Essay with Film Historian Mark Searby
- Still Gallery
- Original Theatrical Trailer