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Death Race 2000 (1975)/Death Sport (1978/Umbrella Entertainment/Region Zero/0 PAL DVD Set)

 

Picture: BĖ/C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+/D†††† Films: B-/C

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.

 

We previously reviewed Paul Bartelís Death Race 2000 (1975) when Disney issued it on DVD as part of a Roger Corman collection and you can read about the film and the DVD at this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/3293/Death+Race+2000+-+Special+Edition

 

 

That version is now out of print, just in time for the release of the remake.Some other editions exist with various quality versions and various Regional DVD versions, yet some of them have no extras and some of them are also out of print.However, Umbrella Entertainment has not only issued the original film in a better print than Disney, but they have added Cormanís lower-budget, wacky imitator of sorts: Death Sport (aka Deathsport, with no less than three directors, including Corman) from 1978 and what it lacks in budget, it makes up for in violence, goofiness, motorcycles, nudity and sex.

 

Claudia Jennings, Richard Lynch, William Smithers, David McLean and Jesse Vint join David Carradine playing a new character in a world that has everything from rifles to light lanterns that totally zap and vaporize anyone they kill.You get some fights and battles, a villain with a room of hanging poles that he has nude women dance to before filling the poles with electric, sex scenes and hand to hand combat; all of which you have to see to believe.In this, there are some interesting moments just the same, but they could not afford to totally build the future city and it makes for a viewing you will not soon forget.Also, it was at this point Cormanís power as a B-producer was starting to wane.

 

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Death Race 2000 is a new transfer much like the old Disney edition, but improved in every way.There is more image information on both sides of the frame, the great MetroColor is even more vibrant and the print is in even better shape.The 1.33 X 1 image on Death Sport is soft, but we cannot tell if this is tunnel vision or a soft matte frame, as the film had a 1.85 X 1 theatrical frame.Director of Photography Gary Graver (Invasion Of The Bee Girls, The Toolbox Murders) does an interesting job of shooting what was here, though detail and color are limited, this copy is watchable just the same.Both have Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono that are fine for their age, with slightly more clarity on Death Race 2000 here than on the Corman/Disney reissue, which retains all the same extras (original theatrical trailer, terrific audio commentary by Corman and Woronov) except a short featurette, while Death Sport has no extras at all.Now, can Bartelís racecar/deathsport film Cannonball! be far behind on DVD or Blu-ray?

 

For more on the Death Race remake, try this link to our Blu-ray coverage:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/7982/Death+Race+(2008/Universal+Blu-ray)

 

 

As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD Set import exclusively from Umbrella at:

 

http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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