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Death Race 2000 (Blu-Ray)

David Carradine , Sylvester Stallone , Paul Bartel    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Paul Bartel's 1975 cheap-o 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 humor. The sets are gloriously artificial, and former Warhol star Mary Woronov is in sexy, comic form. --Tom Keogh

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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The movie that inspired the first ever Video game to be banned from the market due to violence, and one of the first Post Apocalypic Cyberpunk style movies made.

Quickly: it's so bad it's good, well sorta. It's old, the acting sucks, but it's about a race in a utopian society where drivers get points for running people over, how cool a plot is that?

Summar: It's a pretty much utopian society. America is now run by a god figure of a president who provides everything the populace could want, including entertainment. The years big entertainment is the Transcontinental Race. The 20th of which is about to start at the start of the movie. 5 teams of racers in souped up cars (including mele weapons on the front) race to get to the end of the track and score points for running over pedestrians. Seniors are worth the most points, followed by todlers, then teens. Any women are worth a bonus 10 points. While this race is going on a group of rebels attempts to stop the race and overthrow the President. The main character Frankenstein (David Caradine) turns from Bad to Good, falls in love with his navigator and of course saves the day. Sly Stalone plays his main rival in a role more hammed up then Rambo.

The Good: a cult classic, and a cult classic for a reason. This is primo camp. The plot is rather sickly amusing and I would almost call this a black comedy. The violence is very over the top in what I would call a good way (the first kill is a man impaled on a knife on the front of Sly's car, between the legs).

The Bad: the quality of this fits the times but does get annoying. The sound quality especially. The charcters are just a little too over the top, even more so the announcers. They drove me nuts.
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This movie is Great for so many reasons... Besides having stars in it that everyone seems to know ;)... This movie is closer to how things are in 2000 than anyone could of thought at the time... The acting in the movie is perfect for the story that it tells... Fans of Toxic Avenger movies will find out where the points for hitting people comes from...
They race across the USA and gain points for killing people on the way... The beloved leader starts the race and media spreads propaganda the entire movie... They make fun of so many things and its very well done... The movie helps show the media for what it is among other things :)... Some parts might be a bit boring, still for the most part its worth watching... Funny how in movie they blame things on the french :)... I see even today media makes fun of french to say least at times :)... Also in USA they always laugh cuz they like jerry lewis :)... This movie is worth watching just for the Corvette :)... Also it has Frankenstein without the wolfman or dracula to steal the show :)... Sly is in the best role of his life, he plays it very well to say least :)...
Stick around and listen at the end, the credits talk about an interesting story :)...
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2.0 out of 5 stars hmm . . . April 30 2000
did the makers of Carmegeddon see this movie? Well, I think having said that anyone who's played the game will know pretty much what to expect. I once heard someone say that this movie was supposed to be some kind of social satire, on Social Darwinism or something? Well, that is very difficult to believe. Sylvester Stallone's non-porn debut (yes, it's true, he used to make porn movies) is an all-out blood n gore fest, complete with ludicrous over-acting, campy gags, naked women and cheesy spatter-type special effects. While not everyone's cup of tea, and it's certainly not Ingmar Bergman, it is very fast-moving and fun (what could you expect from Roger Corman) and probably contains one of the highest cinema body-counts this side of Peter Jackson's Braindead. Rumour has it that a remake is in the works called Death Race 3000. Should be fun.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Poor quality video. Probably a copy of a copy...
Published 29 days ago by Peter Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The new one is set in jail. This one races across the country, there aim is to collect points by running people over.
Published 5 months ago by David Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie after watching the other 3
Had to get the original after watching the new death races tho wish it was better Stallone is one of my faves
Published 15 months ago by jeromy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy
This look at the year 2000 from the 70's, point of imagination, is just as funny as it is disturbing. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2002 by Jeff Parliament
4.0 out of 5 stars wow!
this film is well funny.watch out for a young sty stallone this film is definetly worth owning its great
Published on June 12 2002 by "westi_1984"
5.0 out of 5 stars Racing to the Death!
Who in their right mind would race and be willing to die? David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone would! Before Sylvester Stallone became an icon, he made this movie. Read more
Published on May 29 2002 by Timotee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch and a damn good car race
I first watched thisd movie 12 years ago and I still enjoy it because it is not a hard hitting, knock you on your butt sci fi film. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002 by "wolf07us"
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Hilarious!!!!!!
When I first saw this film I was in shock. David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone star in the futuristic comedy about a race from the east coast to west coast where killing people... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2001 by C. Best
5.0 out of 5 stars From Drive-In to DVD, it's still a blast
Yes, I actually saw this at the Starlite drive-in many moons ago. It's still a great flick, and part of the US culture. Points for running people over. The Hand-Grenade. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2001 by Richard C. Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars The greatest of the cheesy
Not overly violent,but enough to get some peoples attention.It's funny as (. . .) ... with Stallone "Joe viterbo" in desperate need of anger management classes. Read more
Published on July 16 2001 by Andre Lalonde
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