- Actors: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov, Roberta Collins
- Directors: Paul Bartel
- Writers: Charles B. Griffith, Ib Melchior, Robert Thom
- Producers: Jim Weatherill, Roger Corman
- Format: Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Shout Factory
- Release Date: June 22 2010
- Run Time: 80 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0039BEEWW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,570 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Death Race 2000 (Blu-Ray)
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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. A DVD release is available. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. The special effects are just a bunch of explosions and thats about it. There is a 'hand grenade' at the end of the movie that is just laughable. I personally would have liked to see more of the 'future society' presented in the movie and less of empty back roads.
The Ugly: the acting. They got some real actors for this, but it must have been before they could act. Not that Caradine or Stallone could ever act well, but this is definately the worst of the worst.
Overall: a good cult classic that you will either love or hate. I still say you have to at least be mildly amused with the concept.
This really made me want to play some Auto Assault.
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). Frankenstein is something of a mystery man, his mask and cowl hiding a body that has had more parts replaced than your grandfather's beat-up old pickup. He and Machine-Gun Joe are bitter rivals, but this year the greatest threat Frankenstein faces is a plot by the Resistance, led by Thomasina Paine (Harriet Medin), to put an end to the barbaric race once and for all (using - wouldn't you know it? - barbaric methods of their own).
From euthanasia day at the hospital to the wickedly tripped-out cars designed for human carnage as well as speed, Death Race 2000 is a tour de force of B-movie entertainment. The sociopolitical statement the film makes is also very real and important, but I'll leave the interpretation of all that to the individual viewer. Carradine's amazing, Stallone's a brilliant bonus, the supporting cast make hay with even the smallest of parts (The Real Don Steele, anyone?), and Simone Griffeth is fun to watch both in and out of her clothes (and I haven't even mentioned the whole French Air Force thing). Death Race 2000 is the epitome of cult classic.
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 :)...