Your Humble Reviewer is thrilled at the deluxe treat­ment Shout! Factory is giv­ing to its line of Roger Corman/New World DVD releas­es.  This goes dou­ble for their upcom­ing release of Death Race 2000 (which hap­pens to be his all-time favorite sci­ence fic­tion film).  This dri­ve-in clas­sic is packed to the gills with action, black humor, great exploita­tion flick stars, end­less­ly quotable dia­logue and even a bit of sub­ver­sive polit­i­cal com­men­tary.  Shout! Factory has answered the prayers of this fan by giv­ing it a dig­i­tal treat­ment that is just as jam-packed.  Read on for all the car-car­nage details…

No rules. All road. All rage.

An Action-Packed Roger Corman clas­sic filled with thrills, spills … and kills!

Digitally Remastered and Presented in Widescreen, Jam-Packed With All-New Bonus Content 


DEATH RACE 2000 SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY& DVD

Turbo-Racing Into Stores Nationwide June 22, 2010 

From Shout! Factory 


Tales of the Gold Monkey Action Adventure TV first time on DVD, 22 episodes and extras

It’s time for full-throt­tle, full-tilt, fast and furi­ous fun this sum­mer, as Shout! Factory, in asso­ci­a­tion with New Horizons Picture Corporation, unleash one of Roger Corman clas­sics that give new mean­ing to the term “road rage.” June 22, 2010 will see the release of the Death Race 2000 Special Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD, ear­mark­ing the lat­est install­ment from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home enter­tain­ment series.

Death Race 2000 Special Edition boasts a high-octane selec­tion of exten­sive bonus con­tent includ­ing all-new inter­views and com­men­tary with cast and crew, rare behind-the-sce­nes footage and much more, mak­ing this defin­i­tive home enter­tain­ment release from Shout! Factory’s much-antic­i­pat­ed Roger Corman’s Cult Classics line a must-have for Roger Corman fans and film afi­ciona­dos as well as any­one who remains young at heart.  Death Race 2000 Special Edition Blu-ray is priced to own at $ 26.97 SRP, and the DVD is avail­able at $19.93 SRP.

Widely revered as per­haps the great­est B-movie of all time, Death Race 2000 is one of the most endur­ing of all Roger Corman films — as well as his biggest box-office suc­cess up to that point.

Welcome to the year 2000, a bleak and polit­i­cal­ly oppres­sive world plagued by immoral­i­ty and polit­i­cal unrest. The only thing that appeas­es the pop­u­la­tion is the three-day Transcontinental Death Race, a high-speed, coast-to-coast com­pe­ti­tion which is won by the dri­ver who racks up the most points by killing spec­ta­tors, pedes­tri­ans and oth­er unlucky passers-by.

This year, how­ev­er, the Death Race dri­vers have some­thing more to wor­ry about than get­ting killed by the oth­er con­tes­tants: A covert fac­tion of Anti-Race rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies bent on putting the brakes on Death Race for good. When they say “Speed kills” — they’re not kid­ding!

Executive pro­duced by Corman and direct­ed by Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul), Death Race 2000 is one of the quin­tes­sen­tial cult clas­sics of all time and marks the only pair­ing of box-office super­stars David Carradine (Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Bound for Glory, TV’s Kung Fu) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Rambo, Cliffhanger), as well as fea­tur­ing a cult-friend­ly sup­port­ing cast that includes Simone Griffeth (Hot Target), Mary Woronov (Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, Eating Raoul), Roberta Collins (Hardbodies and Hardbodies II), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, TV’s Cagney & Lacey), Louisa Mortiz (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, New Year’s Evil), leg­endary Los Angeles disc jock­ey “The Real” Don Steele (Grand Theft Auto, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School), Joyce Jameson (The Comedy of Terrors, Tales of Terror) and Fred Grandy (TV’s The Love Boat), who was lat­er elect­ed to the U.S. Congress!

This new spe­cial edi­tion DVD and first-ever Blu-ray release of Death Race 2000 is load­ed with high-octane spe­cial fea­tures.

DEATH RACE 2000 SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY & DVD

EXTENSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1) in high def­i­n­i­tion from the inter-pos­i­tive film ele­ment
  • David on Death Race: A brief look back from star David Carradine record­ed in 2008
  • Audio com­men­tary with Roger Corman and Mary Woronov
  • New audio com­men­tary with assis­tant direc­tor Lewis Teague and edi­tor Tina Hirsch
  • Playing the Game: Looking Back at “Death Race 2000”
  • Ready to Wear: In-depth inter­view cos­tume design­er Jane Ruhm on her inven­tive work for this film and oth­er Roger Corman clas­sics
  • Designing Dystopia!: A detailed look at the film’s futur­is­tic land­scapes and now-clas­sic race cars with co-art direc­tor B.B. Neel, car design­er James Powers and car con­struc­tor Dean Jeffries.
  • Start Your Engine!: How the world of Death Race 2000 came to life, inter­view with orig­i­nal sto­ry cre­ator Ib Melchior
  • Killer Score: An all-new inter­view with com­poser Paul Chihara on the cre­ation of the film’s eclec­tic score, which was also his first fea­ture film com­po­si­tion.
  • Leonard Maltin inter­views Roger Corman about Death Race 2000
  • Original the­atri­cal trail­er
  • Original the­atri­cal trail­er with com­men­tary by film­mak­er John Landis, cour­tesy of trailersfromhell.com
  • Collectible 12-page book­let
  • New World trail­ers

Following the release of Death Race 2000 Special Edition Blu-ray & DVD, Shout! Factory will con­tin­ue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home enter­tain­ment releas­es on a month­ly basis. Upcoming high­lights include Forbidden World (DVD), Galaxy Of Terror (DVD), Piranha (Blu-ray & DVD) Attack Of The Crab Monster/ Not of This Earth (DVD), Humanoids from Deep (DVD), Starcrash (Blu-ray & DVD) and Battle Beyond The Stars (Blu-ray & DVD), among oth­ers.

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