Like many exploitation film fans who grew up during the 1980’s, Your Humble Reviewer loves flicks that blend post-apocalyptic themes and car-chase movie action. This forthcoming release from Shout! Factory dishes up a pair of flicks in this vein. Deathsport is a mix of car stunts and futuristic pulp that teams David Carradine with b-movie goddess Claudia Jennings while Battletruck is a New Zealand excursion into Road Warrior territory. Read on for all the post-apocalyptic specs…
A PAIR OF ROGER CORMAN ROGUE SCIFI CLASSICS
ON ONE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD COMING THIS AUGUST 2010
SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENTS
DOUBLE-FEATURE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD
featuring the long-out-of-print cult favorite DEATHSPORT in widescreen
and the long-awaited debut of BATTLETRUCK on dvd
Slammin’ into Stores Nationwide August 3, 2010
From Shout! Factory
Brace yourself for twice the fun, twice the adrenaline rush, and twice the traction, as Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation, set to release a dynamic duo of Roger Corman classics on one double-feature collector’s edition DVD. August 3, 2010 will see the release of Deathsport/BattleTruck Collector’s Edition, which marks the first time Deathsport being presented in a widescreen format, as well as the first-ever DVD release of BattleTruck (released theatrically as Warlords of the 21st Century). This double-barreled dose of high-octane excitement decisively marks the latest summer installment from fan favorite Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series.
Deathsport/ BattleTruck Collector’s Edition boasts a stellar selection of new bonus content including all-new cast and crew interviews, commentaries, vintage trailers and more. A must-have for Roger Corman fans and collectors, own two of Roger Corman’s popular cult hits at an attractive price of $19.93 SRP.
The worldwide success of Death Race 2000 fueled Corman’s desire to make Deathsport, which also stars Emmy Award® and four-time Golden Globe® nominee David Carradine (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2, TV’s Kung Fu). It was not a direct sequel but certainly a thematic follow-up.
Set 1,000 years in the future, following the Great Neutron Wars, the world is divided into desert wastes and isolated city-states. Lord Zirpola (David McLean, Kingdom of the Spiders) captures the notorious “Desert Ranger” Kaz Oshay (Carradine) and forces him to fight to the death in his game, Deathsport. Now Kaz must face his past and fight to save himself, his city and the future from the war that Lord Zirpola is about to wage.
Executive produced by Roger Corman, Deathsport is directed by Henry Suso and Allan Arkush. Co-starring in the film are beautiful B-movie starlet and 1970 Playboy Playmate of the Year Claudia Jennings, Jesse Vint (Forbidden World) and perennially popular big-screen bad guy Richard Lynch (Invasion USA, Bad Dreams, The Sword and the Sorcerer).
Inspired by the success of The Road Warrior, Corman acquired the award-winning New Zealand-made action blowout BattleTruckfor distribution, rechristened it Warlords of the 21st Century and released it to screens in 1982. The film earned an enthusiastic cult audience and has not been available on home video for more than 20 years until now.
After the Oil Wars have ravaged the Earth’s landscape, gasoline has become a precious commodity. On his marauding search to commandeer all of the oil in existence to fuel his massive, heavily-armored battle truck, Col. Straker (James Wainwright, The Survivors) ravages a peaceful commune. Riding to their rescue is a mysterious man on a motorcycle (Michael Beck, The Warriors, Megaforce), who becomes their only hope when he decides to bring the fight to Straker, aided and abetted by Straker’s runaway daughter, Corlie (Annie McEnroe, Beetlejuice, Wall Street). It’s a mechanized, motorized version of the story of David and Goliath, and only one can survive.
The action-packed Battletruck also stars Bruno Lawrence ( Smash Palace, The Quiet Earth) and two-time Emmy® nominee John Ratzenberger (Up, Toy Story 1, 2 and 3, TV’s Cheers). Cinematographer Chris Menges would go on to win Academy Awards® for The Killing Fields and The Mission and become an acclaimed director in his own right.
For her performance as Corlie, McEnroe won the Clavell de Plata Award as Best Actress from the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival.
DEATHSPORT/ BATTLETRUCK DOUBLE-FEATURE
COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS CONTENT:
DEATHSPORT SPECIAL FEATURES
New anamorphic widescreen presentation (1.78:1)
Audio commentary with co-director Allan Arkush and editor Larry Bock
Interviews with actor Jesse Vint
Original theatrical trailers
Trailer and TV spots
BATTLETRUCK SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio commentary with director Harley Cokliss
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