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Original Death Race Gets Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Treatment and More Corman Classics to Come!

Never mind all that ridiculous business about seeing who shits on the sidewalk! The original big daddy of them all, Death Race 2000, is getting set to hit DVD and Blu-ray in style; and we’ve got the lowdown on what to expect!

From the Press Release
It’s time for full-throttle, full-tilt, fast and furious fun this summer as Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation, unleashes one of Roger Corman’s classics that gives 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 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.

Special Features

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • David on Death Race featurette
  • 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” featurette
  • Ready to Wear featurette
  • Designing Dystopia! featurette
  • Start Your Engine! interview with original story creator Ib Melchior
  • Killer Score interview with composer Paul Chihara
  • 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 and 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 the Deep (DVD), Starcrash (Blu-ray & DVD), and Battle Beyond the Stars (Blu-ray & DVD), among others.

    Check out the cover art, and order your copy below!

    Death Race 2000 on Blu-ray

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