Death Race 2000 [DVD] [1975]

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  • Release Date: 06/22/2010
  • Rating: R
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Special Features

  • David on death race: interview with David Carradine
  • Audio commentary with Roger Corman and Mary Woronov
  • New audio commentary with assistant director Lewis Teague and editor Tina Hirsh
  • Playing the game: looking back at Death Race 2000
  • Ready to wear: interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm
  • Designing dystopia: a detailed look at the design of the film's now-legendary race cars, costumes and futuristic landscapes with members of the production, design and costume crew
  • Star your engines: interview with author Ib Melchoir
  • Killer score: an all-new interview with composer Paul Chihara on the creation of the film's eclectic score
  • Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman about Death Race 2000
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Theatrical trailer commentary by John Landis, courtesy of
  • TV and radio spots
  • 12-page booklet
  • New world trailers


Death Race 2000
Cult hero Paul Bartel directed this low-budget satire in which America's passion for cars, violence, and sporting events are finally brought together in one convenient package. In the not-so-distant future, the United States has become a totalitarian regime overseen by the charming but sinister Mr. President (Sandy McCallum), who, in order to satisfy the masses' need for entertainment (and to quench their thirst for violence), has created a new national sport -- the Death Race, a nationwide road rally in which the winner is not determined by who finishes first, but by who scores the most points along the way by running over hapless pedestrians. Aspiring champions Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), Calamity Jane (Mary Woronov), Nero the Hero (Martin Kove), and Matilda the Hun (Roberta Collins) are all looking to take the top honors away from Frankenstein (David Carradine), a half-man/half-machine who has been built to be the best racer on Earth and can outrun and outkill anyone on the circuit. However, not everyone likes the Death Race, and revolutionary leader Thomasina Paine (Harriet Medin) wants to sabotage the event in the name of restoring democracy; her plan is to foil Frankenstein's expected victory by smuggling her daughter Annie (Simone Griffeth) into Frankenstein's race car as his navigator. Featuring David Carradine at the height of his Kung Fu fame (and Sylvester Stallone a year before Rocky), Death Race 2000 was a major drive-in hit in 1975; Bartel and Carradine teamed up for another road race movie, Cannonball, a year later, and a semi-sequel, Death Sport, appeared in 1978. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • David Carradine
    David Carradine - Frankenstein
  • Simone Griffeth
    Simone Griffeth - Annie
  • Sylvester Stallone
    Sylvester Stallone - Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
  • Mary Woronov
    Mary Woronov - Calamity Jane
  • Roberta Collins
    Roberta Collins - Mathilda the Hun

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Movie, Worth A Viewing


    I never thought 'Death Race 2000' would get special edition dvd treatment. Well, I'm glad it has, because it's an interesting movie to say the least. While not everyone will enjoy this feature, those who are fans are sure to delight in the widescreen transfer and several bonus goodies included. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pay-Cable Classic looking it's best

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    Since seeing on cable in '78 and owning in VHS/DVD since the 80s, this is the coolest grindhouse movie ever. And Simone Griffith and Roberta Collins............

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic grindhouse

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Great picture quality and fantastic sound. They did a great job on this blu ray!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cult classic

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    This cult classic has some good dark humor. One of Sylvester Stallone's first movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A decent transfer of an old film

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    A decent transfer of an old film. Not a lot of extras, but worthwhile as an upgrade to the DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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