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Christopher Webster [DVD News 08.11.10] post apocalyptic movie trailer news dvd cult

This morning I figured it was time to bust out with some cult PA news and since I just caught up with this newly released Roger Corman double-header disc featuring two old school PA cheese fests and it turned out to be a blast-and-a-half to watch I figured I'd plug it.

What can we say about Deathsport. The worldwide success of Death Race 2000 fueled Corman’s desire to make Deathsport, which also stars David Carradine. It was not a direct sequel and not nearly as well conceived, but it's enough of a thematic follow-up. There's lots of motorcycle mayham and awesome scifi matte paintings that look totally fake, but I personally love that stuff.

Set 1,000 years in the future, following the Great Neutron Wars, Deathsport shows a world that 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.

Now onto Battle Truck! Inspired by the success of The Road Warrior, Corman acquired the award-winning New Zealand-made action blowout Battle Truck for distribution, rechristened it "Warlords of the 21st Century," and released it to screens in 1982.

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 ravages a peaceful commune. Riding to their rescue is a mysterious man on a motorcycle who becomes their only hope when he decides to bring the fight to Straker, aided and abetted by Straker’s runaway daughter, Corlie. Basically, it’s a mechanized, motorized version of the story of David and Goliath, and only one can survive.

The disc comes from Shout! Factory who say they will continue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include Starcrash, Slumber Party Massacre: The Collection, The Evil, Twice Dead, Not of This Earth, Time Walker, Dead Space, among others... cool beans.

Dig on some trailers and a list of the disc's special features after the break.


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
Still gallery
Trailer and TV spots


Audio commentary with director Harley Cokliss

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