BUENA VISTA is revisiting the low budget, but entertaining films of Roger Corman with some current dvd releases. "DEATH RACE 2000" takes place in the year 2000, as imagined back in 1975. America is now under facist rule and the ultimate sport, "DEATH RACE" features race car drivers racing from one end of the country to the other, gaining points by killing as many innocents along the way as possible. The latest race has "Frankenstein"(David Carradine) facing a new challenger, "JOE VITRUBO"(Sylvester Stallone). An actual subplot has Frankenstein's navigator, secretly being part of an underground resistance bent on overturning the facist regime and ending the barbarism of the "DEATH RACE" at the same time.
The script is surprisingly witty at times and Carradine gives a fine performance, carefully blending the correct mixture of toughness and inane actions, needed for the type of humor here to work.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a generally fine transfer, although grain is still present in many spots. The film's low budget restricts as to how slick an image can be achieved here. The detail is impressive.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mix. It's a decent mix, without any hiss or distortion. The music and effects are presented with good fidelity. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
There is a fun commentary with Corman and costar Mary Waronov. The two offer a lot of insight that fans of the film will enjoy as well as comment on the industry as a whole.
A short featurette and a trailer are also included.