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DVD Watch: Death Race 2000

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 21, 2010 at 8:20AM

Paul Bartel was always one of my fave New World directors--he's one of the less-well-known grads of the Corman school, including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, Ron Howard and Peter Bogdanovich. It's always a hoot hearing folks talk about what it was like to work there. Quentin Tarantino's tribute to New World chief Roger Corman was a highlight of last year's Academy governors' ball.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Paul Bartel was always one of my fave New World directors--he's one of the less-well-known grads of the Corman school, including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, Ron Howard and Peter Bogdanovich. It's always a hoot hearing folks talk about what it was like to work there. Quentin Tarantino's tribute to New World chief Roger Corman was a highlight of last year's Academy governors' ball.

Shout!Factory has just released a DVD of Bartel's B-classic, Death Race 2000. And on the extras, lo and behold, along with Leonard Maltin's interview with Corman (Bartel, alas, died some years ago), is my old chum Jane Ruhm, who got her start as a costume designer on the 1975 film. Her story of how David Carradine reduced her to tears and then apologized is priceless. Did you know a pre-Rocky Sly Stallone co-starred?

More details on the DVD here and on the jump:

Special Edition Bonus Features:

New Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Transfer From The Interpositive Film Element
David On Death Race: Interview with David Carradine
Audio Commentary With Roger Corman & 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 films now-legendary race cars, costumes and futuristic landscapes with members of the production, design and costume crew
Start Your Engines: Interview with author Ib Melchior
Killer Score: An all-new interview with composer Paul Chihara on the creation of the films eclectic score
Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman About Death Race 2000
Theatrical Trailer
Theatrical Trailer With Commentary By John Landis
TV And Radio spots

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.