Roger Corman’s ‘Death Race 2050’ hits Blu-Ray in January

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Fans of Roger Corman will have the chance to pick-up “Death Race 2050” on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital HD starting on January 17, 2017. The film, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is a reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000, which if you haven’t seen, can be picked-up in all its strange glory on sites like Amazon.com.

The Universal 1440 Entertainment original production straps viewers into the driver’s seat of the ultimate auto showdown, a blood-splattered no-holds-barred virtual-reality show that gleefully pits hardened road warriors against each other — and their audience. Exclusive bonus features reveal how filmmakers transformed the deadliest competition on wheels into a hair-raising, savagely funny game of life or death.

The studio describes the film stating, “Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000!”

It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.

Produced by Roger Corman, Death Race 2050 stars Manu Bennett (The Hobbit) as Frankenstein and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as the Chairman. The cast also features Burt Grinstead (“NCIS”), Marci Miller (Viper), Folake Olowofoyeku (The Beaver), Anessa Ramsey (Footloose), Yancy Butler (Hard Target) and Charlie Farrell (Cantar).

Extras include The Making of 2050, which is a featurette that goes behind the scenes of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 to explore why, over four decades later, the original Death Race 2000 has been remade. It also talks about what made this project appealing to cast and crew, what changes have been made, and what fans of the original will still love. The extras also include interviews with stars, director G.J. Echternkamp and Corman himself. Viewers can also go on the set with the drivers of Death Race 2050 as they introduce their one-of-a-kind killing machines: Frankenstein and his Monster, Perfectus and his Piece of Art, Tammy and the Tank, Minerva and her Sound Box and ABE.

Fans can set a reminder to pick-up Death Race 2050 on Janurary 17, 2017.