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Rollerball
     

Rollerball

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Director: Norman Jewison, James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams

Cast: Norman Jewison, James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams

 

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The Canadian director Norman Jewison got the idea for the futuristic world of Rollerball after seeing hockey fans go wild at the sight of blood on the ice. But while the film was meant as a warning against such spectator bloodlust, this DVD edition shows that Rollerball works best on a violent, visceral level. Included in this edition is the original

Overview

The Canadian director Norman Jewison got the idea for the futuristic world of Rollerball after seeing hockey fans go wild at the sight of blood on the ice. But while the film was meant as a warning against such spectator bloodlust, this DVD edition shows that Rollerball works best on a violent, visceral level. Included in this edition is the original promotional "making of" documentary from 1975 and Jewison's slightly unfocused commentary on a separate audio track. While he does a decent job of walking viewers through the making of the film, his voice over doesn't share the verve or insight that he put into his Thomas Crown Affair DVD commentary. Jewison states that, to his dismay, filmgoers ended up loving the violence in Rollerball. Investors even approached him about creating a league for the rollerball game that was invented especially for the film. Jewison's comments mirror the fact that the incredible sets, the film's look, and the excitement of the game itself all work better than the muddled dramatic elements. Indeed, Rollerball's greatest scenes involve the playing of the game itself; the movie shows how cheap and tacky the computerized violence of such modern films as Ridley Scott's similar Gladiator seem in comparison. So while Rollerball fails as science fiction, the film remains quite powerful nevertheless. The DVD features a spotless widescreen transfer, a new Dolby Digital 5.0 soundtrack, and a diverting interactive "Rollergame."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/1998
UPC:
0027616701527
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:05:00

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director Norman Jewison; Featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Jewison; New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Interactive rollergame; Trivia and production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caan Jonathan E.
John Houseman Bartholomew
Maud Adams Ella
John Beck Moonpie
Moses Gunn Cletus
Pamela Hensley Mackie
Barbara Trentham Daphne
Ralph Richardson Librarian
Shane Rimmer Team Executive
Robert Ito Oriental Instructor
Burt Kwouk Oriental Doctor
Richard Le Parmentier Bartholomew's Aide
Angus MacInnes Jonathan's Guard No. I
Burnell Tucker Jonathan's Captain of Guard
Danny Wong Actor
John Normington Actor
Alfred Thomas Team Trainer

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Derek Ball Sound/Sound Designer
Sass Bedig Special Effects
John Box Production Designer
Joe Fitt Special Effects
Antony Gibbs Editor
Kip Gowans Asst. Director
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
William Harrison Screenwriter
Martin Julien Screenwriter
Robert Laing Art Director
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Palmer Producer
André Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Richardson Special Effects
Dar Robinson Stunts
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Hal B. Wallis Producer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Main Title [:18]
2. "Welcome To Houston" [2:53]
3. Let The Game Begin! [3:06]
4. Man For All Seasons [8:04]
5. Meeting Bartholomew [4:32]
6. Back At The Ranch... [6:25]
7. Reminiscing [3:18]
8. Lexicon Of Rollerball [3:06]
9. Ever-Elusive Books [3:22]
10. Ella-vision/Daphne [2:28]
11. Different Rules [3:18]
12. "Houston!Houston!" [5:11]
13. Tomorrow's Party Today [2:24]
14. This Is Your Life [3:23]
15. A Private Word [1:51]
16. Concessions/FlameTrees [2:37]
17. Tokyo [2:21]
18. At The Bathhouse [6:03]
19. A Punishing Game [3:29]
20. Game With No Victors [5:23]
21. Good-Bye Moonpie [5:39]
22. Affirmative [5:26]
23. In Geneva/Z.E.R.O [3:56]
24. The Return Of Ella [1:22]
25. Erase [6:45]
26. Bluebonnets & Everything [5:12]
27. Lonely At The Top [3:00]
28. Game To End All Games [1:39]
29. Winner Takes All? [4:19]
30. Closing Credits [5:25]
Side #2 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Main Title [:18]
2. "Welcome To Houston" [2:53]
3. Let The Game Begin! [3:06]
4. Man For All Seasons [8:04]
5. Meeting Bartholomew [4:32]
6. Back At The Ranch... [6:25]
7. Reminiscing [3:18]
8. Lexicon Of Rollerball [3:06]
9. Ever-Elusive Books [3:22]
10. Ella-vision/Daphne [2:28]
11. Different Rules [3:18]
12. "Houston!Houston!" [5:11]
13. Tomorrow's Party Today [2:24]
14. This Is Your Life [3:23]
15. A Private Word [1:51]
16. Concessions/FlameTrees [2:37]
17. Tokyo [2:21]
18. At The Bathhouse [6:03]
19. A Punishing Game [3:29]
20. Game With No Victors [5:23]
21. Good-Bye Moonpie [5:39]
22. Affirmative [5:26]
23. In Geneva/Z.E.R.O [3:56]
24. The Return Of Ella [1:22]
25. Erase [6:45]
26. Bluebonnets & Everything [5:12]
27. Lonely At The Top [3:00]
28. Game To End All Games [1:39]
29. Winner Takes All? [4:19]
30. Closing Credits [5:25]

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Rollerball 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched rollerball for the first time in the theater when it was first released I was playing football in highschool at the time and I returned to the field with such a bizerker mentality I took my team all the way to the state quaterfinals from the underestemated position of nose guard - James Caan plays the hero in this movie and brings a new level to understatment the movie also provides an almost perfect example of art reflection of real life with games shows like american gladiator, survivor, WWF, everywhere you turn these days - with its 198 release on DVD it has held up quite well and showed the empty side of fame we are just now starting to grasp this is an excelent choice for anyone who injoys the mediam of film as well as music Bachs fug in G minor provides a dramactic musical backdrop for this futuristic masterpeace!
Sahyyrian More than 1 year ago
The is one of the all time classic Sci-Fi movies. A strong cast and a great plot with some of the most memorable rollerskating violence ever captured on film. This is a must have for any dvd collection.