Rollercoaster

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Overview

The thriller Rollercoaster comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and crew, and the trailer. This is a fine release from Universal that will please genre enthusiasts.
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Overview

The thriller Rollercoaster comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and crew, and the trailer. This is a fine release from Universal that will please genre enthusiasts.
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Special Features

Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Although it is often lumped in with the disaster films of the 1970s, this film is more of a suspense thriller with a bit of disaster-style spectacle thrown in to up the ante. As a result, Rollercoaster has aged better than other films with the "disaster movie" tag and is likely to entertain viewers who don't normally like such fare. The key to its appeal lies in an excellent script by veteran Columbo scribes Richard A. Levinson and William Link that takes the time to give some dimension to its characters and builds to a memorably tense cat-and-mouse finale. Rollercoaster's appeal is further aided by skillful acting from a cast of old pros: George Segal's warm, low-key performance as Harry makes him a believable, appealingly down-to-earth variation on the usual detective hero and Timothy Bottoms avoids the usual psycho clichés in his villainous role, instead creating someone whose is scary because of his devious intellect. James Goldstone's direction doesn't lend the film the kind of flair a more style-conscious director would have brought to the proceedings, but his solid craftsmanship keeps the film moving along smoothly and he achieves some truly effective set pieces, especially the nerve-jangling roller-coaster bombing near the beginning and the tense chase finale at Magic Mountain. It's also worth noting that the film boasts an impressive Lalo Schifrin score that ranges from Herrmann-esque strings for the suspense scenes to mellow jazz for the more tranquil moments. In the end, Rollercoaster doesn't boast the high-octane thrills or epic-scale carnage of a film like The Poseidon Adventure, but it's quite involving on its own modest terms and well worth a look to fans of 1970s thrillers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • UPC: 025192043925
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,069

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Segal Harry Calder
Richard Widmark Agent Hoyt
Timothy Bottoms Young Man
Henry Fonda Simon Davenport
Harry Guardino Lt. Keefer
Susan Strasberg Fran
Roger Steffens Radio Technician
Ava Readdy
Helen Hunt Tracy Calder
Dorothy Tristan Helen
Harry Davis Benny
Stephen Pearlman Park Manager Lyons
Gerald Rowe Wayne Moore
Michael Patrick Bell Damerest
Charlie Tuna Rock Concert M.C.
Lonny Stevens Federal Agent
Tom Baker Federal Agents
Craig Wasson Hippie
William Prince Quinlan
Dick McGarvin Owner #1
Harry Basch Owner #3
Arthur Peterson Owner
Richard Altman Mandell
Gloria Calomee Jackie
Robert Quarry Mayor
Jean Rasey Girl in Line
Bruce Kimball Bomb Squad #1
Bruce French Bomb Squad #2
Stephen Mendillo Bomb Squad #3
Larry Holt Bomb Squad #4
Gene Tyburn Bomb Squad
Bill Sorrells Selby
Monica Lewis Tourist Mother
Dick Wesson Tourist Father
Dave Milton Man in Robe
David Byrd Pet Store Owner
Henry Olek Smoking Technician
Bill Saito Oriental Man
Mark Thomas Agent
J. Michael Hunter Shooting Gallery Attendant
Tara Buckman Coaster Attendant
Wayne Tippet Police Captain Christie
Quinn K. Redeker Owner #2
Joe George Guard
Technical Credits
James Goldstone Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Edward A. Biery Editor
William Birch Camera Operator
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Peter Burrell Asst. Director
Tommy Cook Associate Producer
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Kazanjian Executive Producer
Jennings Lang Producer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Richard A. Levinson Original Story, Screenwriter
William Link Original Story, Screenwriter
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Rick Sharp Makeup
Sanford Sheldon Original Story
Richard M. Sprague Editor
L. Andrew Stone Asst. Director
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Jesse Wayne Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. The Park Comes To Life/ Opening Credits [:15]
2. Carnival Freaks [3:40]
3. The Standard Bearer [:22]
4. A Slice Of Wonder World [7:38]
5. Simon Says [2:03]
6. Bugging Out In Chicago [4:24]
7. Asserting Interstate Authority [2:19]
8. A Daring Drop In Virginia [5:27]
9. Uneasy Allies [:59]
10. Do You Believe In Magic [3:23]
11. Counter-rebolutionaries [3:26]
12. The Bomb Squad [1:50]
13. Plan "b" [6:06]
14. Thrown For A Loop [2:24]
15. Mr. Freak's Final Ride [5:43]
16. Kicking The Habit / End Credits [7:26]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast And Filmmakers
         George Segal
         Timothy Bottoms
         Susan Straberg
         Richard Widmark
         Harry Guardino
         Henry Fonda
         James Goldstone
      Theatrical Trailer
      Universal Web Links
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages
      Captions And Subtitles
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sentimental Reasons

    We got this video because it has the old Ocean View rollercoaster in it. That rollercoaster has since been demoed. It was actually destroyed before I was born, but I've heard many stories about it from my parents, and my husband remembers it, so it was neat to see it. It can also be a lesson in late 60's fashion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''ROLLER COASTER CRAZE OF THE CENTURY''

    I was 6 years old when it came out in the summer of 1977. When I saw this movie for my first time for, I thought this just be another low budget film, but instead it turn out cool because of all the Theme Parks. What of course was the bad guy Tim bottoms who play a role of blowing up roller coasters hating the machines we ride. Since, it was a movie who in their right mind to do something crazy as blowing up roller coasters. We need thoughs thrill rides to keep us having fun from Disney Land in California to Six flags Great America in Illinois the state I live in. The Revolution Roller Coaster I saw it first in the movie Roller Coaster, and then with a different name in National Lampoons Vacation with Chevy Chase. Keep the Roller Coaster Enthusiasts Craze year round.

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    Posted January 28, 2010

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