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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DVD Evaders: The Unholy Rollers (1972)

The Roger Corman produced THE UNHOLY ROLLERS skated unto the scene on November 10th, 1972. Produced on the cheap to rival Warner Brothers' own roller derby movie, The Raquel Welch starring KANSAS CITY BOMBER, Unholy ended up becoming more of a success... and ultimately a much more satisfying experience. Unholy's star, the devastatingly beautiful Claudia Jennings, turns in a dynamic and gritty portrayal of a woman trying to gain some respect in a sport which most dismiss or simply look at as a reason for eye candy. Claudia's trials and tribulations as Karen Walker are the central focus of the movie, and she really comes into her own with the role. She gets to kick a lot of ass, and even challenge our idea as an audience of what an attractive leading lady can be on the screen. She's not just a babe, she's a force to be reckoned with. Sadly this Corman production (side note: This was Martin Scorsese's first feature film editing job) from American International Pictures hasn't seen the light of day on DVD. But there's hope it will. Roller Derby is still very much alive, and with recent films like Drew Barrymore's Whip It getting heavy rotation on Cable, hopefully someone will get their act together to make it happen. It's so worth the ride.

4 comments:

Amanda By Night said...

I saw this in the theater a few years ago at a Claudia Jennings tribute. I couldn't believe someone put together a tribute for her and I was beside myself (afterwards they did a retrospective on Pam Grier. I was there ALL day). It's my favorite film of hers. She's so powerful in this movie and the whole thing is a trip.

I just recently went to my first roller derby show last year. The whole scene is incredible. Even now.

Jay Amabile said...

damn, it sucks that it's not on DVD...I'd really like to see this one!

Andrew Green said...

This looks like a sexy little number....
Thanks for putting it on my radar.

The Spooky Vegan said...

Sounds like a great flick!

I really hope they release it on DVD some day.

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