“One of the Ten Best Films of the Year” – the NY TIMES

“DERBY IS AN IMPORTANT PICTURE FOR ITS TIMES” – VARIETY.

“A GREAT MOVIE ABOUT THE ROLLER DERBY” — SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

“DERBY IS A FASCINATING DOCUMENT” – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“DERBY IS COMPARABLE TO THE BOOK ‘BALL FOUR’ ONLY WITH FOUR LETTER WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY’ — CBS NETWORK

“AMAZING” says Jerry Seltzer, the Commissioner of the great made-in-America sport: Roller Derby – As the television tapes of the sport’s early years were ultimately erased, this very special film contains the only existing footage of the Derby stars pre-1973; the greatest players and the greatest footage of the banked track ever photographed.  AVAILABLE NOW – 45th Anniversary Cut — A Roller Derby movie for Roller Derby fans of all ages, starring the legendary Charlie O’Connell soaring along with the greatest stars of Derby, with digitally enhanced sound and visuals and a new editorial focus on Mike Snell, the local boy from Dayton Ohio, who along with his family, provide a modern insight into a working class world that still exists, even if some of the workers and players are gone. “…EXTRAORDINARY and illuminating sequences.” SF EXAMINER

The Roller Derby is the only one-man-created sport in history, as it was wholly conceived and invented in the 1930’s by Leo Seltzer in Portland Or., matured in Chicago, and perfected by Leo’s scion and much-loved promoter, Commissioner Jerry Seltzer, who continues to support his family business for the pleasure and health and the co-mingling of all human society around a fast banked track. “Nothing compares today to the old days, even if thats a bit sentimental, except the dreams and wishes of young men aiming for fame and fortune –” says William Richert. “And 80 years onward, perhaps in a world Leo Seltzer never imagined, there is still nothing like the Roller Derby.”

  • Actors: Charlie O’Connell
  • Producers: William Richert, Jerry Seltzer
  • Year: 1971
  • Format: Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: williamrichert.com/The Invisible Studio
  • Run Time: 80 minutes

Cast

Mike Snell

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Lydia Clay

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Janet Earp

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Ann Calvello, Derby The Producer's Cut, William Richert

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Charlie O'Connell, Derby The Producer's Cut, William Richert

Charlie O'Connell

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Eddie Krebs

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Butch Snell

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Christina Snell

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Reviews

A DERBY FOR ALL SEASONS -- ROLLER DERBY THAT IS..

★★★★★
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YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS TO BELIEVE IT, since those skaters don't wear football gear or any real kind of protection against hit after hit around a track but they keep on going, and maybe that's the power of this sport unlike any other, a truly All American sport since it was invented by a man named Leo Seltzer from Portland Oregon, who took his idea and family to Chicago in the 30's, not a great time for a start-up of any kind, and parlayed a love of motion and people and action into a sport that has remained an international sensation. This was the first documentary William Richert and Derby scion and impresario Jerry Seltzer made together. The second film was on the world of the American Ballet Theater School in Manhattan -- and there are similarities in the artists in both. Jerry Seltzer I think took an extraordinary gamble on the movie DERBY, as he was not only the sport's owner, but the executive producer of the documentary which some thought cast the Derby skaters as ruffians, and Mike Snell the ostensible anti-hero in the "cinema verite" film (say before "reality" films there was "verite" films) was an obvious outsider-insider married-woman-chaser -- but the confines of his day job in a factory, and his dreams of skating in California, make for a rich story even today, even if his dream never brought him riches -- and it ought to be noted that this is the only remaining footage of the sport taken before 1973, when the television stations erased the Roller Derby tapes. But nobody could ever erase the memories of these skaters and this movie. Totally enthralled with "Derby - The Producer's Cut."

New, improved transfer of acclaimed early 1970's Roller Derby documentary

★★★★★
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This is a very nice new transfer of the acclaimed 1970/71 Roller Derby documentary. I should add that the product is a DVD-R, as opposed to a DVD. The image is clearer than previous transfers. I believe that the film was shot in 16MM originally. If true, a transfer to home video will never resemble GONE WITH THE WIND. The film contrasts Roller Derby life with the aspirations of Mike Snell, a young would-be skater who hopes to join the league. In this new transfer, scenes that were previously quite dark are now much clearer. For example, the viewer gets a clearer view of the Snell basement, in which Mike's younger brother Butch lounges around reading Playboy magazines. Why is that desirable? Well, there are some really cool vintage posters on the walls, which were barely discernible before. For those more interested in the skating than the Snells, this new transfer improves the color values as much as possible. The uniforms of the San Francisco Bay Bombers, Northwest Cardinals, Northeast Braves, and Midwest Pioneers are brighter here, providing plenty of nostalgia for those who watched the Derby telecasts way back when. The film is presented in full-frame, as it was originally photographed.

Best Reality Roller Derby Movie Ever.

★★★★★
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Awesome Movie one of the first Reality Documentary about the beginning of the roller derby as it follows the main characters through the life and struggles of being a professional skater. It made me feel like I was there in the rink with them and really enjoyed the personal aspect of the skaters and there family's.