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."