In the year 2018 violence has been outlawed and corporations have replaced government as the ruling party following the demise of politics. With the absence of war or conflict, a forcibly passive population's bloodlust is satisfied by a brutal new sport known as Rollerball. A high-octane melding of the outlawed sports of the past, the worldwide phenomenon of Rollerball has resulted in a corporate-backed sensation. The most popular athlete in the world, Jonathan E. (James Caan) has steadily risen through the ranks to become a legendary veteran of the sport. When the corporate backers of Rollerball begin to fear that Jonathan's popularity has instilled him with a potentially dangerous amount of power, a thunderous struggle between man's free will and the oppression of the masses threatens to shatter the fragile strings that the puppet masters use to manipulate mankind. His determination to remain with the sport flying in the face of the very reason Rollerball was conceived, the corporate rulers hatch a plot to abandon the rules in hopes that Jonathan will be killed and their grip of power will remain an unyielding chokehold on an increasingly bloodthirsty populace. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
It seems to me that Blockbuster can better handle situations where a movie has been remade one or more times and has the exact same title. In Rollerball's case there is a 1975 version and a 2002 version. Unfortunately the only way for you to verify that you are holding the 2002 version DVD is to read the fine print around the hub where it says copyright 2001. The disc is one of those anoying two sided discs so it does not have graphics on one side that clearly show what movie you're holding. I don't know what the Rollerball 1975 version looks like yet because they sent me the wrong DVD.
This movie drags on for so long, and the idea of mixing up all of this action with a real story, introducing characters that make no sense, it kinda makes it confusing as to what is really going on. Lets just say there is too much for this movie and it needs to be toned down.