THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN
RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN
LEGEND OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN
HAWK: WARRIOR OF THE WHEELZONE
were created by Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw
◆ Scott Shaw, International Action Star and Martial Arts Master
◆ Karen Black, Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner
◆ Don Stroud, Clint Eastwood Co-Star
◆ William Smith, Clint Eastwood Co-Star and Ultimate Hollywood Bad Guy
◆ Joe Estevez, Indie Film Demigod
◆ Frank Stallone, Co-Star of such films as Barfly and Tombstone
◆ Jill Kelly, Adult Film Superstar in her first on-screen role
◆ Allison Chase, Emmy Winner
◆ Rhonda Shear, Host of USA's Up All Night and former Miss USA
There was a great cast of co-stars that brought Roller Blade Seven to life; including: Selina Jayne (Spirit Helper), Claudia Scholtz (Kabuki), Kenneth H. Kim (Utility Ninja), Roger Ellis (Stealth), Sam Mann (from the original Roller Blade films), Mark Richardson (Chopper), David Skinner (Mohawk), Mark Williams (Heavy Metal), Diana Cuevsas, (Ninja Girl), Jade East and Madison Monk, to name only a few.
The Roller Blade Seven: The Story of the Production
THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN AKA LEGEND OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN and RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN were the first two films created in the unique style of filmmaking known as Zen Filmmaking.
The ROLLER BLADE SEVEN and its sequel were filmed at several spectacular locations. They include:
◆ Bronson Cave. A great Hollywood landmark and shooting location that has been used in numerous films and television series including its use as The Bat Cave in the 1960s television series, Batman.
◆ The Sepulveda Dam. A functioning dam and filming location for such films as, Escape from New York.
◆ Vasquez Rocks. This location has been seen in numerous films including Donald G. Jackson's, Hell Comes to Frogtown.
◆ The L.A. River Basin. A location used in numerous films and television series.
◆ The Griffith Observatory. A Hollywood landmark and location used in such films as, Terminator.
◆ El Mirage Dry Lake where numerous films, commercials, and music videos have been shot; from the 1930s forward.
The Roller Blade Seven was filmed on 16mm film. The primary cameras that were used were the Aaton XTR, the Arriflex BL, the Bolex Rex 4 with a 24p motor, and the Canon Scoopic.
There was over one-hundred hours of actual filmed footage that was used to create the final edits of The Roller Blade Seven and Return of the Roller Blade Seven.
The Original Roller Blade Seven Press Release
Scott Shaw Roller Blade Seven Signed Photographs
POSTERS & TEE SHIRTS:
The Scott Shaw Poster Gallery
Someone, we are told it was not the band, did this mashup video intermingling Roller Blade Seven footage with a live performance of the band Skinny Puppy. Pretty cool!
Roller Blade Seven was released to numerous countries around the world. Its various titles have included:
- Filo Letal AKA Lethal Edge
- A Szamuráj útja AKA The Samurai Path
- Patinadores do Futuro AKA Skaters of the Future
- Brygada Siedmiu Mieczy AKA Brigade of the Seven Swords
- Las 7 Espadas del Apocalipsis AKA The 7 Swords of Revelation
- A görkorcsolya 7 legendája AKA The Legend of the Seven Skaters
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Click on the titles below.
Check out the film, Hawk: Warrior of the Wheelzone, for a different version of The Roller Blade Seven and a rare glimpse into the Zen Filmmaking legacy of Scott Shaw and Donald G. Jackson. This version of the film was created when Jackson asked Shaw to go back into the two films a reconstruct a more action-adventure orientated feature. This was done at a time when Jackson was seeking financing for the team to make another sequel to Roller Blade Seven titled, Wheelzone Rangers.
THE LEGEND OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN
As it was meant to be seen. Not the unauthorized VHS version.
RB7: THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN TRILOGY
All three films: Roller Blade Seven, Return of the Roller Blade Seven, and Hawk: Warrior of the Wheelzone, on one DVD.
THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN LITE
A new, PG version of RB7 has recently been released. Gone is the nudity making it a more family-friendly film.
SZAMURAJ UTIA: THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN RETURN IN HUNGARIAN
Sometime things are better spoken in a language you do not understand.
This is a Wild Ride re-edited version of The Roller Blade Seven dubbed in the Hungarian language.
RE-RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN This is a RARE, Wild Ride, Never-Released, Re-Mastered, Screening Copy of a film titled, RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN. This is not, however, the Director's Cut or the version of the film RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN created by the filmmakers: Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw. Thus, it has been Re-Tilted, RE-RETURN OF THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN. This is an alternative version edition by people outside of the primary filmmaking team who merged scenes from the two films. This version of the film provides an interesting look into the re-thinking of The Roller Blade Seven.
ROLLER BLADE SEVEN ZEN DOCUMENTARIES:
The film, Interview, is a Scott Shaw Zen Documentary providing a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN.
ROLLERBLADE SEVEN: THE UNSEEN SCENES
During the 1991 creation of The Roller Blade Seven and its sequel, Return of the Roller Blade Seven, the filmmakers: Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw shot over twenty-four hours of 16mm footage. Much of that footage was never used for the final edits of these two feature films. Narrated by Scott Shaw, this Zen Documentary explores the unused footage, has interviews and interactions with cast and crew, and takes the viewer behind the scenes of these Cult Film Classics.
THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN: THE UNSEEN SCENES LITE
Here is the version of The Roller Blade Seven: The Unseen Scenes where the adult images have been blurred making it a more family-friendly viewing experience.
BOOKS ON OR ABOUT THE ROLLER BLADE SEVEN:
The Roller Blade Seven: A Photographic Exploration
Step behind the scenes and witness the birth of Zen Filmmaking and the Cult Film Classic The Roller Blade Seven through hundreds of never before seen photographs.
Much of the dialogue in these films came from two books written by Scott Shaw:
Essence The Zen of Everything
Over the years there has been a lot of speculation about the characters, the true meaning of the scenes, the use of dialogue, and the creative process used in the creation of The Roller Blade Seven. To provide a detailed explanation of this film, Scott Shaw devoted a chapter in his book, Zen Filmmaking, that explains the creation of this film. Click on the title to pick up your copy and find out what really took place.
There is a great discourse on The Roller Blade Seven and an interview with Scott Shaw on Zen Filmmaking in a book by Michael Adams, Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made.
Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film
This book provides an interesting extended review of RB7. Though the reviewer focused on the VHS release (which is different from the DVD release) of Legend of the Roller Blade Seven and confused the charter played by Don Stroud with that of Joe Estevez. But, it is amusing.
The Psychotronic Video Guide To Film also has an extended review of The Roller Blade Seven. Though this author somewhat confuses the title and the release history, it too is humorous.
From the moment The Roller Blade Seven was first released, over twenty-five years ago, there has been an enormous amount of discussion about this film. There are some very funny reviews out there in magazines, books, and on the internet about this film. A few of the published reviews and discussions are detailed above. As the online reviews come and go we no longer link to them. There was even a couple of music videos made by using the footage from this film many years ago and one recently. The fact is, though a lot of people speak about and discuss this film, (both loving it and hating it), much of the discussion about the creative process and the mindset employed to make this film is incorrect. What people assume happened did not actually occur. Even some of the cast and crew members have gotten it wrong when they have spoken about this film to the media. As they were not there through the whole process of production and post production, they could not have truly understood our process. With the passing of Donald G. Jackson over a decade ago, I am the only person left who knows the truth about the creation of this film and its sequel(s). So, if you want the facts, ask me.
ROLLER BLADE SEVEN PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION STILLS:
Fun in the Production Office:
Scott Shaw, Rhonda Shear, Donald G. Jackson
Donald G. Jackson, Jill Kelly, Scott Shaw.
Jill Kelly, Mark Williams, Scott Shaw.
Behind the Scenes:
Kabuki in Makeup.
Scott Shaw and Karen Black on the set.
Scott Shaw and Frank Stallone on the set with Ron Chapman in the background.
Scott Shaw and Rhonda Shear on the set.
Jill Kelly, her first time on a movie set.
Sam Mann, Kabuki, (Claudia Scholtz), William Smith, Allison Chase, and Scott Shaw.
Karen Black preparing for a shot.
Some of the Production Team:
The Original Roller Blade Seven:
There has long been a discussion about why there was not actually a crew of seven members in the Roller Blade Seven. We explain this as Roller Blade Seven is the ultimate level of human consciousness in Return of the Roller Blade Seven. But yes, originally there were the Roller Blade Seven. Here is a photograph of the actual Roller Blade Seven on the first day of filming. Most of these characters never made it past the first weekend of production, however.
Poster Studio Shoot:
Donald G. Jackson, Allison Chase, and Scott Shaw on completion of the first weekend of filming, October 1991.
Frank Stallone and Scott Shaw, January 2017. The Roller Blade Seven Lives!