By Scott Shaw
I wanted to take a moment and discuss the movie, The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven as I still receive a number of questions about this film.
To tell the story, Donald G. Jackson and I completed The Roller Blade Seven and Return of the Roller Blade Seven in early 1992. These two films premiered and were released at the 1992 American Film Market where they were sold to a number of international markets. The Executive Producer made a lot of money on these films. But, I was never paid a dime for my substantial contribution to these two films, though payment was contractually promised.
Soon after the 1992 American Film Market, as is so often the case in Hollywood, we the filmmakers: Donald G. Jackson and myself got backstabbed. The Executive Producer decided the two features would market better as a single film. So, without telling us, she broke all of our contracts and had the films reedited, titling the new version, Legend of the Roller Blade Seven.
When one views Legend of the Roller Blade Seven, in comparison to The Roller Blade Seven and Return of the Roller Blade Seven, one can truly see the ineptitude of the Re-Editors. They simply took scenes I had edited from the original features and combined them into one film. Oftentimes, they misaligned the music hits which we had added to the original films. So, several visual situations occur and the hit goes off either too soon or too late. They also added some bad narration. The Executive Producer also deleted many of our cast and crew credits—most notably my Producer credit. Basically, our vision was destroyed. As such, in no way did Donald G. Jackson or I ever endorse the version of the film, Legend of the Roller Blade Seven, sometimes titled Legend of the Rollerblade 7—though this was the version which was widely released in the U.S. on VHS, was shown on late night TV, and, for a time, was much easier to find.
Some people have mistakenly assumed that Legend of the Roller Blade Seven was the third installment of The Roller Blade Seven Trilogy. This is incorrect. The third film was to be titled, Wheelzone Rangers. Though Donald G. Jackson and I intended to make this film, and a few times actually attempted to bring it up, this never occurred. At least not so far.
The fact that our cinematic vision was taken away from us, the creators of the film, truly bother Donald G. Jackson throughout the remaining years of his life. In fact, he was far more upset about it than I.
As time went on and I was able to acquire all of the rights to the films, it became clear that I needed to take control of the Zen Filmmaking legacy and re-release Legend of the Roller Blade Seven which I did on DVD. I did this in order to countermand all of the damage: creative, emotional, financial, and otherwise that was instigated by the actions of the Executive Producer. The version I released was and is the intended version of the film. Thus, except for the title, the DVD releases of the films Legend of the Roller Blade Seven and The Roller Blade Seven are the same movie. Take your choice. The old VHS version of Legend of the Roller Blade Seven is not the creator authorized version of the film and is not endorsed in any way.
That’s the story. I trust it will help you in understanding the evolution of The Roller Blade Seven.
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