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  • Actors: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez
  • Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Ukranian
  • Dubbed: Hungarian, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G0N1QS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Sci-fi action adventure based on Paul Bartel's 1975 film 'Death Race 2000'. Jason Statham stars as former racing driver Jensen Ames, who is sent to Terminal Island prison after being framed for the murder of his wife. There, he is forced by the masochistic Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen) to compete in a lethal car race where the contestants must win or die.

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Mayhem rules in Death Race, a head-over-heels remake of the Roger Corman cult classic Death Race 2000, in which cars become lethal weapons. The strength of this new version is its total single-mindedness about vehicular homicide; it has the virtue of no cluttering subplots or simpering sentimentality. And banish all memory of the original's wild satirical comedy: Death Race is as grim as a dinner tray to the face (a reference that will be explained in a key sequence). In a slightly futuristic maximum-security prison, cons take part in brutal races around the island prison, their violent deaths watched live by millions of viewers. Jason Statham, possibly cast because of his driving dexterity in the Transporter movies, plays a man wrongly imprisoned for murder. Joan Allen provides her brittle cool as the warden, who recruits Statham to assume the masked persona of a legendary driver called Frankenstein. Tyrese Gibson is Frankie's main rival, Natalie Martinez provides the fetching eye candy, but the acting honours go to Ian McShane, as the philosophical prison mechanic. One misses the cross-country race from the original film, as the setting here is claustrophobic and the cars are largely colorless and indistinguishable from each other. Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) continues to display the sensibility of a video-game addict, which will either be a recommendation or a turn-off, depending on your own tastes. At least it doesn't have the hypocritical moral blathering of something like the somewhat similar Condemned--who knew you could be so grateful for simple, straight-forward head-bashing? --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graham Rigby on 12 Mar. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I really got into Jason Statham through The Transporter films, with their tongue-in-cheek violence and humour. This film is darker, slicker and even more entertaining, with some seriously lethal hardware in the form of armoured race cars roaring round a prison compound racetrack trying to blast each other to smithereens. Definitely one for the blokes! It's supposed to be a remake of Death Race 2000 from the 70s, but bears no resemblance to it other than the name of the lead character - Frankenstein. Notwithstanding, it's a highly enjoyable romp that doesn't tax the brain too much. If you can watch it in Hi-Def with surround sound and a six-pack of lager then so much the better.
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Taken at face value, this is a cracking mix of prison movie and futuristic thriller.
The stunts/FX look mostly for real, with CG kept to the minimum.
The tooled up cars are the stars here, especially with all the added firepower (spikes, miniguns, RPGs, Napalm etc). The races & chases are the best and most violent since 1981's Mad Max 2 (and better than in the enjoyable Doomsday) and check out one of THE best car rolls that I've ever seen!
A good ensemble cast for this type of movie, and Jason Statham must have spent months in the gym - loved the Slipknot syle mask that Statham races
in too. It's highly stylised action, and the editing/photography is first rate.
Clearly a decent budget; the minigun bullets alone must have cost a packet!
Interesting nod to The Last Boy Scout at the movie's VERY satisying denouement.
Pitched in USA 2012, after an economic collapse, the background to this looks disturbingly credible at this time...
The director takes some stick at times, but this film delivers exactly as it promises, and despite the fact it's big & dumb, it gets the 4 stars from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
In the near future America's jails are privately run for profit, and the most profitable thing about them are the Death Races, very violent rally car races with offenders at the wheel that are screened to the waiting masses in a fashion reminiscent of the Caesars' circuses in ancient Rome, providing enough bloody spectacle to keep the bored populance amused.

Jason Statham is framed for murder and brought into a prison specifically to be a racing driver, replacing recently (but secretly) deceased legendary masked driver Frankenstein. It's all a lot of fun as he tries to survive on the race track and at the same time works out who really killed his wife and how to take revenge. The grand finale is all rather well done and highly entertaining.

The movie makers have obviously immersed themselves in the prison movie genre, and no hoary old cliché is left unclichéd. Many scenes are reminiscent of Shawshank Redemption (with TV's very own Lovejoy Ian McShane adding the gravitas in the Morgan Freeman role of old prison hand and mentor) and the setting of the prison on an island almost has to be homage to all those Alcatraz movies. The scenes when Statham is first introduced to the inmates look like a Face/Off rip off. But while it might not be original it is exceedingly well done, meting out lots of exciting car racing, a fairly easy to follow plot and a grand thrilling finale in which you know what the result is going to be, it's just fun seeing the inventive way in which they get there.

The film is a remake of the 1970's Roger Corman classic `Deathcar 2000'. It is a total reinvention, but still pretty effective and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
In the near future America's jails are privately run for profit, and the most profitable thing about them are the Death Races, very violent rally car races with offenders at the wheel that are screened to the waiting masses in a fashion reminiscent of the Caesars' circuses in ancient Rome, providing enough bloody spectacle to keep the bored populance amused.

Jason Statham is framed for murder and brought into a prison specifically to be a racing driver, replacing recently (but secretly) deceased legendary masked driver Frankenstein. It's all a lot of fun as he tries to survive on the race track and at the same time works out who really killed his wife and how to take revenge. The grand finale is all rather well done and highly entertaining.

The movie makers have obviously immersed themselves in the prison movie genre, and no hoary old cliché is left unclichéd. Many scenes are reminiscent of Shawshank Redemption (with TV's very own Lovejoy Ian McShane adding the gravitas in the Morgan Freeman role of old prison hand and mentor) and the setting of the prison on an island almost has to be homage to all those Alcatraz movies. The scenes when Statham is first introduced to the inmates look like a Face/Off rip off. But while it might not be original it is exceedingly well done, meting out lots of exciting car racing, a fairly easy to follow plot and a grand thrilling finale in which you know what the result is going to be, it's just fun seeing the inventive way in which they get there.

The film is a remake of the 1970's Roger Corman classic `Deathcar 2000'. It is a total reinvention, but still pretty effective and entertaining.
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