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Matrix directors Andy and Larry Wachowski's updating of a cult 1960s anime. Born into a family of racing nuts, 18-year-old Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is taking the racing world by storm. Racing his father's designed 'Mach 5', a gadget laden speed machine, his combination of fearless talent and sheer aggression has led him to be the talk of the racing fraternity. Fiercely loyal to his family, Speed Racer's main aim is to emulate his late brother Rex's (Scott Porter) achievements, and win the tough cross-country rally, 'The Crucible,' in which his brother died. But when he turns down a lucrative offer to drive for rival Royalton Industries, he soon discovers that they fix the outcome of all the major races in the country. Now, with Royalton out to stop him at all costs, he realises he must win every race, including 'The Crucible', if he is to defeat Royalton and save the family business.

Starring:
Paulie Litt, Roger Allam
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 15 minutes
Starring Paulie Litt, Roger Allam, Kick Gurry, John Goodman, Ji Moon Jung, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Scott Porter, Richard Roundtree, Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci
Director Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
Genres Thriller
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 10 November 2008
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 15 minutes
Starring Paulie Litt, Roger Allam, Kick Gurry, John Goodman, Ji Moon Jung, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Scott Porter, Richard Roundtree, Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci
Director Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
Genres Thriller
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 10 November 2008
Main languages English
Subtitles Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, German, Danish, Dutch, French, English, Chinese, Korean

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a movie based on a popular japanese cartoon series of the 60's that developed quite a following in american when it was shown - redubbed - over there. apparently. because I'd never heard much about it before and thus I was able to approach this movie as a member of the general viewing public rather than a die hard fan.

Speed racer is the name of the title character of the film. and he's a young man who drives race cars for his family race team. not quite over the death of his elder brother after a fall from grace as a driver, speed is offered a role driving for a team run by an industrialist. saying no reveals to him how corrupt the sport is. despite finding he has a few allies out there, it's a long hard road for speed to become a champion and clean up the sport.

the directing and the style of the film tries to make it look like what is basically a live action cartoon. whilst this can be a bit jarring for the first fifteen minutes, not least thanks to some rather obvious cgi backgrounds, you do get used to it after that. the inventive use of editing and some beuatifully coloured scenery only adds to the effect.

The cast are all pretty good - especially the chief villain - and as an adventure story it's not bad. You will find yourself getting quite caught in some of the race action. Yet thie may not quite succeed in grabbing all the age groups. spritle, speeds young brother, and his pet monkey are comedy support characters and are clearly meant to be charming and funny but they're horribly irritating. although if you're of their age group then you'll probably love them. trouble is that age group will want to see fast races and excitiement, and they may get bored during all the character stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ant Etches on 17 July 2009
Format: DVD
Speed Racer is the Wachowski Brothers' take on the classic 1960's Japanese animated series Speed Racer (known as Mach GoGoGo in its Japanese manga form). The series was in the famous anime style, and the brothers do their best to imitate the look, feel and style of the show as best they can, whilst using full actors instead of voice-overs. This is worth noting because some of the many flaws of the film are simply aspects of the show that have been faithfully adapted. However, this still doesn't excuse the film for its main weak points.

The film follows the story of a racing driver called Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch). (Pretty cheesey name, but this was part of the original series so you can't criticise the film for this.) He becomes a racing driver after his older and successful but reckless brother Rex dies on a particularly dangerous course. Speed follows in his footsteps and becomes a successful driver with the help of his mechanic, Sparky. His parents (John Goodman and Susan Sarandon) are worried he will meet a similar fate to his brother, but they support him. He has a supportive girlfriend (Christina Ricci), and a little brother called Stridle, who hangs out with the pet chimp, Chim Chim.

Then there's some plot about corporate corruption, stemming from Royalton (Roger Allam) a racing company boss, and it is up to Speed, along with the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) to stop the evil deeds through their racing, or something.

"What the heck, it's just a plot! Who needs it when we can give them endless scenes of car races?!", seems to the the thinking of the Wachowkis here. They previously showed their visual flair in the dark and gloomy Matrix trilogy, but Speed Racer's visuals couldn't be more different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bruce on 5 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having seen this on one of the movie channels a year or so ago i decided to buy it @ under a fiver on blu ray i felt it was a bargain. The story as many reviewers before me have pointed out is a pretty straight forward well worn one and does work well.
However the main reason for buying this was not to re watch it at my leisure but thanks to the amazing colours & eyepopping visuals that take place during the races,show how amazing high definition films can truly be.
I have several friends who are still on the fence regarding blu-ray & the whole HD Debate & i find the best way to showcase the quality that HD can truly capture is encapsulated in the film speed racer. The Watchowski brothers (now known as the watchowski siblings as one of them is currently aiming to go through gender re-assignment proceedure)are masters in pushing the CGI & visual effect envelope as with the blu ray box set of the matrix trilogy which also shows off to a lesser level the wonders of HD speed racer with its Fully CGI Raceways & the explosions of colour from carribean sea blue to sickly Candy cane pink & the million colours in between really turns the OTT Meter up to 11!!

Thats not to take anything away from the film 4 stars for that but thanks to the full use it makes of the HD format it knocks it up to a full 5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Brasky on 30 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
The film follows Speed Racer, a young racing whizz kid, like Lewis Hamilton, who is racing in memory of his older brother Rex Racer, who died in a dangerous road race. Royalton industries offers to buy Speed for his racing team but he refuses and joins forces with the mysterious Racer X to bring down the corrupt Royalton.

The film itslef is very visual with lots of bright colours which put off a lot of reviews. However, this film is trying to be a live action anime, and it succeds and for that I can't fault it. As for the plot, its quite engaging with some very good turns from Matthew Fox as the mysterious Racer X and Emile Hirsch as Speed.

I only gave this 3/5 stars because there wasn't enough of Racer X and his mystery wasn't built up enough. Also the Wachowski brothers have missed a trick by not making this a 3-D film, which really would have made this a psychadelic visual feast.

As for the DVD extras, there aren;t many and given the extensive technology that was needed to make this, you would have thought there would have been more.

Overall, a good film that could have been better in 3-D. Hopefully there will be a 2-disc version out soon and thats worth waiting for.
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