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Death Race [DVD]

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • 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 (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G0N1QS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,652 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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`Death Race' is a re-make of the Stalonne movie from the 70's and stars Jason Stratham as a framed prisoner in a futuristic world where convicts are used for entertainment in a web-based show in which they must kill each other in a brutal race. Stratham's character is made an offer where if he takes the place of an severely injured racer, the masked Frankenstein, and wins he is allowed to go free.

It hasn't got the most complex plot, in fact you could probably understand perfectly what is going on if you walked in halfway through but that doesn't stop it from being a very enjoyable action film. The near-futuristic setting, the fast-editing and strong violence make this film very reminiscent of the classic action films of the 70's and 80's, like the original Death Race 2000, The Running Man and the more recent The Condemned.

If you like films with tough good guys, sick and unlikeable bad guys and non-stop action for 100 mins then I definitely recommend this one. 3.5/5.
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. By 2012 the US Economy is completely ruined (guess it doesn't matter who you vote for)
2. Prisons are packed thanks to spiraling unemployment and crime
3. Private corporations run the prisons for profit (Serious business, as there's no money left for a bail-out)
4. Terminal Island Prison runs pay-per-view death races as a fund raiser, using inmates to drive cars tricked out with weapons and armor plating
5. There are no rules except if Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen) says there are
6. Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) is framed for the death of his wife
7. Hennessey makes him an offer he can't refuse
8. He becomes a man in an iron mask, with a killer car (literally), a female navigator (to boost PPV ratings) and a pit crew led by scene stealing Ian McShane.
9. Lots of stunt driving, shooting of big guns and explosions follow, although you really can't tell who's shooting at whom for most of it
10. People die

Typical shoot `em up action movie involving high speed racing in armored cars and lots of bad guys, but with plot holes bigger than those left by the armor-piercing RPG Model 7's.

Statham plays his usual tough guy "Transporter" role, and Tyrese Gibson does everything but sing the Coca Cola jingle as arch rival Machine Gun Joe. They throw in a little inspirational family story to soften it up a little, and a teensy tiny little budding romance with dialogue like:

Jensen Ames: [while driving] Get on my lap.
Case: What?
Jensen Ames: Get on my lap!

Recommended for Statham fans and action movie buffs, but I can't see this one going down as a classic for all time.

Jensen Ames: [to Hennessey] You wanted a monster? Well, you've got one.

Rated: 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards
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NOT REALLY A FAN OF JASON STATHAM . BUT BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE I BOUGHT THE 3RD VERSION (DEATH RACE 3) FIRST ON NORDIC IMPORT NOT LISTED AS DEATH RACE 3 BUT INFERNO .
THE STORY IS OK . PLENTY OF GORE AND A GREAT ARMED TO THE BACKTEETH ARTIC LORRY (PETROL TANKER) COPIED FROM MAD MAX 2 THE ROAD WARRIOR .
A FEW GOOD EXTRA'S AS WELL !
WORTH ADDING TO ANY MOVIE / DVD COLLECTION !
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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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Format: Blu-ray
Title: Death Race / Universal / Region A, B, C
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1
Disc size: 45,44 GB
Subtitles: English SDH / French / Spanish
Number of chapters: 20

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Version: Unrated
Running time: 1:50:35
Movie size: 28,96 GB
Total bit rate: 34.92 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 24.97 Mbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4247 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4247 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 24-bit

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Version: Theatrical
Running time: 1:44:56
Movie size: 25,88 GB
Total bit rate: 32.89 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 32.89 Mbps
Number of chapters: 20

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4253 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4253 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.
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