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Death Race (Unrated Edition) (2008)

Jason Statham , Tyrese Gibson , Paul W.S. Anderson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Joan Allen, Natalie Martinez
  • Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Writers: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Producers: Paul W.S. Anderson, Paula Wagner, Jeremy Bolt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ILHY1I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Race (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Start Your Engines: Making a Death Race
  • Behind the Wheel: Dissecting the Stunts
  • Feature Commentary with Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt (Unrated Version Only)

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Welcome to the Death Race, where hardened convicts and smoking-hot navigators race tricked-out cars in the most twisted spectator sport on Earth! Sentenced to the world's most dangerous prison for a murder he did not commit, Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) has only one chance to get out alive - win the ultimate race to the death. Also starring Tyrese Gibson, Death Race is a "supercharged, sick and satisfying” (Nathan Lee, The New York Times) ride that will keep you pinned to your seat all the way to its insane, metal-crushing end!

    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 honors 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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    32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    Death Race (Unrated Edition) (Unrated Edition DVD) was released in 2008-12-21 and contains some scenes which are wasn't in the Theathrical release.
    The back cover of DVD tells that there is additional 6 min in Unrated version, but there is no any list of what exactly was added.
    Here is the list of these additions made by comparing of two versions. Feel free to correct it.

    Only significant changes:

    1. Scene at the steel mill where the cops come features Jensen egging them on as they attack his fellow coworkers.

    2. Cafeteria scene shows the spit actually hitting Jensen's food. Small scene afterward of Ulrich leading Jensen to the Warden's office, telling him that the Warden punishes prisoners "who mess with her drivers."

    3. The fate of Jensen's cell mates. (You don't actually see anything happen, just sound effects)

    4. Small 15 second scene of Case giving details on how the buttons work during the race: "All four wheels must hit the button at the same time."

    5. The machine guns stop working on the front of the Mustang and Case hangs out the window, hitting them with a wrench as the other cars shoot at her. (Probably the longest scene removed from the theatrical release)

    6. A few cuts of Grimm's car interior logrolling before it gets launched into the air.

    7. Quick cuts of the napalm flames engulfing Travis Colt before his car blows.

    8. When Jensen initially attacks Pachenko, he admits that Hennessey and Ulrich did it, and we see a sort of flashback to him and Ulrich sitting in a car watching Jensen step out of the bus.

    9. Case make small talk and asks Jensen what his real name is as the two modified Death Race cars speed across the Terminal Prison bridge.

    Nothing really significantly different. A little more extended, but not by much, and nothing really improved upon as far as being more-violent and showing more gore than the theatrical release.
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great guilty pleasure August 23, 2008
    I hate just about every Paul W.S. Anderson film, but he actually pulled this one off. The action scenes are intense, helped by the use of practical effects, rather than CGI overkill. Just wait until you see the tanker truck getting flipped in slow motion. Almost as cool as the semi truck flip in The Dark Knight. Jason Statham is the action star of this decade. The man has muscles everywhere and does the most with his limited acting range. Ian McShane of HBO's Deadwood is given some good lines and is one of the more memorable characters in the movie. I hope he gets more big screen parts in the future. Joan Allen turns in performance I could have never pictured her doing before today, and it worked.

    Death race will likely give you a headache with it's shaky camera movements and some of the dialogue could have used some work, but I had a great time. If your of the male gender, the cars, guns, explosions and babes will keep you entertained.

    3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars
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    41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars You wanted a monster? Well, you've got one. September 22, 2008
    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, September 22, 2008
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    20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein! Frankenstein! Frankenstein! December 24, 2008
    I didn't expect much from this movie but I am sure glad I watched it. I was a fan of the campy Roger Corman origional and was glad to see that this movie did not disregard the origional. Jason Statham was excellent as he is in just about all his movies. The guy is the action star of NOW. Joan Allen was very good as the menacing and hot MILF warden. The cars, the guns, and the action were all top notch and this movie is one heck of a fun and action packed movie. Oh, and don't forget the hot babes too!

    If you like good nonstop action and good actors wrapped around it climb in start your engine and hang on!
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    Again: why this title dont have portuguese subtitles
    Probably the sales is not that significant in Brazil.
    Nov 25, 2009 by Carlos Tavares |  See all 2 posts
    Does Jason Clarke have a big role in the movie?
    I just caught this on FX today and if Jason Clarke is your primary reason for watching, you'll be disappointed. He's around a fair amount, but mostly relegated to standing there looking menacing with little to no dialogue. Bit of a letdown since he's such a great actor.
    Mar 24, 2011 by TVBrittanyF |  See all 3 posts
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