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Speed Racer - Episodes 12-23

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Speed Racer is back again! Now, for the first time ever, these original episodes (12-23) are available on this special collector's edition DVD. Follow Speed and his turbo-charged Mach-5 as he races around the globe and defeats colorful villains.

In this second set of adventures, Speed and his friends race against a madman's robot-controlled car in "Race for Revenge." Trixie gets jealous when Speed pays too much attention to the pretty title character in "The Girl Daredevil." In "The Desperate Desert Race," the gang is taken prisoner by rebel army leader Ali ben Schemer, a character who may offend Arab-American viewers.

When Mach Go Go Go debuted in syndication in the U.S. as Speed Racer in 1967, the series had been extensively re-edited to excise much of the violence. These edits cause some continuity problems: in "Girl Daredevil," new tires appear on the Mach-5 between two scenes, and a villain steals the car, although it was out of gas minutes earlier. As the exploits of Speed, Trixie, Sparks, Spritle, and Chim Chim remain a touchstone for fans who grew up watching them, members of Gen-Y are unlikely to be troubled by these awkward moments. (Unrated, suitable for ages 6 and older: cartoon violence, tobacco use, minor ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Katsuji Mori, Peter Fernandez, Corinne Orr, Jack Grimes, Jack Curtis
  • Writers: Peter Fernandez, Tatsuo Yoshida
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Collector's Edition, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US62S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Speed Racer - Episodes 12-23" on IMDb

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At a low price, you get some of the better Speed Racer episodes from the 1960s cartton series. This isn't any recent Speed Racer movies or any further cheapening of the original, this is the original featured in its original form.
These are the next installment of six episodes [two half-hour segments a piece]. Included are some of my all-time Speed Racer episodes: "The Fire Race" (with the mysterious Kabala), "The Dangerous Desert Race", and probably my all-time favorite Speed Racer episode: "The Fastest Car on Earth" (where Speed must race against a car so fast and dangerous that no man can drive it).
Speed Racer is a highly original and unique series that never got the recognition it deserved. It's high quality animation for all ages. I loved Speed Racer as a child growing up in the 1970s. They don't make cartoons this cool anymore.
I highly recommend this DVD for fans. There's a few extras too. But overall, the original episodes are presented in decent quality with good sound quality as well. You won't be disappointed. At a low cost, this set can be considered a "volumne two" to complement last year's Speed Racer DVD package.
Oh, the box comes in a cool carton that lights up and plays a snipplet of the theme song. Pretty cool!
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This second of a projected 4-volume set collecting the entirety of the 1960s Speed Racer features several solid adventures and two of the character's very best. Speed Racer episodes are about evenly split between one- and two-parters. All the stuff here is two-parters: 12 eps, six stories.

"Race for Revenge" pits Speed against the radio controlled "ghost car," number X3, the Melange. A decent story but the weakest here, in my opinion.

In "The Dangerous Desert Race" Speed travels to the Middle Eastern country of Sandoland, there to race against the arrogant Kim Jugger and his Black Tiger. Unfortunately Part 1 of "TDDR" is a noticeable example of a problem that would haunt the middle episodes of Speed Racer: its artwork is much more simplistic and the animation quite limited versus the series' better eps. The good news is that in Part 2 things improve immensely.

"The Fire Race", though it doesn't have the aclaim of, say, "The Mammoth Car" is one of the best Speed Racers. The artwork and animation are among the finest we'll see in the series. It's also one of the most inventive storylines, complete with an entire underground (under-volcano) deserted ancient city, whirlpools hiding huge statues, a giant flesh eating plant, a pirahna-filled river and some fairly graphic - for a cartoon of its vintage - scenes of them stripping a leopard and man, corridor walls studded with a king's ransom in diamonds, the Mach 5 racing through the ribcage of a brontosaurus skeleton, and so on. It co-stars Racer X.

"The Girl Daredevil" is one of the most frustrating Speed Racers. The "girl daredevil," Twinkle Banks, is in many respects the perfect match for Speed. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, she matches him in driving skill and overall guts.
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"I've never driven so fast in my life. This speed is taking me into another dimension. It's fantastic!" - Speed Racer

This is the second volume of a five volume series, and contains episodes 12 to 23 of the famous cartoon series of the sixties.

It starts off with "Race for Revenge (Part 1)" and "Race for Revenge (Part 2)". In these episodes, Speed works with Inspector Detector to track down a mysterious black car known as the X3. The main clue is the phrase "Melange still races", which leads them to a brother/sister team named Slash and Lilly Marker.

The next two episodes are titled "The Desperate Desert Race" (Parts 1 & 2). Characters named Kim Jugger and Ali Ben Schemer co-star, and things get hot for the Mach 5. Schemer is a trusted member of the Flathill rebel forces, until he "rebels against the rebels."

Next come "The Fire Race" (Parts 1 & 2), and the return of Racer X in a fast paced politically oriented thriller.

Quote from Racer X:

"I've risked my life to save your treasure. Now, you gentlemen must come to some agreement. Compromise. Open your borders to the world some of the time."

"The Girl Daredevil" (Parts 1 & 2) introduces the skilful Twinkle Banks, black panthers, a bad guy named Cornpone Brotch and a circus full of tricks.

`The Fastest Car on Earth" (Parts 1 & 2) follows, with the theft of a powerful engine named the GRX and a villainess named Oriana Flub.

The grand finale is "The Mach-5 vs. the Mach-5 (Parts 1 & 2) with Dr. Nightcall making a copy of the Mach 5 for the evil Professor Cumulus.

There aren't any extras listed, but each pair of episodes has links to some hidden information and clips.

Recommended for all new Speed racer fans with one comment - make sure you tell your kids that hiding in car trunks only works in cartoons, and they should never try it for themselves.

Amanda Richards, May 22, 2008
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What a great series this was. It brings back allot of happy memories. I used to watch Speed Racer every day when I came home from elementary school in the 70's.

It's interesting to compare cartoons from this period to those of today. People were actually hurt and killed in these old cartoons, though over-all there was less violence. Perhaps it was better to show the consequences of violent actions? Anyway, the stories continue to be entertaining to me even today.
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