Speed Racer The Movie
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- Audio Commentary with Peter Fernandez (Voice Actor for Speed Racer, Racer X and Voice Director) and Corrine Orr (Voice actress for Trixie, Mom Racer and Spritle Racer)
- Hidden Bonus Featurette "The Treacherous Pirate"
- Speed Racer Trivia Game
- Speed Racer Music Video
- Features on Speed's Car: The Mach Five
Top Customer Reviews
The main draw, though, is the pair of classic episodes, featuring the voices of Peter Fernandez (Speed), Corrine Orr (Trixie), Jack Curtis (Pops), and Jack Grimes (Sparky). They showcase an entertaining mixture of goofy charm, cheesy comedy, genuine drama, and excellent character interplay.
The Car Hater opens things up with the meltdown between a young woman, Jeanine Trotter, and her car-hating father, who lost his son in an automobile accident and will stop at nothing to destroy cars - even down to riding his horse onto a racetrack in the middle of traffic, sending them crashing every which way. His hatred of cars blows up in his face when he hires some goons to sabotage cars repaired at Speed and Pops' shop and Jeanine winds up driving one without brakes.
The next episode is the show's most popular - Race Against The Mammoth Car. A six-hundred foot long trucklike monster, the Mammoth Car, highlighted by an immortal theme cue, emits a piercing whine as it rolls along. The Mammoth Car is being used to smuggle $50 million in gold out of the country, but how it is actually doing it is the mystery, and Speed and Trixie nearly pay with their lives in trying to find out.
This episode features a brief reunion between Speed and the mysterious Racer X, who intercedes to save their lives. The reunion is very well handled as the young couple look up to Racer X with genuine humbleness and Speed ponders the question that plagues him - is Racer X his long lost elder brother Rex?
The episode closes with a bang - a spectacular oil inferno that reveals the true secret of the Mammoth Car.
Two "secret" extras on the disc are an episode of the classic 50s show Colonel Bleep, and three B/W animated commercials, which I enjoyed imemensly - but I'm that way inclined. You also can't fault the transfer and print quality of the Speed Racer episodes which are bright, spotless and gorgeous.
The only major let down is that they let some fool tamper with the opening sequence, which cuts abruptly into a very bad "remix" and then clumsily back into the original titles - which is just a waste of time and is done embarrasingly badly. (They also have included a pointless music video for the remix - which must rate as one of the worst pop promos of all-time!)
The commentary track from the voices of Speed and Trixie is a nice bonus too and it runs throughout the three episodes. All in all, not a bad one for retro anime people!
I'm not an anime fan - just a 38-year-old guy who hadn't seen the show since I was a kid - completely oblivious to the MTV & Cartoon Network resurgence in the early 90s. For me, this DVD was an absolute treat! The characters and storylines are great - from the complete camp of the villains, to the complex and intriguing storyline of the Mammoth Car episode - my all-time favorite as a kid. It's amazing how this episode portrays so many aspects of what now makes up the modern action film. It still seems fresh, and I was struck by the definitive role it obviously played in shaping my personal tastes for drama in the years to follow. I say that with one exception - specifically the now shocking scene of the Car Hater angrily, yet almost casually, lashing his daughter with a horse whip! I'd like to think that was as politically incorrect & offensive then as it is now.
The color and sound are both very good - certainly superior to any pre-cable-era broadcast previously viewed in the 70s. The sound effects are awesome - the animation straightforward and well preserved, original dust bunnies and all. The Trivia challenge is enlightening & forgiving, so you won't have to resort to the internet for clues to view the bonus hidden feature. All in all, the DVD operated perfectly from my inexpensive Sony player.
There were a few disappointments, most notably the lack of the original score/song for the opening sequence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this on VHS as a kid, so I loved seeing it on Amazon and, though there is a strong nostalgic feeling, I enjoyed the film quite a bit. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Jason Boese
This DVD was listed in used but in 'like new' condition. It was and is in excellent condition. The delivery time was excellent and the shipping charge was within reason. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by Mac
The reason I give it 5 stars is because it is SUPPOSED to be "campy" also I always liked that big-and-beautiful violet/majenta train-car in a race track, very bazaar like japanese... Read morePublished on October 3, 2006 by Black Cat de La Bear
contrary to what another reviewer wrote, THIS IS NOT A KID'S VIDEO. Anime was and is not made for kids! PERIOD! Never was! Read morePublished on May 2, 2006 by Robert Tipton
My 10 year old son just received this dvd in the mail and i was looking at it with him, and knowing how much he and his younger brother like to sing the theme song to speed racer,... Read morePublished on May 5, 2005 by Lynda Lowery
O.K., so I ignored my wife's repeated warning about letting my 3-year old son watch this without checking it out once through. Speed Racer? It was my favorite, he'll love it! Read morePublished on June 18, 2002 by L. Bradshaw
This is a very good DVD production of Speed Racer. The picture and sound are good as well as the added features. Read morePublished on July 25, 2001 by Steve