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Speed Racer The Movie

3.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Description

Speed Racer, space hero Colonel Bleep and all their friends join up for this exciting animated feature. First, Speed Racer, his girlfriend Trixie and all the gang are in a desperate race to save hundreds of lives from the evil clutches of the "The Car Hater". But wait, there's more as Colonel Bleep and his pals Scratch and Squeak are off through outer space after "The Treacherous Pirate." Then Speed Racer returns at breakneck speed to battle evil, on and off the track, with "The Race Against the Mammoth Car." All this fun and excitement is interspersed with the three wonderfully creative classic animated "words from our sponsor" from the 1960's. So grab your popcorn, fasten your seat belt and get ready to blast off for the best in animated action!

Despite the title, this disc is not a feature, but three episodes of the Japanese animated series that debuted in the U.S. in syndication in 1967. In "The Car Hater" (episode 26) a whip-wielding tycoon whose son was killed in an accident damns all autos as "rolling weapons"--until Speed teaches him the error of his ways. In the two-part "The Race Against the Mammoth Car" (episodes 7 and 8), Speed enters the No Limit World Race and finds himself competing with a vehicle "200 yards long." In addition to winning the race, he helps Officer Detective recapture the stolen gold hidden in the monster vehicle. The animation is extremely limited, the storytelling is rudimentary, and the dialogue sounds like it was taken from a 19th-century dime novel. But Speed Racer is a rare example of pre-anime Japanese animation. Speed and Trixie recall the characters from a Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning show, with rounder heads, broader chins, wider mouths, and smaller eyes than recent heroes and heroines. (Speed looks like a blue-eyed Tony Curtis.) Speed Racer retains a following among Gen Xers who grew up watching the show; for anime fans, it's little more than a curiosity. Containing cartoon violence, including numerous car crashes, this unrated video is appropriate only for children 6 and older. --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, 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: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056ETG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
The Speed Racer Movie is a compilation of two episodes from the Speed Racer TV series with a couple of late-1950s short films and a new Speed Racer music video added for good measure.
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.
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I'm not much of an anime fan, but I am a huge fan of vintage looney TV animation - and the US version of Mach Go Go is a true classic of that genre! Featuring 3 epsiodes and some nifty bonus features this isn't a bad disc - it even has some pretty 3D menus and various specs on Speed and the Mark 5.
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!
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Speed Racer was my favorite show back in 1970. I was eight years old, and could hardly wait to get home from school to watch it with my pals. While many of my buddies towed hand-crafted hydroplanes on string behind their sting-ray banana-seat bikes, I towed a wooden version of the Mach-5, specially retrofitted with a GRX engine of course!
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 DVD:
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.
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I ran a search at to find any DVD's of Speed Racer. There was a single hit, Speed Racer The Movie. So, I bought it. I was really in the mood to be taken back to my youth and have a great time watching a Speed Racer "movie." I knew that I had not actually purchased a "movie," but a collection of episodes...I would have picked a different set by the way....You get the "Car Hater," and "The Mammoth Car" (parts 1 and 2). Of the two, the Mammoth Car is the most fun. I particularly like the omnious sounds of the Mammoth Car. The supplemental material comes from one of the first (if not the first) episodes where Speed describes the capabilities of the Mach 5. This is fun, but I would like to see better selections of episodes. Hey, why not put them all on DVD in their proper order like Harmony Gold did for ROBOTECH?
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