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Speed Racer (Widescreen Edition) (2008)

Emile Hirsch , Christina Ricci , Andy Wachowski , Larry Wachowski  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon
  • Directors: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CD6FKI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Speed Racer (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Spritie in the Big Leagues: Tour the movie set with Paulie Litt
  • Speed Racer: Supercharged! Meet the drivers of the WRL, explore the film's incredible cars and unbelievable race tracks

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Start your engines and fasten your seatbelts for the high-octane adventure Speed Racer, combining heartfelt family humor and groundbreaking visual effects. Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel of his thunderous Mach 5. With support from Pops and Mom Racer (John Goodman and Susan Sarandon), girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci), younger brother Spritle (Paulie Litt) and the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox), Speed takes on fierce competitors to save his family’s business and protect the sport he loves. When Speed steps onto the track, it’s not just a race. It’s an adrenaline-fueled, high-speed charge to the finish. Go, Speed Racer, go!!

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique to say the least July 15, 2008
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I can understand why some people might dislike this movie (just look at its box-office) but the one undeniable fact is that it perfectly captures the spirit of the TV show which was never really associated with profound human feelings. It's amazing how everyone involved in it simply decided to give it their all. Just look at the conviction with which Susan Sarandon and John Goodman recited lines that clearly feel out of a cartoon. Usually I hate movies with quick cuts and gratuitous CG effects and SPEED RACER is 135 minutes of quick cuts and CG so I guess nostalgia goes a long way. I was so glad they included the sound effect of the Mach 5 jumping over and over again. My only real complaint about the movie is that there was a little bit too much of the chimp for my taste.
I can't blame anyone for complaining on leaving the theater with a headache. The world outside the theater I saw SPEED RACER in looked so slow once the movie ended, this is one exhausting film but certainly worth it.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Speed Racer Go! July 16, 2008
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Recently it seems like cartoon and comic books are about the only thing that gets made into blockbuster movies. While Transformers made the robots look like real living hulks of metal in the real world, and there's just no telling what the proposed Robotech movie will look like if it ever actually comes out, Speed Racer takes what is becoming the rather unpopular method of visual style. If you've seen Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow, you're familiar with it. Everything has a computer-adjusted color look to it, a super-crisp, super-sharp look reminiscent of the stop-motion films of yesteryear. And like those films that made the 80's so much fun for fantasy and sci-fi fans, Speed Racer features fantastic landscapes like nothing else on Earth (only now they are computer-generated instead of hand-painted).

The story of Speed Racer the movie actually exactly the same as the old cartoon show of the 1960's. Speed Racer (yeah, that's actually his name) is an aspiring race car driver looking to become the best and win races, with Pop's company supplying the car and mechanic, and his mom, little brother Spritle, girlfriend Trixie and family pet chimp for support. Corporate thugs notice and try to either destroy, bankrupt, or otherwise make trouble for Racer Motors, and Speed teams up with Racer X (who may or may not be his presumed dead brother Rex), Inspector Detector, and a few friends he meets along the way, to bring down the bad guys and save the day. Yeah, nothing too complex story-wise, but hey, that's why you loved the cartoon show, right?

Everything a Cartoon Should Be

When I first heard there was going to be a Speed Racer movie by the makers of the Matrix, I was worried. Animated features and video games don't really have a good history as feature films.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! May 9, 2008
"When I watch you do some of the things you do," says Susan Sarandon in the Wachowski Brothers' "Speed Racer," "you take my breath away." This line pretty much sums up how I felt about the movie. "Speed Racer" is an absolute visual masterpiece, retooling the look of anime into an exciting, hyper-realized world of vibrant creativity. Every shot is like a cartoon brought to life, the neutral shades of the real world replaced with bold shades of red, blue, green, yellow, purple, and orange. It doesn't present us with a vision of the future so much as it presents an alternate reality, where racing tracks and cars defy gravity. Here's a film you have to see more than once for the imagery alone, because chances are you'll miss more than a few details along the way--every square inch of the screen is packed with visual delights almost all throughout. It isn't often you come across a movie this stunning, this lively, and this fun.

Based on the 1960s cartoon series created by Tatsuo Yoshida, "Speed Racer" puts it foot on the gas as soon as the Warner Bros. logo appears, interweaving the title character's back story with a heart-pounding race. Even as a young boy, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) has known nothing other than automobile racing; now as a professional racer himself, Speed is haunted by the death of his big brother, Rex (Scott Porter), a racing superstar who crashed eight years ago on a cross-country rally. The public believed that corporate sponsorship changed Rex into a money-grubbing backstabber, forcing him to turn his back on racing altogether. Naturally, Speed and his family are now completely against sponsorships of any kind, especially his father, appropriately named Pops (John Goodman). For this family, it's about racing, not money.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedracer July 17, 2008
I wish American movie viewers would have given speedracer a chance. With a dismal 44 million dollar domestic gross, there is much little hope for a second film which needs to be told. To be honest, speed racer took race car films to the ground breaking next level, just as The Matrix did for Science Fiction. Both the Matrix, and Speedracer had me the viewer emotionally envolved, and dazed by the visual effects. We are lucky to have the unique young tallent of Emile Hirsch portraying the role of Speed. And if Suzan Surandon is willing to play the role of Speeds mother, obviously the screenplay had much depth which most action films lack. Last note to all Bluray owners, don't bother renting Speedracer, just buy it. It is a good quality film, and it is going to look amaizing on your HD t.v.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
The cinematography reminds me of Scott Pilgrim because of how they incorporated a comic book feel into the movie. Very fun and fast paced, great for a movie night with friends.
Published 8 days ago by Lara Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars As under-rated as it gets
A gorgeous movie that achieves precisely what it sets out to do: be a fun, unique take on a classic Japanese cartoon. Read more
Published 10 days ago by RT
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I got this for a friend's son for his birthday. It was new, unopened, & play perfect. He loved it. Will buy again from seller.
Published 12 days ago by ashley raines
3.0 out of 5 stars it is but isnt
This movie a an okay rental or $2.00-$5.00 DVD purchase. I would recommend you to watch at least once but I can not say It was with going to theaters. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ryann Garcia
2.0 out of 5 stars Damaged disc
The movie is great but the disc seems to be damaged because it skips a lot or it stops while you are watching it.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I know, I know, but I do think it's extremely underated
What can I say? I like the flick. It's much better than most give it credit for, the visuals are stunning, the villain just works, and it both pays homage too, and does justice (at... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kent Gaston
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Would watch it again, with out a doubt.
Awesome movie, John Goodman's amazing.
The story kind of lacked some detail but made
up for it the everything else.
Published 20 days ago by Kyle Hensel
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed Racer is genuinely fun
Speed Racer knows exactly what kind of movie it is. It is a film based off an anime made in the 60s. It is a family film involving one of the strangest families around. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kyle Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the more underrated films of my time.
Visually, there is little realism (which I believe threw the public off upon it's release). As far as story and characters go, this is one of the best films I've seen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Datig Hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Under appreciated and ahead of it's time
Speed Racer is possibly the most cinematic film I've ever seen. It's innovative structure, approach to delivering exposition, and it's pacing are unlike any other film in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam Russell
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Speed Racer BD, why no HD sound?
I've read that Warner Home Video wanted to keep the Speed Racer BR to a single-layer disc, so they cheaped out on HD sound to maximize the picture quality. The movie was already shot in HD, and that's why the transfer is near-flawless if not completely so.

Some users at Blu-ray's official forum... Read more
Nov 17, 2008 by K. Tibbetts |  See all 3 posts
digital copy?
Warner Bros has updated their website so that you can redeem Speed Racer digital copy with iTunes. All you have to do is go this website: http://digitalcopy.warnerbros.com/support/speedracer_form.aspx

Unfortunately this will void your download for Windows media player...but iTunes is better... Read more
Oct 17, 2008 by D. Thomas |  See all 8 posts
Sprittle or Jar Jar Binks:Most annoying movie sidekick?
Jar Jar hands down. Spritle & Chim Chim were like the animation counterparts so can't really complain. Jar Jar absolutely ruined the film along with Jake Lloyd. Phantom Menace and and the other 2 films could have been so much better...
Sep 20, 2008 by Oh Sang Ho |  See all 11 posts
will it play on a region 2 (european) blu ray?
The Speed Racer Blu-ray is region-free, according to the site:

http://bluray.liesinc.net/

It has region information for many other releases as well.
Sep 17, 2008 by K. Tibbetts |  See all 3 posts
subtitles
Yes - also French and Portuguese.
Jan 6, 2010 by K. Tibbetts |  See all 2 posts
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