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Speed Racer (3-disc) [Blu-ray]
(Andy Wachowski + Larry Wachowski, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Warner Home Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Feature Runtime: 2:15:00
Feature film disc size: 20.6 Gig (single-layered)
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 16th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, DUBs: French: Dolby Digital
1.0, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby
Spritle in the Big Leagues
(14:35 - SD)
Product Description: Born to race cars, Speed Racer is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized - the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret - some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie, Speed teams with his one-time rival - the mysterious Racer X - to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible...
You’ve got to hand it to the Wachowski Brothers, they
don’t do things by halves. They were last seen cramming
the back-to-back Matrix sequels so full of references to
obscure anime, classical fantasy and Jean Baudrillard’s
philosophy of symbolic exchange and hyperreality, it was
the first known sighting of ‘dumbing up’. The films
became interminable. They have now arrived at Speed
Racer, once known as Mach Go Go Go, an anime TV series
from the late 1960s that spilled into the daydreams of
This was not your typical anime huddled beneath clouds of apocalyptic menace; here was a sun soaked, sweet-wrapper coloured universe obsessed with motor sport, centred on the conveniently surnamed Racer family. In particular, the full-throttle adventures of middle-son Speed, a dumb-lug who can make the T-180 race cars leap and spin, smashing competitors in what the directors have knowingly christened ‘car-fu’. Nodding to both Goldfinger and Ben-Hur, the cars come armed with naughty extras like drill-loaded hubcaps and oil slicks.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Holy Moley! Color exhibited by the 20.6 Gig of space on the single-layered Blu-ray is totally over-the-top. A lot is artificially fabricated but much is just great art direction and production. Either way it looks absolutely amazing. There is no image on DVD or Blu-ray that I can compare this with. What it very minor-ly lacks in detail it more than makes up for in the color brightness, brilliance and contrast. This Blu-ray is demonstration quality. Warner appears to have gone a shade lower-tier with the single-layering and the, now standard, 5.1 audio but, regardless, I can't imagine how much more this could have been elevated. This is the most extravagant visual feast I've ever seen in m y home theater. This transfer quality is healthy enough to endorse solely based on the image (forget the film's guts) and there is no DNR or edge enhancement that I could detect. This image is crisp, clean and totally outrageous. The screen captures (linked to full-resolution versions) could probably do a better job of selling the image quality than my words.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
September 10th, 2008
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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