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Speed Racer

Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 136 (Nov 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Mattew Fox, Roger Allam, Paulie Litt, Benno F

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.0
DD Sound Rating: 4.0
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include the 15-minute Spritle In The Big Leagues and 16-minute Speed Racer: Supercharged! featurettes, a digital copy of the film, and up-front previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1000026369
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Sequences of action, some violence, language and brief smoking
(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/16/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): The Wachowski Brothers
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Speed Racer (Hirsch) is a natural at driving his family's racing creation, the Mach 5

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD delivers on the fantastically vibrant color scheme of the film, with deeply saturated, intensely bright colors that really pop from the screen. Black levels are deep and consistent, and shadows are delineated nicely. The source element appears very processed, with an unnaturally polished appearance. Fleshtones are too red, and contrast is somewhat overpumped. The entire image seems somewhat soft, and noticeable stairstepping and digitization can be distracting at times. Edge enhancement, luckily, is not noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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