Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

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Danny Trejo returns as the ruthless bookie, Goldberg, in "Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy." After a failed attack on inmate and legendary driver, Frankenstein, Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson (McGowan) infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal––enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob (Glover) and Lists (Koehler), and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane (Marzano). Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Co-Writer Don Michael Paul and Actor Zach McGowan; the featurettes "Inside The Anarchy" (HD 05:50), "Time Served: Lists & Goldberg" (HD 03:01) and "On The Streets" (HD 02:45); upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital copy code.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Extreme violence is exhibited in a stylized visual experience. The imagery in the streets is gritty while government facility interiors are clean. Hues exhibited during the street prison scenes are desaturated to enhance the grittiness of the imagery, Thus, color vividness is missing as intended. Still there are brief instances of highlights in saturation. Fleshtones tend to be natural in appearance. Contrast is effectively environmental with deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and spotty brights. Resolution at times is nicely detailed during close-ups but generally soft. In keeping with the nightmarish setting, the picture delivers visually. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers an exciting high-octane punch with an aggressively filled soundfield. Surrounds are always engaged aggressively with directionalized accents and ambiences, such as wild crowd ruckuses, and all manner of sound effects from roaring race engines to automatic gunfire, to wrecks and explosions. Deep bass is powerful and extended to sub-25 Hz, enhanced in the .1 LFE channel. The music score is electronic with a wide soundfield presence and aggressive extension to the surrounds. All this enhances the constant state of mayhem. Dialogue throughout retains intelligibility with generally good spatial integration. Though extremely violent, this is a terrific holosonic® soundfield experience. When upmixed with Auro-3D AuroMatic or the DTS Neural:X upmixer, the sense of immersive envelopment is greatly heightened for an even more exciting experience. (Gary Reber)