Death Race 3: Inferno

Featured In Issue 176, April/May 2013

WSR Score2.5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Violence and language throughout and sexual content
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Roel Reiné
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Repentant convict Carl Lucas (Goss)—aka Frankenstein—is a legendary driver in the brutal prison blood sport known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom, Lucas is plunged into his most vicious competition yet: the first ever Desert Death Race. Through South Africa's infernal Kalahari Desert, Lucas is pitted against ruthless adversaries and powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat. (Tricia Spears)

Available to watch as either the Unrated version (01:45:12) or the R-rated version (01:44:50), special features include commentary with Director Roel Reiné; an alternate opening; nine deleted scenes; a Deleted Scenes Montage (HD HD 04:59); the featurettes The Making Of Death Race 3: Inferno (HD 10:39), Racing For Death (HD 05:57), and Art Imitating Life: Goldberg (HD 05:21); D-BOX® Motion Code™; BD-Live™; and upfront ads. Included is the Blu-ray Disc™, DVD, and an Ultraviolet digital copy.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits stylized digital video imagery, with strong contrast and black levels, as well as heightened shadow delineation and pushed whites. The color palette is warmly hued in earth tones, with splashes of primary color highlights. Fleshtones are inconsistent—at times naturally toned or muted. Resolution is revealing of fine detail throughout. The overall picture is pristine, with no noticeable artifacts. This is fast-edit imagery that exhibits a grainy appearance, to match the brutality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is bombastic, with an aggressive, punchy .1 LFE extension to sub-25 Hz, to enhance the impact of the brutal destruction and deaths. Atmospherics and sound effects heighten the sense of surround envelopment. The music score sounds synthesized, with a wide soundstage presence that extends aggressively to the surrounds, punctuated by a heavy bass foundation. Dialogue is intelligible and decently integrated spatially. This is an aggressive, directionalized, holosonic® experience that is dynamic sounding sans nuance. (Gary Reber)