Death Race (2008)

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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) for strong violence and language

Overview

The Roger Corman-produced cult favorite DEATH RACE 2000 (1975) gets an update in this reworking from action director Paul W.S. Anderson (RESIDENT EVIL). In a role sure to please fans of his work in CRANK (2006) and the TRANSPORTER films, Jason Statham is Frankenstein, the fierce driver portrayed by David Carradine in the original. The script, also by Anderson, largely does away with the original's satirical elements in favor an increased number of breathtaking crashes and stunt driving. In 2012, the American economy has collapsed, and prisons have been taken over by corporations. Overseen by Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen), Terminal Island prison generates immense amounts of revenue with pay-per-view broadcasts of "Death Race," in which inmates participate in an auto race where anything goes. New inmate Jensen Ames (Statham), who has been framed for the death of his wife, is chosen to take over the role of Frankenstein, the contest's recently deceased masked star driver. His chief competitor, Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson), unaware that a new man is behind the mask of his old rival, will stop at nothing to win. With Case, a sexy navigator from the nearby women's facility, and a trusty pit crew led by wise veteran Coach (Ian McShane), Ames has a good shot at winning. If he does, he's been promised his freedom---but the race holds more obstacles than he can imagine, and ratings are more important to Hennessey than being true to her word.

Loud, gory, and lightning fast, DEATH RACE is geared to the video game generation, right down to the graphics that appear onscreen during the race's TV broadcast. Once again, Statham creates a great hero to root for in a performance that rises above the copious stunts and visual effects. Allen, in uncharacteristic role, is suitably imposing as the steely warden.
Theatrical Release Date 2008
Format DVD
Number of Discs 1

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R (MPAA)

Rated  R (MPAA) for strong violence and language

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Action/Adventure
  • Distributor
    Universal Studios Home Video
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    216
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Snap Caase
    Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Spanish
    Subtitles - English, (SDH), French, Spanish
    Additional Release Material:
    Audio Commentary - 1. Director, Paul W.S. Anderson
    2. Producer, Jeremy Bolt (Unrated Version Only)

    Featurette - 1. Behind the Wheel: Dissecting the Stunts
    2. Start Your Engines: Making a Death Race
  • Release Date
    12/21/08
  • Theatrical Release
    2008
  • Rating
    R (MPAA)
  • Rating Reason
    for strong violence and language
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N

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Editorial Reviews

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Empire 10-01-2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "The adherence to practical stunts results in some impressive chases, punctuated by gunfire, fireballs, rolls and spectacular collisions."
Los Angeles Times 08-22-2008 "Paul W.S. Anderson's remake is noisy, brutal, bloodthirsty fun....Anderson's version goes its own frenetic way, and it's one of those vicious larks that just plain hit the spot."
New York Times 08-22-2008 "DEATH RACE is a supercharged junkyard apocalypse powered by an unabashed relish for brutal comeuppance and a flair for delirious vehicular mayhem."
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