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"Death Race 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

In the world's most dangerous prison, a new game is born: Death Race. The rules of this adrenaline-fueled blood sport are simple, drive - or die. When repentant convict Carl Lucas discovers there's a price on his head, his only hope is to survive a twisted race against an army of hardened criminals and tricked-out cars of destruction. This movie is actually the prequel to "Death Race" and "Death Race 2000". Fasten your seatbelts; this ride is going to be a killer!

 

 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 21 min
  • Aspect Ratio:1.77:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4 1080p
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 , Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Starring: Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, Tanit Phoenix
  • Directed by Roel Reiné
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

After a bank robbery goes bad Carl Lucas (Goss) gets sent to prison. The crime boss who sent him out (Bean) is afraid he will testify against him and sends in assassins to the prison to make sure he doesn't. There were a couple characters from the first one, along with a few "set-ups" that happen in the original movie. I would say this is more of a “how it all began” story, as it explains the origins of the Death Race and the character called Frankenstein. More entertaining than Corman’s original, this flick has action, hot cars and hotter women. Even if you haven’t seen the first two films, you will be able to follow the basic plot line. Hey, it isn’t like this movie is an Oscar contender.

Technical

Picture quality is very good with saturated colors and detailed “dark” scenes. Every pore and pock mark on Danny Trejo’s face is revealed (yeck) and details abound. Most of the racing scenes are not GCI, which adds to the realism of the picture quality. A few dark scenes exhibited pulsing horizontal lines, but no edge enhancing or banding was noticable through the film. Sound is very powerful and loud. Surrounds are in constant use during the fights and racing scenes. Your sub will be maxed out during most of thoses scenes as well. Dialog is intelligible, though a bit thin sounding at times compared to the bombastic soundtrack. Contains a BD, DVD and digital copy...so choose your poison.

Extras

Feature Commentary, The Race Begins: The Evolution of Death, Cheating Death: The Stunts of Death Race 2, Fast Cars and Firearms: The Cars of Death Race 2 and deleted scenes.