REVIEW: DEATH RACE 2050
A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 arrives on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD January 17, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The highly anticipated reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production straps viewers into the driver’s seat of the ultimate auto showdown, a blood-splattered no-holds-barred virtual-reality show that gleefully pits hardened road warriors against each other — and their audience. Exclusive bonus features reveal how filmmakers transformed the deadliest competition on wheels into a hair-raising, savagely funny game of life or death.
SYNOPSIS: Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.78:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English subtitles.
Widescreen (1.78:1) 16x9
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1, and French DTS Digital Surround
English, Latin American Spanish and French
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The Making of 2050 – This featurette goes
behind the scenes of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 to
explore why, over four decades later, the original Death
Race 2000 has been remade, including what made this
project appealing to cast and crew, what changes have been
made, and what fans of the original will still love.
Discover the movie magic behind the deaths, stunts and of
course — the cars! Includes interviews with stars,
director G.J. Echternkamp and Corman himself.
Cars! Cars! Cars!
– Go on the set with the drivers of Death Race 2050 as
they introduce their one-of-a-kind killing machines:
Frankenstein and his Monster, Perfectus and his Piece of
Art, Tammy and the Tank, Minerva and her Sound Box and
The Look of 2050 – An insider look at how the film’s visual style came together, including how shooting in Peru helped set the tone of the picture and how the costumes became stars in and of themselves.