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Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 (2016/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C+

G.J. Echternkamp and Roger Corman bring you an updated sequel/remake to Corman's Death Race franchise, Death Race 2050. Full of sex, nudity, gore, and more over the top jokes than you can handle, the film succeeds in being both a B-Movie comedy and an over the top satire. While the special effects are nothing special, they are surprisingly better than I expected for being a direct to DVD release. You don't have to see the original film to get a kick out of this, though it may tend to be too much for those who can't handle sex and violence.

The film stars Manu Bennett (Arrow, The Hobbit), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Time After Time), Anessa Ramsey (Yellow Brick Road), Yancy Butler (TV's short lived Witchblade series), and Marci Miller (Most Likely To Die) to name a few.

The Death Race is the most coveted event in the United States of Corporate America (which is led by Malcolm McDowell) and is celebrated by viewers all over the country - many of which are experiencing the race by way of advanced virtual reality googles. Spanning from coast to coast, the drivers get points for not only staying in the lead, but by killing pedestrians along the way. The film features a cast of colorful characters, including the part machine/part celebrity driver known as 'Frankenstein' (Bennett) who makes sure there aren't many racers left standing before they get to the finish line.

This two disc combo pack features the film in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is normal for this kind of film. The colors are pretty vibrant throughout high contrast and deep shadows that mix well with the high use of digital animation and green screen sequences. The audio is a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track that sounds pretty fantastic throughout with the soundtrack coming across very clearly. Also included is a standard definition DVD with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that’s the norm for the format. There's also a digital UltraViolet Copy included.

Special Features include...

The Making of 2050

Cars! Cars! Cars!

The Look of 2050

If you're a fan of the original and like over the top satirical humor, there's a lot to like with Death Race 2050. The script isn't perfect and some characters take the humor a bit too far, but if you know what you're in for, you'll most likely enjoy it.

- James Lockhart



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