Speed Racer: Volume 5 (1968)

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation / Comedy
Lions Gate || NR - 184 minutes - $19.98 || October 31, 2006
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2006-10-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
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Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


Theatrical Release Date: NA


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Supplemental Material:

    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

ďHere he comes, here comes Speed Racer. Heís a demon on wheelsÖĒ

Usually when I review cartoons for this site, Iíve seen then before. Often Iím a fan or at the very least have caught the occasional episode. Not this time. Speed Racer represents one of the few times Iíve received a cartoon DVD to review where I have no previous biases or feelings of nostalgia. That being said, this review might not be as forgiving as some of the others.

Speed Racer is a japanimation (Iím quoting the back of the box on that one) show that aired for one season from 1967-1968. It had 52 episodes. It was about an race car driver named Speed and his friends: Trixie, Sprytle, and Chim-ChimÖa monkey. Speed drove around racing other cars in his car, the Mach 5 as well as battling a variety of different villains and characters alongside his sidekicks. This volume 5 collection includes the final 8 episodes of the series.

How is it? Well, it ainít all that great. For starters, the idea of a race car driver periodically being called in to help by the government, cops, etc. is really hard to swallow. Not to mention the fact that Speed Racer doesnít seem to have any kind of fighting skills or anything (other than the fact that he can drive Mach 5 really, really fast) and the whole concept of the show is ludicrous. The supporting characters are mainly for comedy purposes but no matter how theyíre used, theyíre not all that interesting.

The one good thing I can say about it? As nonsensical as the ideas presented here are, the execution isnít too bad. Itís not a stupid show and you can tell the writers made an attempt to take this material seriously (given the context of itís world) but for meÖit kind of rang hollow.

I just think "Speed Racer" is boring. Itís got an incredibly catchy theme song but for me, thatís about it. Iíve seen a lot worse shows from this era but Iíve seen a lot of better ones too.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Not good, not bad, just standard.



.::OVERALL::.

"Speed Racer" isnít a bad show, itís just a very dry one. I think this set will appeal to anyone who grew up on it or is just a hardcore fan of the series though. If youíre not one of those, Iíd skip it.