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"Death Race 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

In Death Race 2, a prequel to the 2008 remake of a Roger Corman movie called Death Race 2000, the prison system has been privatized in America.  Carl Lucas, a getaway driver working for big time crime boss Markus Kane (Sean Bean), is busted when a bank robbery goes to hell.  Carl is sent off to Terminal Island, a prison ran by a large corporation who films pay-per-view events where two convicts fight to the death.  Ratings are dropping for the program, so Weyland Corp is forced to come up with something new and exciting. After seeing Carl drive around the prison, they come up with the idea for Death Race.  Instead of fighting in a ring, prisoners are sent into battle in armored cars and race for their lives.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2010, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 50 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Starring:Luke Gross, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean, Ving Rhames
  • Director: Roel Riene
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

If it weren't for some spendy explosions, visual effects, and Sean Bean, I would have thought Death Race 2 was a TNT original movie. The acting is horrendous and the story anything but original.

Technical

The picture quality was very good on this disc. Lots of texure and detail with great contrast. The audio was a tad inconsistant, but it did have some big sound fx and great use of the surrounds at times.

Extras

Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, 3 Featurettes The only other extra is the original theatrical trailer.