Speed Racer is one of those rare live action movies that actually looks like and plays like a Saturday morning cartoon but with much better graphics, sound and a (slightly) more mature dialoque.
If you've ever seen the Dick Tracey or the third SpyKids movies, you'll know what I mean. If you haven't, then you're in for a real visual treat. It's two hours of the most eye-popping ultra-bright colourful visuals you've ever seen as the racers zip around, over, under and at times I swear through every obstacle in their paths and that's a lot! It's actually quite faithful to the old 80's cartoon series on which it's based.
While it's primarily a kids movie like Spykids 3, an adult will find it equally good fun. Just park your brain in neutral, sit back and enjoy the adrenaline rush.
And if you've got a home theatre system, sooooo much the better. This movie really shines on my 61" flatscreen in either dvd or bluray and the Dolby 5.1 does a good job in the surround department with good channel separation and deep bass when warranted.
Please note that while the BD has slightly better video over the dvd (the dvd is still very good though), it's the same Dolby 5.1 audio track as on the dvd, no DTS master audio here. But they did take advantage of the increased BD storage capacity to add full 5.1 audio tracks in Spanish and Portugues.