Speed Racer Volume 3
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Thirteen episodes from the Original TV Series never before released on DVD. Speed Racer wants you to GO, GO, GO on thirteen high-octane adventures! Jump into the Mach-5 with Speed’s gang, Trixie, Sparky, Spritle and Chim Chim, as they battle assassins, monsters and the infamous Racer X. For the first time on DVD, these original episodes put you in the driver’s seat! Enjoy episodes 24 – 36 (Royal Racer, Car Hater, Race Against Time, Snake Track, Man on the Lam, Gang of Assassins, Race for Life, Supersonic Car, and Crash in the Jungle).
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The packaging for this DVD is unique. Instead of a traditional DVD case, the disk comes in a round, steel container. Inside is a piece of foam to protect the disk from scratching. During shipping, the disk rattles around in the container, which I think may still scratch the disk. The container sits on top of an open piece of cardboard box. The whole thing is shrink-wrapped to keep it all together.
Anywho, the amazon speed racer vol 3 site says that it has 3 disks at 600 minutes. It only comes with one disk, and is only 300 minutes. also, the box art picture on the page is incorrect. The disk itself is inside a circular tin, which comes with a posterboardish stand.
Anywho, those are the corrections. I'd advise anyone to look into this volume, especially if you are already a fan.
PS I understand the guideline states not to point out mistakes and such, however, I already emailed you guys at amazon, and you haven't fixed them, yet.
These are exciting stories, terrific animation, and I feel I should say that it offers good role models for women. Many of the women in Speed Racer are daredevils themselves, and Trixie always stood up tall in her role as well. Speed Racer does have somewhat of a violent undertone (that my mother hated), but I feel it's no worse than any other cartoon violence you have seen anywhere else. It doesn't seem at all gratuitous, either, but is used to carry the story.
I loved the names of the characters, too. In the first episode of this Vol. (#24), we meet Prince Jam, Prince Sac-Charin, and further references to sugary sweets in the names. I think this adds to the charm and also makes Speed Racer equally fun for the adult viewer.
My favorite episode of all times is on this Vol. - Man on the Lam. It starts out with a man escaping from prison, and then meeting a blind little girl. A few twists and a surprise ending are in this story. Holds up well over time! I think if you grew up on Speed Racer, you will enjoy watching this again, and introducing it to your own kids, either boys or girls.
All the problems with this release relate to the packaging, which does not live up to the quality and inventiveness of the previous two volumes. The packaging does not adequately protect the DVD and the fact that there are no extras is a real shame. It would be GREAT if the producers of this DVD collection would put the orginal Japanese version of the theme song and opening titles on one of these volumes as an extra feature. Instead, there are no extras at all, fun or not, on this release.
But this one, what a mess. Lousy package and bad video quality. What happened? The picture is not sharp, there are artifacts and the video is somewhat degraded. Are the originals ruined or did they just change the supplier, to a cheap and low quality one?
As I don't see anyone complaining, I wonder if I had bad luck and my disc is defective.
Please, if someone else reads this and agrees, please leave a feedback, so others can know about the quality before buying.
In any case, it was good to see those episodes once more. I hope they do better in the next volume.
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