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Old 07-13-08, 11:06 PM   #1
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Speed Racer Complete Series in October

TVShowsOnDVD.com has an article on Speed Racer The Complete Series coming October 7th with an MSRP of only $49.98. I didn't think this would get a complete series release so sadly this is the first TV show I'll have to double dip on. Also, when I did hope that this would come out, I hoped it would be in either a steering wheel with the letters or the Mach 5. It is a Mach 5 but it's pretty disappointing looking. It looks like a cheap birthday cake.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Spe...llection/10046

There also appears to be a sixth bonus disc.
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Old 07-14-08, 12:32 AM   #2
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I was just about to post this & got beaten to the punch. I'm hoping that Sixth Disc bit isn't just a typo.

I own the Limited Edition 5-Disc set that Speed Racer Enterprises released back in 2000 but would happily upgrade for this new set.
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Old 07-14-08, 02:49 AM   #3
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I was just about to post this & got beaten to the punch. I'm hoping that Sixth Disc bit isn't just a typo.

I own the Limited Edition 5-Disc set that Speed Racer Enterprises released back in 2000 but would happily upgrade for this new set.
I've never seen that set. Do you have any pictures? What, if any, extras are there? How would you say they compare to the volume releases?
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Nice price. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 07-14-08, 12:27 PM   #5
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Here is a picture of the Limited Edtion 5-Disc Set:



And information can be found at TVShowsOnDVD

I own the 5 individual releases, all of them with the cool bonus packaging (except Volume 2, which just has a slipcover)

Volume 1 came in a standard DVD case, but limited numbers also had a rubber tire slipcover. Volume 2 supposedly came with a limited number of slipcovers that played the Speed Racer Theme Song, but mine just has a foil slipcover. Volume 3's limited edition included a tin steering wheel case. Volume 4 came with a limited edition Mach 5 Car. Volume 5 included a limited edition Mach 5 License Plate.

Personally, I think all of those neat little extras are better than the five-disc set posted about above, simply because aside from the limited nature of the five-disc set, there doesn't appear to be anything to offer any extra incentive.

Anyway, if the sale price isn't much (and I suspect there will be some tie-in deal with the release of the Speed Racer movie, although I could be wrong) I'll probably double-dip for the cool car packaging and sixth disc.
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Old 07-14-08, 12:32 PM   #6
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I've never seen that set. Do you have any pictures? What, if any, extras are there? How would you say they compare to the volume releases?
Here's a picture I pulled from TVShowsonDVD:




I'd say the LionsGate releases are better in terms of picture quality. The Speed Racer Enterprises release looks pretty "crunchy" at times. Also, there's extras on it that aren't available on the LionsGate releases.

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Studio: Speed Racer Enterprises
Release Type: Individual Episodes
Release Date: 1/01/2002
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 52
Running Time: 1248 mins
Retail Price: $250.00 (US$)

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By special arrangement with Speed Racer Enterprises and SpeedRacer.com this Limited Edition DVD is available to the first 1,000 customers. All sets carry numbered Speed Racer certificates of authenticity bearing the Japanese & English autosignature of Ippei Kuri, one of the founding brothers of Tatsunoko Production Company. He animated the original Mach Go Go GO!! Ippei Kuri's imprint has historically brought the greatest value to Speed Racer collectibles.

Presented on 5 DVDs containing either 10 or 11 episodes, plus extras. Completely English-language/non-Japanese presentation created for Region 1 players.

It appears this DVD set is now out of print

Features:

-VW TV Commercial - This is a commercial for Volkswagen geared around SPEED and the gang.

-Sponge "SPEED RACER" music video

-The Mach 5 - Video with a breakdown of the secrets of the Mach 5 using SPEED RACER video footage.

-Racer "X" - Music video compilation of episode footage highlighting Racer "X"

-Interview w/ Peter Fernandez: This interview was conducted in 2001.

-"The Silver Phantom": SPEED RACER 2001 pilot - This pilot was made in 1997 for a new Speed Racer series, and was televised in the USA in 2001. It is present here in it's entirety.
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Old 07-14-08, 12:38 PM   #7
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Volume 2 supposedly came with a limited number of slipcovers that played the Speed Racer Theme Song, but mine just has a foil slipcover.
Mine played the song the first few times, then it stopped working.
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It's a pass for me. I hate the packaging, and the bonus disc is sparse. Details were posted today at tvshowsondvd.com
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"Bonus features" suck on this one. I think with the crap packaging and HORRIBLE features (have you SEEN the new Speed Racer show?) this may be the very first DVDs I don't "upgrade". Kind of glad the extras aren't good. I prefer the cover art to the volumes compared to this mock Mach 5.
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Mine played the song the first few times, then it stopped working.
Yeah, its impossible to replace the battery without tearing the packaging. I just checked & my battery went dead too. Now I wonder if it will corrode & leak acid...
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Old 07-18-08, 03:25 AM   #11
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Has anybody ever released a set with the original Japanese audio? Were the epsiodes edited for American broadcasting?
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Old 07-18-08, 07:07 AM   #12
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While I like the idea of the Mach 5 case, it looks strange to me. It's too stubby, no fins or windshield..

If they fix those things then it'll be a must buy for me, even though I already own all the volumes. Otherwise I'm on the fence on this one.
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Only about $50 retail (you'll probably be able to get it for about $30-35 most places) for a six disc set with cool packaging makes this a done deal for me. I'll definetely pick it up.
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Old 07-18-08, 10:47 PM   #14
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The Mach 5 case is fugly!
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Re: Speed Racer Complete Series in October

Speed Racer the complete series has been re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray for $20, and comes in a case that's the size of a single regular case. Here's a review of the Blu-Ray:

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