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Speed Racer - Maybe Not The End For Speed Racer After All?

Posted by David Lambert
A few days ago we reported about the March 14th release of Speed Racer - Collector's Edition Vol. 4 on DVD. We mentioned how the first three volumes had about a dozen episodes (give or take one) on each single-disc release, and that there were now 16 episodes of Speed Racer left to come out from the Artisan/Lionsgate DVD run of the show. Since Amazon's pre-order listing shows that the 4th Volume is planned for the same $22.98 SRP as the previous three releases, it felt right for us to predict that all sixteen remaining episodes would be included on that volume.

But that is not the case, we're told! An industry source, speaking on condition of anonymity, has seen our story the other day and informed us that this release (single-disc, as the others were) looks only to contain 8 episodes out of the sixteen remaining cartoons from the show. That would take it up to episode number 44 (using production order, as they have so far), and mean that these are the segments which you are likely to find on this disc:
  1. The Terrifying Gambler
  2. The Secret Invaders (Part 1)
  3. The Secret Invaders (Part 2)
  4. Man Behind the Mask
  5. The Car Destroyer
  6. The Desperate Racer
  7. The Dangerous Witness
  8. Race the Laser Tank

We have not been able to confirm this information with Lionsgate directly so far. Stay tuned, as we are still awaiting the official word on this release from the studio, along with obtaining the box art and any other available info. If this is the case, though, then hopefully this release will be filled up with extras to make it worth the cost for the same SRP as the previous volumes, but with 33% fewer episodes. Big Speed Racer fans who missed the old limited edition (only 1,000 copies made!) box set know that there are plenty of ready-made supplements on that long out-of-print Speed Racer - DVD Collection Signature Edition, and those fans would love to see that bonus material included on this 4th Volume DVD (and the seemingly now-necessary 5th Volume, which we presumably will have to wait another year to get).

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