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Race is an uplifting film featuring the amazing story of Olympic gold medal winner Jesse Owens. Jesse Owens was an African American, who won multiple medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics during the rise of Hitler’s empire.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of Race to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
My Review of Race on Blu-Ray or DVD:
Bio-pictures sometimes fall into a trap of trying to cover everything and please everyone. I prefer film biographies that focus on a defined period in the subject’s life. Otherwise, the film may be too shallow and fleeting. I like that Race does just that — it focusses on a period of his life. The film opens with Owens enrolling in college, participating in the track and field program and qualifying for the Olympics. It concludes with the 1936 Olympic games and the immediate aftermath.
Race tells the story of an inspiring man in an interesting age. The film shows hints of the racism Owens endured while pursuing his sport. It was a good reminder of how far we have come, and how much more we need to accomplish.
Race also works as a costume drama. I love a good costume drama. While pre-World War Two isn’t the brightest point in history, it is interesting. I loved the costuming and seeing a little historic context.
Race is rated PG-13 and is a great film for a family movie night. The extra features are also informative and may add a little depth and education to family film night.Error: No API key provided.
How Accurate Is Race on The Life of Jesse Owens:
A few of the incidents portrayed in the film seemed a little unlikely or even too good to be true. I was certain there must have been some revisionism. I understand it is a drama not a documentary, so to some extent that is fine. As I was curious, I did a little research.
I learned that Race is remarkably accurate, with a little dramatic embellishment. I find this link from History Vs. Hollywood comparing the film Race to some of the history interesting.
Summary Race on Blu-Ray or DVD:
The incredible true story of Olympic legend Jesse Owens is vividly brought to life in RACE. In his epic quest to be the greatest athlete in history, Owens (Stephan James, Selma) chooses to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he must overcome not only elite competition but also the brutal racial climate of Adolf Hitler’s Germany. Also starring Jason Sudekis (We’re the Millers) and Academy Award® winners Jeremy Irons and William Hurt, RACE is a film about courage, determination, tolerance, friendship, and trust.
Video Trailer of Race:
BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES:
- The Making of Race – Go behind the scenes to see how this epic story was translated to film. Hear from the film’s director, Stephen Hopkins and the exceptional cast. Additionally, see what was involved in recreating 1936, from costumes to locations, and how these various elements seamlessly combined to bring the Race to life.
- Becoming Jesse Owens – Learn what was involved in crafting an engaging and accurate portrayal of Jesse Owens. From training, to learning Jesse’s running style and posture, to embodying the specific journey of an African American man in 1936 Ohio.
- The Owens Sisters – Jesse Owens’ three daughters, Beverly, Marlene, and Gloria share unique insight into their father’s life. Hear some of their fondest memories and greatest stories from growing up the daughter of an icon.
Street Date: May 31, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 62177996
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and language.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Where to Purchase Race:
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