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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Snake & Mongoose DVD Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Snake & Mongoose DVD Review
I get lots of DVDs to giveaway and review. Nearly all of them are for kid's stuff. It was nice to receive a more adult story line for a change to review. The DVD I received to review was Snake & Mongoose. The movie did not have a big theatrical release, only showing in 20 theaters across the whole country last fall. The Snake & Mongoose movie is a true story that tells about some history of drag racing. 

From the box:
Start your engines for the incredible true story of the greatest rivalry in drag racing history: Don "The Snake" Prudhomme (Jesse Williams of Grey's Anatomy) versus his longtime friend and nemesis Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen (Richard Blake of Dragonball: Evolution). From the fiery days of early speedways through the explosive peak of their popularity, these are the personal triumphs and tragedies behind the legendary races and Hot Wheels partnership that created a global phenomenon. Ashley Hinshaw (Chronicle), Kim Shaw (She's Out of My League), Fred Dryer (Hunter), Ian Ziering (Sharknado), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Though?) and Noah Wyle (ER) co-star in this nitro-burning drama of the two men who battled business and each other to change motorsports forever.
The time frame of the movie starts in the late 60s/early 70s, and highlights the careers of two drivers, Prudhomme and McEwen. It explores their friendship, their growing relationship with Mattel, and how they got Hot Wheels to sponsor them, apparently a first for the time period of the sport. And, you can't be surprised that the film shows lots of racing, apparently taped at the Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. Being an ER fan, I liked seeing Noah Wyle in the film. He played the Mattel executive.

If you're a big drag racing fan, you'll appreciate the historical footage in the film and the true stories the movie tells. If you're not, you may become more of a fan by the time the movie is over. You can tell the producers worked extra hard for historical accuracy in the film, including all the props. Personally, I liked seeing all the racing. It has been some time since I've watched drag racing, watching more NASCAR of late. You'll appreciate learning how much the duo did for the sport.


Learn more about the movie at its official web site, where you'll find the below movie trailer, a downloadable comic book, and some wall paper graphics. You can buy the movie from Amazon for $14.99 and get a t-shirt with it. Without the t-shirt, you can buy it from Amazon for $14.29. Personally, if you want the movie, I'd spend the extra 70 cents.
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

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