Director Stephen Hopkins’ biopic, Race, the story of Jesse Owens (played by Stephan James — Selma, When the Game Stands Tall) and the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany will be arriving in the home entertainment market place as both DVD and Blu-ray selections on May 31 courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The ARR is 102 days and box office receipts were a lackluster $18.8 million.
The son of a sharecropper, acclaimed track athlete at The Ohio State University (he paid his own way through school) — he set three world records against “That School Up North” in a 45-minute period on May 25, 1935 — and would go onto win four Gold Medals at the 1936 Olympics. Race follows these events and backs them with some solid CGI that gives the view a sense of being in Berlin with The Fuhrer lording over the proceedings.
Other cast members include Jason Sudeikis as the legendary Buckeye coach Larry Snyder, Jeremy Irons as Avery Brundage and Carice van Houten as the iconic German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl.
Bonus features include a pair of featurettes that are common to both the DVD and Blu-ray editions — “Becoming Jesse Owen” and “The Owens Sisters.” Exclusive to the Blu-ray SKU is the featurette titled “The Making of Race.”