The Fate of the Furious on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital
Disclaimer: The manufacturer provided NewTechReview with a NFR unit of this product for review.
Reviewed by Scott R. Garrigus
"Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead an all-star cast as the global blockbuster franchise delivers its most action-packed, high-octane adrenaline rush yet in The Fate of the Furious. Now that Dom (Vin Diesel, XXX, Riddick), and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez, Avatar, Resident Evil) are married, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team seems to have found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Snow White and the Huntsman) lures Dom back into the world of crime and convinces him to betray those closest to him, the crew faces new trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains of the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage...and bring home the man who made them a family." That is the official description for The Fate of the Furious, now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Universal Pictures, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.
You would think that after all this time and after six sequels to the original The Fast and the Furious, the franchise would have fizzling out by now... not even close. While the overall film formula is fairly predictable (like many action movies), The Fate of the Furious is just as fun to watch as its predecessors.
This time around it looks as though Dom has gone back to his old ways, given up on family, and turned on the ones he loves. Of course, it's easy to guess that this isn't really true and partially into the film we learn why he's turned back to a life of crime... family, of course. You'll understand what I mean when you watch the film. Be prepared for plenty of fun, plenty of action, and a lot of car racing scenes. My personal favorite group of scenes, however, is when Jason Statham is on the plane. He has to infiltrate the enemy while rescuing and caring for a very special package. There's action, plenty of slick martial arts moves, and some of the best and funniest lines in the film.
We had the opportunity to review the Blu-ray edition of the film, which provides a two-disc combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD) and includes an UltraViolet digital copy as well. The picture is presented as a 1080p AVC MPEG-4 encode with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio and provides an excellent viewing experience. You get vibrant colors, plenty of detail, and all the shots are clean and clear, which allows you to enjoy all the excellent action. For audio, we get a DTS:X Master Audio track, which will fully utilize all aspects of your sound system giving you a very immersive experience, allowing you to hear everything clearly.
The Fate of the Furious provides a number of bonus features including:
* Audio Commentary - provides a solo commentary from Director F. Gary Gray who talks about his personal observations regarding the making of the film.
* The Cuban Spirit - takes viewers on a tour of Havana and also includes interviews with the cast and crew, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.
* In the Family - is a four-part featurette that discusses the characters, the parts they played in the film, as well as the plot.
* Car Culture - includes three supplements that cover the cars that were used in the film.
* All About the Stunts - is another three-part supplement that talks about how the stunts in the film were accomplished.
* Extended Fight Scenes - provides longer versions of two of the fight scenes: Prison Fight and Plane Fight.
While it doesn't break any new ground, The Fate of the Furious provides a fun, enjoyable and action-packed story that further extends the overall arc of The Fast and the Furious franchise. There's plenty of car racing, fighting, explosions, and humor to keep you entertained. So if you're a fan of the previous installments, you'll enjoy this one as well.
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* Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tTFBQj
* Website: universalpictures.com