Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray Review
With each new installment, the FAST AND THE FURIOUS series tries its hardest to outdo the last. It started with 2001’s original, which centered solely on the world of street racing; 2003’s 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS involved the takedown of a Miami drug lord; 2006’s TOKYO DRIFT went back to its roots to please fans; 2009’s FAST & FURIOUS saw the heroes tackling a heroin kingpin; 2011’s FAST FIVE (which was apparently being charged by the letter) saw the execution of a $100 million heist in Rio de Janeiro and introduced Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to the franchise.
In 2013’s FAST & FURIOUS 6, the stakes are raised even higher. The movie begins with the primary players—Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (the late Paul Walker), Mia (Jordana Brewster), Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), and Tej Parker (Chris Bridges, better known as Ludacris) enjoying their wealthy and quiet lives. Of course, that won’t last long and soon Brian will have to put patty-cake on hold.
Re-enter DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson), who (after a credits sequence compiling some of the series’s more exciting clips) enlists the aid of Dom and the gang to help bring down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), a British Special Forces officer who headed the takedown of a Russian military convoy. The prize? Full pardon for any and all crimes the team has committed in the past. Oh, and Dom may just get the chance to see his former lover (Michelle Rodriguez) again.
The FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise has been going strong for a dozen years now, having grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide. There’s no doubt that those who bought tickets for the first five will be in line for the sixth. Not surprisingly, they won’t be disappointed. FAST & FURIOUS 6 (directed by Justin Lin, who previously helmed FAST FIVE and TOKYO DRIFT) features all of the machismo and action that fans expect. There are cars that vroom and fists that thud and explosions that, um, explode. This latest entry wants to out-slick its competition (that is, the other FAST/FURIOUS movies) so badly that even the Spanish subtitles zoom off the screen like they’re in a late-night drag race.
It’s hard not to appreciate that the franchise is the kind that refuses to be faulted for being both meat-headed and endless. It never gives the target crowd much to comprehend or any more than three years away from Dom and company—which says as much about the studio’s goals as it does the average viewer’s memory span.
Will they ever get tired of this? Considering FAST & FURIOUS 6 pulled in nearly $250 million and is the highest-grossing of the bunch, it’s possible that the series could reach double digits before the decade is out. There is already a seventh installment scheduled for next year (although Walker’s death could push it back) that will no doubt try to best the rest by adding Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, and—why not?—Kurt Russell.
FAST & FURIOUS 6 BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: 2.35:1 in 1080p with MPEG-4 AVC codec. Like the other installments, FAST & FURIOUS 6 is a slick-looking actioner with sharp cars and camera-friendly locales. The details in skin and clothing are strong, but it’s the cars and street scenes that showcase the best of what this video transfer has to offer.
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0; Spanish DTS Digital Surround; French DTS Digital Surround 5.1. Subtitles in English, Spanish and French. Not surprisingly, one of the major draws of this Blu-ray is the audio transfer, which gives tremendous power to every explosion, revved engine, gunshot, and soundtrack cue in the movie.
Feature commentary with director Justin Lin: Lin offers a very thorough track, as he touches on everything from the development and cast to the stunts and action. Fans should take note that Lin often comments on what’s onscreen, so they may want to jump to their favorite sequences for background.
Take Control (19:18): Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and more pop up to discuss various scenes and characters from FAST & FURIOUS 6.
The Making of FAST & FURIOUS 6: This sections is divided into four parts: The Fastest of Them All (10:06), Reuniting the Team (7:34), Letty’s Return (4:42), and The Mastermind and the Mole (4:21).
Planes, Tanks, and Automobiles houses four featurettes, all of which focus on the action of FAST & FURIOUS 6: The London Chase (7:56), Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack (6:28), The Antonov Takedown (6:18), and Dom and Letty Race Again (3:35).
It’s All About the Cars is divided into three parts, which highlight the role of automobiles in the movie: On the Set with Vin (3:15), Gearhead’s Delight (6:28) and The Flip Car (5:23).
Hand to Hand Fury (9:43): This featuette looks at the physical strain that the cast went through in completing the action scenes.
Deleted Scenes (1:40): There are three here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “Intro to CCTV,” “Han & Gisele Talk” and “Prison Guard.”
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