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"Fast Five" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

This movie picks up right where Fast & Furious left off, with Dom having been caught and heading to prison.   Brian O'Conner (Walker) and his love, Mia Toretto (Brewster) stage a daring highway stunt to free Dom from the prison transport bus. After successfully nabbing Dom, they flee the law and media and head south to Rio de Janeiro.  Up against the odds, they must pull off one last job in order to gain freedom.  They assemble an elite crew of drivers to pull off the heist.  On their tail is Luke Hobbs (Johnson), a hardcore federal agent who never fails a mission. The lines blur between good and bad as the crew double crosses a local crime lord and leaves Agent Hobbs with some tough choices.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 12 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster
  • Directed by Justin Lin
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The Fast and Furious series has been a bit of a dirty pleasure for me.  I have enjoyed everyone of the films on some level, even 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift.  Many have claimed that Fast Five is the best of the series, but I am on the fence with this one. I think the original still has a special place in my heart, with its exceptional usage of NOS and althought Fast Five is solid, it does have some flaws.  The sentimental moments between Brian and Mia felt a bit forced to me, but I guess they needed something for the ladies. Also, be sure to throw aside all logic when it comes to physics as this movie plays fast and loose with reality. Its a fun ride and the Blu-ray from Universal Studios is fantastic and an easy buy for fans.

Technical

Flawless picture quality from Universal. Sharp and detailed scenes with loads of depth to the image. I was very pleased with how the movie looked.

Awesome DTS-HD MA sound mix on this disc. Tons of well used LFE and surround activity that really make you feel like you are in the movie. A great demo disc.

Extras

Tons of extra content for fans. Theatrical and slightly Extended edition, Second Screen Interactive Viewing that uses iPad or other tablet, U-Control Pic-n-Pic Track, Scene Explorer, Audio Commentary, 9 featurettes in HD, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, My Scenes Bookmarking, and BD-Live.Fast Five (Blu-ray)