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The Fate and the Furious (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 16, 2017 by  



 “The Fate and the Furious” no doubt went bigger in terms of action and destruction but is it the best film in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise?  That’s all subjective.  But if you love the films and have grown up watching the crew all this time, you are definitely going to go on one hell of a ride with this film.  Recommended!

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TITLE: The Fate and the Furious

FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 2 Hrs. and 16 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 2:40:1 aspect ratio, English DTS-X Immersive Audio, DTS Headphone 2.0, English DVS, Espanol DTS Digital Surround 5.1,  Subtitles: English SDH, Espanol, Francais

COMPANY: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: PG-13

RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2017


Based on Characters by Gary Scott Thompson

Directed by F. Gary Gray

Written by Chris Morgan

Produced by Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Chris Morgan, Neal H. Moritz

Executive Producer: Amanda Lewis, Samantha Vincent

Co-Producer: Cliff Lanning

Associate Producer: Sharon Lopez

Music by Brian Tyler

Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon

Edited by Paul Rubell, Christian Wagner

Production Design by Bill Brzeski

Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn, Jonathan Carlos, Desma Murphy, Jay Pelissier, Aramis Balebona Reco, Brian Stultz

Set Decoration: Danielle Berman

Costume Design: Sanja Milkovic Hays, Marlene Stewart


Starring:

Vin Diesel as Dom

Jason Statham as Deckard

Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs

Michelle Rodriguez as Letty

Tyrese Gibson as Roman

Ludacris as Tej Parker

Charlize Theron as Cipher

Kurt Russell as Mr. Nobody

Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey

Luke Evans as Owen

Elsa Pataky as Elena

Kristofer Hivju as Rhodes

Scott Eastwood as Little Nobody


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 (Diesel) and Letty (Rodriguez) are married and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner, Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.


If there is one thing that is constant about the “Fast and the Furious” film franchise, they are huge moneymakers.

And for the eighth film titled “The Fate and the Furious”, the film which cost $250 million to make, would go on to earn over $1.2 billion in the box office.  Making it the second highest-grossing film of 2017 and the eleventh highest-grossing film of all time.  The film would be the 30th film to gross over a billion and the second in the franchise after “Furious 7”.

The film was directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”, “The Italian Job”, “Law Abiding Citizen”) and was written by Chris Morgan (“Fast & Furious 6”, “Furious 7”, “47 Ronin”, “Wanted”).

Returning for the eighth film are Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell and making their debut to the franchise are Charlize Theron (“Mad Max”, “Monster”, “Prometheus”) and Scott Eastwood (“Gran Torino”, “Fury”, “The Longest Ride”).

And now the film will be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The film begins with Dominic “Dom” Toretto (portrayed by Vin Diesel) and his wife Letty Ortiz (portrayed by Michelle Rodriguez) are celebrating their honeymoon in Havana.

But before they could really enjoy things, his cousin Fernando gets into a little trouble and Dom ends up racing local racer, Raldo.  As Dom wins the thrilling race, the following day while seeing a woman having problem with her car, Dom approaches her.

To his surprise, the woman knows all about him and literally planned on meeting with Dom in Cuba and reveals herself as cyberterrorist Cipher.  And she is recruiting Dom to work for her.  Dom tells her he doesn’t work for anyone but when she shows him something on her cellphone, he is coerced into working for her.

Meanwhile, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (portrayed by Dwayne Johnson) is recruited to break into a military outpost in Berlin to retrieve an EMP device.  Because he is on his own, he is told to select a team and immediately, Luke gets Dom, Letty, Roman Pearce (portrayed by Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (portrayed by Ludacris) and Ramsey (portrayed by Nathalie Emmanuel) involved.

Thoroughly planned, everything goes to plan and they are able to retrieve the EMP, until Dom crashes his car into Luke and steals the EMP.  He is chased by police but manages to get inside an airplane which belongs to Cipher.  Luke tells everyone what happened and that Dom has gone rogue.

As for Dom, we learn the real reason why he is working with Cipher and that is because she has kidnapped Elena (portrayed by Elsa Pataky) and his son and is threatening to kill them.

Back at home, Luke is sent to prison but is approached by Mr. Nobody (portrayed by Kurt Russell) and his trainee Little Nobody (portrayed by Scott Eastwood) and he is told to confess his crimes and his crimes will be wiped.  But Luke is not willing to confess and he is placed in prison right across from villain Deckard Shaw (portrayed by Jason Statham) and the two immediately start swiping insults towards each other and how they want to beat each other up.

But all of a sudden, Luke’s prison door opens and immediately Deckard uses the distraction to escape from his cell and he tries to make an escape with other convicts as the prison guards try to stop them.  Luke goes after him and once they are about to escape, it is learned that this was the plan of Mr. Nobody.

Mr. Nobody recruits Luke, Deckard, Letty, Roman, Tej and Ramsey to stop Cipher but first, they must stop Dominic.  But can they?


VIDEO:

“The Fate and the Furious ” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). Featuring close-ups with very good detail, the film looks fantastic and vibrant may it be in Havana, New York and even Iceland, as many of the scenes were shot outdoors. The film looks absolutely fantastic in HD!

I didn’t notice any major artifacts, banding or issues with picture quality during my viewing of the film.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“The Fate and the Furious ” is presented in English DTS-X Immersive Audio, DTS Headphone 2.0, English DVS, Espanol DTS Digital Surround 5.1.

Definitely one of the most immersive films in the film’s franchise, with the high level of actions with weaponry, cars, explosions, chaos and more, this is a film that will no doubt please audiophiles and definitely a reference film for audio enthusiasts.

Subtitles are in English SDH, Espanol, Francais

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Fate and the Furious ” comes with the following special feature:

  • The Cuban Spirit – (8:04) A featurette about the crew exploring Cuba.
  • In the Family – Featuring four featurettes: Betraying the Family: Cipher and Dom (6:35) – A featurette about casting Charlize Theron as a villain; Leaderless: A Family Lost (5:00) – A featurette about the cast discussing Dom going rogue; Shaw Family Values (3:56) – A featurette about Decker Shaw and his family; and Meet the Nobodys (5:44) – A featurette about Mr. Nobody and his protege.  Interview with Kurt Russell and Scott Eastwood.
  • Car Culture – Featuring the following featurettes: The Hero Cars of Fast (10:23) – A featurette of the many vehicles in the film; Zombie Cars (5:33) – A featurette about the computerized cars and how the scene was created; The Ripsaw (5:15) – A featurette about the military tank provided by the US Department of Defense for the film.
  • All About the Stunts – Featuring the following three featurettes: Malecon Street Race (6:13) Behind the scenes of how the race in Havana was pulled off; Iceland Stunt Diaries (6:47) – How the big action scenes were shot in Iceland and The Streets of New York (5:25) How the big action scenes were shot in New York.
  • Extended fight Scenes – (5:03) Featuring the extended prison fight and the plane fight scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Feature commentary with director F. Gary Gray

EXTRAS:

“The Fate and the Furious” comes with the Blu-ray, DVD and a digital code for the Theatrical and Director’s Cut version of the film.  Plus, you get a free film from Universal’s UPHE Rewards.


“The Fate and the Furious”, the eighth installment of in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is no doubt bigger, more action-packed and more exciting than the previous films in terms of risk and chaotic moments, but has the franchise at a point of exhaustion for fans?

The answer is “no”, if the box office earnings surpassing $1 billion is used as a litmus test.

There is no doubt that the franchise is a cash cow and for the most part, the films are exciting and fun popcorn action films but there is no doubt the producers wanted to find ways to do better than “Furious 7” which was a big box office hit and financially the succeed, but the problem is now they are going into a direction that feels like a cross between “The Expendables”, James Bond films meet “Fast and the Furious”.

Earlier in the series, you felt the films felt right as they dealt with major heists and with each film, the stakes got higher and higher.

Bringing back the crew to take on a cyberterrorist named Cipher who has an easy time breaking in to a secured top-secret government facility to steal the “Eye of God” and manages to orchestrate chaos in New York City that would make Michael Bay smile and have eyes wide open and evading Russians and a huge submarine in the frozen tundra seems a bit too much.

If producers wanted high stakes, bigger and more explosive than its previous film, I could understand that.

But the question is…where does the franchise go from there?  Back to basics?  Or are we going to see “Avengers”/Marvel Studios type of action where we see Dom and team take on space aliens, become the next A-Team and that’s where I’ll be checking out because I feel the franchise has strayed far from the type of stories that made me interested in the franchise to begin with.

One thing remains constant in the film…”Family” and that is the potential that writers can definitely work with.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if we see tragedy visits the family once again, possibly in a larger scale.

With that being said, I give “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray major props in taking on this exciting over-the-top action film.  It’s orchestrated very well, the high level of action scenes and chaos orchestrated in one film pitting Dom and his crew against each other is no doubt and seeing Dom turn rogue was very well-played.

Actress Charlize Theron who plays the mad cyberterrorist Cipher is no doubt one of the most vilest villains to appear in the films.

And of course, to have Decker Shaw (Statham) return but this time, teaming up with the crew, and playing off Dwayne Johnson worked very well.

On Blu-ray, the film looks fantastic.  Outdoor scenes are vibrant, closeups show amazing detail and the lossless audio is quite immersive with the many action sequences throughout the film, explosions, car crashes, destruction galore, both video and audiophiles should be happy with this HD release!  And for special features, at first it didn’t seem like much, but there are multiple special features within each listing, so that should keep fans busy.

And last, you also get an UltraViolet code for the theatrical and Director’s Cut of the film, plus an extra code for a free film via UPHE Rewards.

Overall, “The Fate and the Furious” no doubt went bigger in terms of action and destruction but is it the best film in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise?  That’s all subjective.  But if you love the films and have grown up watching the crew all this time, you are definitely going to go on one hell of a ride with this film.  Recommended!

 






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