The fourth Fast & Furious finally hits 4K Ultra HD to help plug the gap in our collection. But how does it perform on the format? Is it raring to race, or a bit off the pace?
The story: Slotting in chronologically between the second and third movies, the original band is back together and ripping off Dominican petrol tankers. But with police heat rising, Dom (Vin Diesel) decides to get out of Dodge hoping that it’ll help to protect his gf, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). It doesn’t. Heading back to Los Angeles for her funeral, Dom’s soon back into Dodge – this time of the Charger variety – and hot on the trail of a drug lord, seeking revenge, sort of with the help of our old FBI buddy Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). Cars will rev.
Pleasingly, this fourth flick in the series is as big and dumb and loud and shiny as ever. If you take pretty much any of it seriously – beyond the valuable central message revolving around how family doesn’t necessarily mean blood relations – then you just may not be the target audience. Jam your brain in neutral though and hot cars go now!
“A real driver knows exactly what’s in his car.”
The 4K disc: This was finished at 2K, so naturally we receive an upscaled version here. It certainly looks pretty good for such a presentation, with detail on some of the chrome-laden and brightly coloured imported cars coming up an absolute treat. This is bolstered significantly by the presence of HDR, which delivers wonderfully deep levels of black, and brightens proceedings aptly when required. Some effects shots are a little softer simply due to their original rendering resolution, while grain is negligible.
Sonics come via the standard format for the series – and we’ve no complaints – DTS:X. Every rev, whoosh and ping spreads out fabulously around the room, with some great bass at appropriate points in proceedings. Despite all the beautiful noise, all of the marvellously cheesy dialogue remains clear.
Extras-wise, the 4K disc itself houses a commentary track from director Justin Lin. The included standard Blu-ray delivers a cavalcade of bonus content though, including a selection of eight featurettes, a gag reel, a Pitfull music video and even a 20-minute short film from Vin Diesel, entitled Los Bandeleros, that serves as a prequel to the main feature.
Release date: June 19, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.