Fast & Furious 5, known in most places as Fast Five, roars onto 4K Ultra HD to plug the gap in the previously released parts of the collection. But how is it on the format? Is it a thriller, or mere filler?
The story: Right. Following the last instalment, Dom’s in prison. Two minutes in here and he’s been busted out. Then it’s off to Rio, the land of train robbers and a really big Jesus statue. It’s also the land of a decidedly dodgy type who very much likes his pallets of cash – which Dom and his crew would like to get their cut of. Cue the arrival of The Rock as a US agent – if you’ve ever wanted to see Vin and Dwayne go the biff then get in – and plans for a heist that is so ridiculous it’s a total joy to behold. Suffice to say: giant vault, two muscle cars, very strong cables, Rio streets. It’s a cop car chase that would have the Blues Brothers doffing their pork pie hats out of respect.
More than ever before within the franchise, Fast & Furious 5 takes the best bits of the series thus far – the cars and the action – and tweaks them up, while toning down some of the more po-faced moments that could be a bit of a buzz kill. It’s ultimately a rather silly series, and this one revels in that to great effect, while continuing to honour the strong commitment to family, regardless of how ragtag it is.
“The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room. Right here, right now. Salute, mi familia.”
The 4K disc: Another film finished at 2K – the more computer-generated effects, the more likelihood of this – the upscaled presentation that we get here is pretty sharp. Well, save for some of those effects shots. The power of HDR enhancement is especially noticeable in the scenes of sunny Brazil, bringing a more naturally bright look to things than HDR-free formats such as DVD and Blu-ray can ever muster. At the same time, black levels never suffer, and are very impressive. Film grain is so slight as to be not worth mentioning…. but too late, we’ve mentioned it anyway.
Our sonic experience today comes via the DTS:X format, and it doesn’t disappoint. If you have the full enchilada setup speaker-wise then you’re completely immersed amidst the action – and this one in particular offers plenty. While everything from the various hot-as vehicles to the soundtrack booms, the dialogue always remains clear in this very well-balanced mix.
A director’s commentary from Justin Lin features on the 4K disc, along with the option to play the extended cut, which adds around one minute to proceedings (mostly arced-up violence). Pop in the standard Blu-ray that’s conveniently included in the package and you’ll be confronted with a heap of extras. These include several featurettes, outtakes and a gag reel.
Release date: June 19, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.