An action-drenched street racer movie that spawned a massive franchise (that isn’t done with us yet), the first The Fast and the Furious hoons onto 4K Ultra HD. So, how does it shape up? Does it show and shine, or is it all show, no go?
The story: Brian, a street racer with a green car wants in on the local action, the ringleader of which is Dom, who has pretty much all the cars (regardless of colour). They race for slips, Brian loses, Dom plays tough guy, then Dom gradually mellows after being rescued from arrest by Bri and lets him into his crew. Little does Dom know, however, that Brian is an undercover cop. Ah, but where do his loyalties ultimately lie?
“Let’s go for a little ride.”
The 4K disc: While the movie dates back to 2001, the transfer here looks anything but dated. A fresh, native 4K presentation, there’s but the finest wash of almost imperceptible grain, while detail is mostly at a premium (the computer-generated titles let the side down a little, but hey, they’re just the titles). The addition of HDR adds wonders to this film, with the bright and ever-so-shiny automotive works of art on display presenting most impressively. As for the sound, a new DTS:X mix is – as you’d both hope and expect – loud. Engines scream and the soundtrack DOOFs – often both at the same time, yet dialogue remains pleasingly decipherable amidst the cacophony. One extra is included on the 4K disc, an audio commentary from director Rob Cohen.
Release date: October 17, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
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