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Fast & Furious 6(2013)
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson reunite for this sixth installment in the 'Fast and Furious' action thriller franchise, directed by Justin Lin. After their lucrative Rio heist, and unable to return home, Dom (Diesel) and the rest of his compatriots are forced to kill time lying low in different locations around the world. When DSS agent Hobbs offers Dom and his crew full pardons in return for taking down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans)'s gang of mercenary drivers, the offer seems too good to pass. But as the rivals head for a showdown on the streets of London, Dom learns that Shaw's second-in-command is none other than his presumed dead former lover, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).
For more about Fast & Furious 6 and the Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray release, see Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on December 2, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson
Director: Justin Lin
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Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray Review
"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, December 2, 2013
Fast & Furious 6, the latest installment in the wildly popular Fast and the Furious franchise, arrives on Blu-ray on a far more somber and sobering note than its predecessors. Series star Paul Walker was killed this past weekend in a single- car accident that also claimed the life of the vehicle's driver, Always Evolving owner Roger Rodas. The actor was attending an event for his charity, Reach Out WorldWide, which has been working to raise funds for those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. By all accounts, Walker was as kind and generous a man as he was passionate a car enthusiast, and while he and Rodas thankfully weren't participating in street racing of any kind, the bitter, bitter irony is that Walker died in life much like he will forever live on screen. Suddenly the Big Dumb Fun of his fifth Fast & Furious film isn't all that fun to watch. It's by no means a bad movie, mind you. If not for the tragedy, Furious 6 would easily stand as one of the more entertaining, over-the- top entries in the genre-shifting series, which has cleverly evolved from niche racing trilogy to full-blown action franchise. But audiences will have a decidedly different experience at home than they did when watching the film in theaters earlier this year.
I've decided in lieu of a review, which strikes me as rather insensitive at the moment, that it would be more fitting to simply discuss the merits of the Blu-ray release and leave discussion about the movie to the forum. The only thing that seems more fitting today is the message Vin Diesel published over the weekend, which offers a sentiment most Fast & Furious fans will share: "Brother, I will miss you very much."
Director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan team up for their fourth series collaboration; a transcontinental caper that reunites fan-favorite stars from the blockbuster franchise's earlier films. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by the love Dom (Vin Diesel) thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for each of them and a chance to make their families whole again. 'Fast & Furious 6' earned almost $800 million at the box office worldwide.
Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray, Video Quality
Fast & Furious 6 features a terrific 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer free of any significant issues. Ringing appears from time to time, a bit of crush too, but everything else looks every bit as impressive as it should. Colors are warm and relatively natural, primaries have kick, skintones are lifelike and accurately saturated, black levels are nice and deep, and contrast is dialed in perfectly. Detail is excellent as well, with crisp edge definition and well-resolved fine textures. There is a bit of softness to be had here and there -- several shots aren't as razor sharp as the film's most visually stunning sequences -- but each instance appears to trace back to the source, nothing more. Artifacting, banding, aliasing and other eyesores are absent, and there aren't any red flags to report. The sixth Blu-ray release in the series doesn't disappoint.
Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray, Audio Quality
The highlight of the disc is Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, which is as proficient, powerful and immersive as the lossless tracks included with previous series entries. Dialogue is clean and clear at all times, with impeccable prioritization even in the midst of the most chaotic chases and action scenes. The rear speakers are brimming with activity; directional effects are precise, cross-channel pans are transparent, and the experience is as enveloping and engaging as any fan could hope for. LFE output is just as rewarding, with deep, heavy thooms, resounding explosions, and the throaty, thundering roar of the cars' engines. Nothing is out of sorts.
Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Fast & Furious 6 Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
It's impossible to watch Fast & Furious 6 without seeing it in a completely different light. It's always strange to watch a film after an actor has died, particularly in cases like this in which circumstances surrounding that death are similar to events depicted on screen. Still, Walker helped make the Fast & Furious franchise the success that it is. If Fast & Furious 7 is completed, and if the series survives to ride another day, it will be, in part, because of him and most certainly dedicated to his memory. How it's completed, how it will survive and, if so, how it will change is something fans will soon find themselves considering. For now, Universal's Blu-ray release is an excellent one, with a knockout AV presentation and a solid supplemental package. Franchise fans will be most pleased.
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• Universal Announces Fast & Furious 6 Proceeds Donation - December 3, 2013
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