-

Jump to content



Photo
- - - - -

Official HTF HD Review: The Fast and the Furious Trilogy


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
10 replies to this topic

#1 of 11 Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Executive Producer

  • 16,226 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted October 18 2006 - 07:27 AM

[img]http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/4/4d/ronsreviews_covers_74988.jpg">  






HD DVD Title: The Fast and the Furious
Rated: PG-13
Screen format: 1080P 2.35:1
Studio: Universal
First theatrical release: June 21, 2001
Previously released on DVD/BluRay: Multiple, including fullscreen, widescreen and special ‘tricked out’ editions
Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, Ted Levine
Sound Formats: English, Spanish, French Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
Length: 1 Hour, 47 Minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French



Plot: 3.5/5
The youth of LA have kept the car in the center of their culture since the 50s, today however speed, sexiness, and swagger have taken the focus. The Fast and the Furious uses the LA import tuner car society as the backdrop into a convoluted story about stolen consumer electronics, where the only things that matter are the respect you get from driving and how good you look doing it. Brian O’Conner (Walker) is a detective deep undercover looking for the gang using custom tuned Japanese race cars to steal truck loads of DVD players and other scores. The evidence points to the crew of Dominic Torreto (Diesel) an ex con with the reputation as the fastest driver in town. O’Conner suspects that it’s a rival Japanese gang led by Johnny Tran (Yune) but it may be that his obsession with Toretto’s sister Mia (Brewster) has clouded his vision.

While the cast may be full of Hollywood’s young elite, the cars are the stars of this movie. Featuring some incredible stunts, including computer composites that have never been seen before, the action sequences are memorable and represent a new start to just what is possible in a race movie.

Sound Quality: 5/5
F&F will certainly test all of your speakers. The cacophony of the volcanic rumble of American Muscle dueling against Japanese technology and Nitrous Oxide fueled street cars, squeeling wheels, and the hoots and hollers of the drivers presents more than just a wall of sound, it’s a full bubble of sound that is constantly in motion. Add in a hip-hop inspired sound track, full of urban southwestern flavor, and you find definite demo quality material. Crank it up and let it wash over you.

Visual Quality: 4.5/5
F&F is also a great looking movie with a perfect transfer. The racing sequences are incredibly sharp, well colored given they are mostly night shoots, and there is absolutely no hint of edge enhancement or spots, pops, dust or other errant elements on the transfer. Grain is notable in many sequences, particularly due to the choice of film stock and as a conscious decision of the film maker given the night shoots. This is not something to be critical about, it is an important part of the look of the film.

Extra Features: 5/5
This disk is among the first batch from Universal to really approach HD-DVD’s capabilities for a truly interactive experience. Personally, I prefer my extras to be linearly available from a menu so I can pick and choose from them, but for those who prefer this new method, it is an exciting addition. Leading this is a feature length ‘picture in picture’ that presents behind the scenes video in a commentary track like format. Also included are a full making of featurette, a comparison shot showing the same scene filmed from about 9 different angles simultaneously, a visual effects featurette, 3 music videos, a bunch of deleted and extended scenes, and a featurette that has a playboy playmate and an import tuner take a stock car and fully trick it out. All are in standard definition, but there is plenty to choose from and the interactivity is slick. This is a great start and really shows what can be done with the format when the budget is there to do it right.

Overall: 4.5/5 (not an average)
Combining demo quality sound, sharp visuals, slick extra features and a fun ride of a film, this is a disk that is worth owning for many reasons. As part of the trilogy of films, it is seminal in kicking off the franchise, and it’s the most polished of the bunch. The Fast and the Furious is HD DVD done right.






HD DVD Title: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Rated: PG-13
Screen format: 1080P 2.35:1
Studio: Universal
First theatrical release: June 6, 2003
Previously released on DVD/BluRay: Multiple, including Widescreen and Franchise Editions
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, James Remar
Sound Formats: English, Spanish, French Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
Length: 1 Hour, 48 Minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French



Plot: 2.5/5
Continuing O’Conner (Walker)’s story where we left off from The Fast and the Furious, 2F&F has him arrested for letting Toretto go. In order to get back in the good graces of the FBI, he agrees to aid them in bringing mobster Carter Verone (Hauser) down. O’Conner infiltrates the Miami street racing scene, and recruits his former friend Roman Pearce (Gibson) to help him pose as local racers. With the help of undercover agent Fuentes (Mendes) O’Conner and Pearce are recruited as drivers for Verone, setting the trap to bring him down.

Sound Quality: 4/5
The sound on this movie is very good, but not in the same league as that from the original. There are plenty of action scenes with terrific bass, split surround effects and it has a solid sound track, it just doesn’t have the presence or total hit you in your gut drive that the original has in spades. Again hip-hop influences are notable, this time with a Miami flavor, including new music from Ludacris.

Visual Quality: 4.5/5
In moving the setting to Miami, this film naturally features a lot more sunny outdoor segments and the color palette is suitably expanded. Again, the transfer is simply perfect, with no grain, pops, dust or edge enhancement to be found. While there are some great visual effects, there aren’t any groundbreaking new ones to be found as the original, and some of the originals are rehashed here in homage, which is neat for continuity but not as impressive as the creativity shown in the original.

Extra Features: 4/5
There is a pretty good depth of bonuses on this disk, eschewing the feature length interactivity but adding a director’s commentary track. Features include a behind the scenes making of featurette, a look at the driving school the actors attended, outtakes and deleted scenes, a behind the scenes look at the music video production with Ludacris, a video short that connects F&F to 2F2F, customizing an import and an in depth look at three featured cars, the Spyder, Evo VII and S2000.

Overall: 3.5/5 (not an average)
Fans of the original or those looking for adrenaline fueled excitement will find a lot to like about this disk, and the fact that the sound and video are of such high quality goes in its favor as well. While the story is a bit weak, the entertainment provided in the racing segments more than carries its weigh. On its own, 2F2F is a moderately successful disk, but in comparison the original it is easy to pick apart the areas where it falls a bit short.





HD DVD Title: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – Combo Format
Rated: PG-13
Screen format: 1080P 2.35:1 / Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 on DVD side
Studio: Universal
First theatrical release: June 16, 2006
Previously released on DVD/BluRay: Widescreen DVD only available same day
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Lucas Black, Bow Wow
Sound Formats: English, Spanish, French Dolby Digital Plus 5.1; DVD side English Spanish, French DD 5.1
Length: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French



Plot: 4/5
In Tokyo Drift, the story jumps away from O’Conner’s world and lands on the shoulders of Sean Boswell (Black). Boswell is a Navy brat from a split family. After breaking the rules too many times he is sent to live with his father in Japan, and immediately falls in with a crowd like the one he just left: young and obsessed with cars and speed. What Boswell isn’t prepared for is the concept of drifting: using your tires and acceleration to make high speed turns that used to be thought impossible using traditional racing concepts. He also isn’t ready for the influence of the Yakuza, who are behind everything his new friends are into. By learning to control his driving as well as his own self control, Boswell might just be able to pull himself out of the trouble he has gotten into and become a man in the process.

Sound Quality: 4/5
Matching the move across the ocean, mixing in Japanese bubblegum pop into the mostly hip hop soundtrack the F&F series is known for is a nice bridge to this new chapter in the series. Technologically, the bass and surround are definitely high quality, explosives are very realistic, the roar of the cars matches action on screen, and music is well positioned all around the room. This is another solid fielding in this franchise, but one that again falls just short of the sonic fury that the original possesses.

Visual Quality: 4.5/5
Like the others in the series, the transfer is flat out perfect, with high sharpness, low grain, and no edge enhancement to speak of. Again there are zero pops or scratches on the print, just flawless action. Since we are back into the city, a lot of night driving is called for again, and LA is used as a pretty realistic stand in for Tokyo, in fact I didn’t realize it WASN’T Tokyo until I saw the making of featurettes. The hilltop drifting scenes allow us to get out into the country a bit, providing an opportunity to open up the palette and get some needed depth to the colors.

Extra Features: 5/5
If the F&F disk was HD DVD done right, this disk is the combo format done to perfection. On the HD side we have the full interactive experience, which provides picture in picture access to interviews and behind the scenes featurettes while never letting go of the on screen film. Viewers are able to access storyboards, the specs of the cars, watch the cars location on a GPS screen, and view production photos. Again, I prefer my behind the scenes to be menu driven, but it is hard to argue with how slickly this is done. Additional features include Driving school with the actors, meeting the real inspiration behind the Drift King character, a feature length commentary track, and deleted scenes. This is a full bundle no matter how you approach the extras. Well done!

Overall: 4/5 (not an average)
While this film doesn’t have the drive or the charisma of the original, at least the story is something new, and the unique drifting angle adds a lot to both the story itself and the flair of the movie. The audio and video qualities are quite high, it is simply a fun experience even if it isn’t in the realm of timeless classics. Franchise fans will enjoy this new twist in the story’s progress, and it leaves us wondering where the series will head next.

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#2 of 11 Niko Nykanen

Niko Nykanen

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 205 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 20 1999

Posted October 18 2006 - 07:39 AM

Didn´t the first movie have a TrueHD track?
I almost bought this one because of that last friday but then I remembered how much I disliked the movie. ...but the sound was fantastic on the dvd (dts) so it almost made me buy this.
Almost.
Lyxdesics of the lowrd untie!

#3 of 11 Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Executive Producer

  • 16,226 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted October 18 2006 - 07:50 AM

It doesnt note it on my box and I didnt see it in the menu.

Sam

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#4 of 11 Niko Nykanen

Niko Nykanen

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 205 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 20 1999

Posted October 18 2006 - 09:29 AM

Oh, my bad.
I got the info from site:
http://www.dvdirect....?id=25193001825
Now i´m even more glad I didn´t buy it.
Posted Image

Thanks.
Lyxdesics of the lowrd untie!

#5 of 11 Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Executive Producer

  • 16,226 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted October 18 2006 - 10:33 AM

Well, if you are skipping this simply over a minor bump in a sound specification.... not much I can tell you that will change your mind. True HD is great, but I wouldnt miss out on a movie I like if it isnt on there.

Sam

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#6 of 11 Tim Glover

Tim Glover

    Lead Actor

  • 7,658 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 12 1999
  • Real Name:Tim Glover

Posted October 18 2006 - 02:04 PM

Great job Sam. All 3 reviews back to back to back. You must be worn out from these AFI classics Posted Image....just kidding. They are what they are-FUN, & kind of COOL.

Good job. Posted Image

#7 of 11 Niko Nykanen

Niko Nykanen

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 205 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 20 1999

Posted October 18 2006 - 05:38 PM

Quote:
if you are skipping this simply over a minor bump in a sound specification
No, I´m skipping the movie because I loathe it, but TrueHD would´ve forced me to buy it. Good demo-material.

I have lot´s of movies with "just" DD+.
Posted Image
Lyxdesics of the lowrd untie!

#8 of 11 Xavier Roy-Bois

Xavier Roy-Bois

    Agent

  • 31 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 27 2000

Posted October 18 2006 - 06:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Niko Nykanen
No, I´m skipping the movie because I loathe it, but TrueHD would´ve forced me to buy it. Good demo-material.

I have lot´s of movies with "just" DD+.
Posted Image

Movies like this deserve a TRUE-HD soundtrack ! It's like Warner would have omitted the FANTASTIK TRUE-HD track on their Batman Begins release.

Sure Batman Begins is a great movie but without TRUE-HD we are missing the complete experience.

Same with The Fast and The Furious
Can"t wait to hear DD+ and DTHD at their full resolution !

Bring us HDMI 1.3 equipped receivers fast !!!

#9 of 11 Marko Berg

Marko Berg

    Supporting Actor

  • 856 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 22 2002

Posted October 18 2006 - 08:38 PM

Quote:
Sure Batman Begins is a great movie but without TRUE-HD we are missing the complete experience.

Batman Begins does have a Dolby TrueHD track on HD DVD.

#10 of 11 Niko Nykanen

Niko Nykanen

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 205 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 20 1999

Posted October 19 2006 - 01:21 AM

Marko:
Xavier also wrote:
Quote:
It's like Warner would have omitted the FANTASTIK TRUE-HD track on their Batman Begins release.
Posted Image
Lyxdesics of the lowrd untie!

#11 of 11 Ben_Williams

Ben_Williams

    Second Unit

  • 454 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 15 2005

Posted October 19 2006 - 04:45 AM

Sam... great reviews! I've been curious about Tokyo Drift and I think I'll pick it up based on your recommendation!

Thanks!





Forum Nav Content I Follow