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USHE Press Release: Fast & Furious (DVD/Blu-ray)


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#1 of 4 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 03 2009 - 10:31 AM

The Newest Film in the Explosive, Adrenaline-Fueled, Action-Packed Fast and the Furious Franchise Races Into Overdrive Reuniting the Original Cast Including Vin Diesel and Paul Walker

FAST & FURIOUS

Start Your Engines July 28, 2009
On 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD
For a Limited Time Only with Digital Copy
From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal City, California – The cast of the original built-for-speed, action-packed blockbuster is reunited in Fast & Furious, the fiery, all-new turbo-charged film screeching to
Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD on July 28, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Packed with more fast cars, hot bodies and edge-of-your-seat street racing than ever, Fast & Furious is available on 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Hi-Def, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, single-disc DVD and download to own. Both the Blu-ray™ and Special Edition DVD sets are packed with bonus features and contain a digital copy of the film that can be enjoyed on an array of electronic devices.

Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick) and Paul Walker (2 Fast 2 Furious) reteam with Michelle Rodriguez (“Lost”) and Jordana Brewster (Annapolis) for the ultimate adventure in unfettered speed. Director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) also returns to create the latest entry in the edgy fast-paced, crowd-pleasing franchise. Fast & Furious is priced at $39.98 SRP on 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Hi-Def, $34.98 SRP on 2-Disc DVD and $29.98 SRP as a single-disc DVD. In addition for the ultimate fan, a 4-Disc, 4 Movie Collection containing The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious will be available for $69.98 SRP. Preorder close is June 9, 2009.


In addition to the incredible experience of perfect picture and the purest digital sound, the Fast & Furious Blu-ray™ Hi-Def release also comes with the added bonus of cast member Paul Walker and director Justin Lin appearing in “Take Control,” one of Universal’s acclaimed U-CONTROL features. Walker and Lin “step inside” the film to reveal details about the filmmaking process. Universal’s exclusive BD-Live™ Center gives fans access to additional content, the latest trailers and more!

HIGH OCTANE BONUS FEATURES

Exclusive-to-Blu-ray™ Hi-def :
· U-Control – Universal’s exclusive feature that lets you access bonus materials without leaving the movie!
o Take Control – Paul Walker and Justin Lin take control of the viewing experience in this unique feature, offering a personal visual commentary by engaging with select scenes of the film to reveal details of the filmmaking process.
o Virtual Car Garage and Tech Specs – Viewers will be able to view specs on a particular car from the film, go to the garage where they can browse the vehicles up close, and even build their own custom made car to share with the BD-Live™ community.
· BD-LIVE™ – Viewers can connect to the Internet for a unique behind-the-scenes look at memorable scenes and access new and exciting exclusive online and interactive features, including Fast & Furious Video Mash-Up, My Scenes Sharing, My Chat and My Fast & Furious Commentary.

Both the Blu-rayTM and Special Edition DVD include:
· Los Bandoleros – Vin Diesel’s original short film provides an exciting back-story of characters and the need for fuel that sets up the explosive land train heist in Fast and Furious. Featuring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriquez, Sung Kang, Don Omar and Tego Calderon.
· Under the Hood-Muscle Cars – A look at some of the muscle cars in the film including the return of Vin Diesel’s iconic Charger.
· Under the Hood-Imports – A look at some of the hot import rides featured in the film
· Getting the Gang Back Together – The return of cast and crew, to make another chapter in the Fast and the Furious saga.
· Driving School with Vin Diesel – Vin Diesel hits the track to brush up on his stunt driving.
· Shooting the Big Rig Heist – Breaking down the film’s complex , adrenaline-fueled opening sequence.
· Races and Chases – Putting together some of the car sequences in the film, mainly the big LA street race and the chase through the smugglers’ tunnels.
· High Octane Action: The Stunts – Looking at some of the stunts in the film, notably the Chevelle explosion, the death of Fenix and the amazing “three car roll out” in the desert.
· South of the Border: Filming in Mexico with a look at Vin interacting with his passionate fans.
· Trailers from all four “Fast and Furious” films
· “Blanco” Music Video by Pitbull featuring Pharrell
· Gag Reel – Outtakes from the making of the film
· Filmmaker Commentary
· Fast & Furious Digital Copy: Transfer the included digital copy to your iPod, Mac or PC and experience Fast & Furious anywhere, anytime!
The Single Disc DVD contains:
· Filmmaker Commentary
· Gag Reel – Outtakes from the making of the film

SYNOPSIS
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam for the ultimate chapter of the blockbuster street racing franchise: Fast & Furious. Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, blasting through Los Angeles and into the Mexican desert in
muscle, tuner and exotic cars. When tragedy returns fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) to Los Angeles, his long dormant feud with FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Walker) threatens to reignite—
until they discover a common enemy. Dom and Brian declare a precarious truce as they try to outmaneuver their adversary and exact revenge. >From convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, the two men push the limits of what is possible behind the wheel as they live for speed, drive for the rush and break all the rules!

CAST AND FILMMAKERS
Directed By: Justin Lin
Screenplay By: Chris Morgan
Based on Characters Created By Gary Scott Thompson
Produced By: Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell
Director of Photography: Amir Mokri
Edited By: Fred Raskin, Christian Wagner
Production Designer: Ida Random
Costumes By: Sanja Milkovic Hayes
Music By: Brian Tyler
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Sung Kang, Tego Calderon, Don Omar

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
2-Disc Blu-rayTM Hi-Def
Street Date: July 28, 2009
Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61106098
Price: $39.98 SRP
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Layers: BD-50 (Disc 1) Dual Layer (Disc 2)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2:40.1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references
Technical Info: Disc 1: (Blu-ray) English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish and French DTS Surround 5.1, English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles. Disc 2: English Dolby Digital 2.0

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
2-DISC DVD
Street Date: July 28, 2009
Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61106100
Price: $34.98 SRP
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Disc 1: Widescreen 2:40.1, Disc 2: Various
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references
Technical Info: Disc 1: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles. Disc 2: English Dolby Digital 2.0


TECHNICAL INFORMATION
SINGLE DISC DVD
Street Date: July 28, 2009
Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61104669
Price: $29.98 SRP
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

4-Movie DVD
Price: $69.98 SRP
Includes: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast, 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious.

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#2 of 4 Nelson Au

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Posted June 03 2009 - 03:20 PM

Cool.

3 months from theater to home video? Is this a record, or have I been not paying attention?

I think I read the post clearly, the last item is about a set with all 4 movies? But it is not Blu Ray? I don't have any of the films on BD yet, so that would be a nice set. Though I think the 2nd is the weakest.

#3 of 4 SVTStingRay

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Posted June 04 2009 - 09:51 AM

yeah this one should have been part 2. this one was good, even paul walker is less annoying.

#4 of 4 Stephen_J_H

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Posted June 04 2009 - 10:10 AM

I don't suppose they'll release a 4-movie box anytime soon. Posted Image One of the things Uni did in the DVD days was to make available for a nominal fee (I think it was $10) to fans who purchased the Jurassic Park/Lost World 2-pack and JP III separately a box to hold all 3 films with a disc of bonus features. Given the features on this, I'd be happy to buy the current box and the 4th film if they included an offer to get a box for a nominal charge. I guess it's that OCD tendency of mine to keep my film series together.
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