The Fast and the Furious franchise has been one of the most action-packed and fun movie series I’ve seen in the past decade, and I’m glad to see it’s not running on fumes just yet. After seeing the latest one in theaters earlier this year, I was so excited when Universal sent me The Fate of the Furious to review on 4K UHD Blu-ray, as it makes an already exciting film even more so thanks to an ultra-clear picture and amazing sound that makes you feel like you’re part of Dom’s family and racing along with them.
If you haven’t read my review of the theatrical version, please feel free as it contains all the juicy plot details and such. With that being said, I’ll just focus on my take of this 4K UHD edition and it’s special features. As with my review of when I saw it at the movies, I loved this film as it kept me on the edge of my seat during the action bits, and kept me chuckling with the always fun comedic elements. For F. Gary Gray to step in and not lose a step in bringing his take on the action-packed series is an amazing feat for him and here’s hoping he’ll come back for the next installment.
Ever since I saw this at theaters, I was hoping I’d get to review it on 4K Blu-ray, and thankfully my wish came true. Seeing this in 4K and with beautiful HDR colors makes this thrill ride even better as I was able to see even more color and details that I didn’t catch at the movies. While my sound system isn’t as extravagant as a movie theater, it captures the Dolby sound and bass-filled booms more than well enough to bring the theater experience home and comes through perfectly. Then there’s the nice set of extras to race through, like audio commentary by director F. Gary Gray who goes into the challenges of making the film, shooting action scenes and more as he guides viewers through the film as they watch. “The Cuban Spirit” is a nice extra that features an intro by Michelle Rodriguez who takes viewers on a tour of Havana while also featuring interviews with some of the cast and crew that give their take on the amazing time they had there. There’s also some nice multi-part featurettes that go into the characters, the awesome cars, stunts, and more. And for those who loved the fight scenes like I did, you’ll be happy to know there’s some extended parts for even more fisticuff action.
I had a great time with The Fate of the Furious at the movies, and a better time watching it in 4K UHD with all the neat special features. It goes without saying that if love action movies and the previous entries in this series, you’ll want to make a date with fate and race on down and grab this one, as you won’t regret it.