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Fast and the Furious, The

Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is an undercover cop who has to infiltrate the world of street racing gangs to discover who is responsible for a couple of violent truck hijackings. When he joins up with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang, things start to look good and when Brian meets Dominic’s sister he instantly falls in love. At first everyone is pretty happy with him but when after a while some people start to think there’s a fraud amongst the racers, things start to heat up.

Don’t expect too much story in The Fast and the Furious as what I’ve written above is about all there is to it. On the other hand, the way the street races are protrayed and how the action flashes before your eyes during 102 minutes make this a really cool action movie. If you’re into hot cars and fast driving, this is definitely worth watching.

Sound and Vision:
The image quality of this DVD is practically perfect. No edge enhancements, good detailing (even in shadows), well-balanced contrast and fine color balance. The same goes for the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound which pounds through your speakers with the finest quality possible due to being streamed at 448kpbs. No DTS soundtrack is available though.

Extras:
Rob Cohen gives his thoughts in an audio soundtrack where he talks and talks about the story and background of The Fast and The Furious and you’ll start thinking he’s the only one in the world who doesn’t know this movie is all about action and speed rather than intriguing storyline. There’s of course a “Making Of” documentary which lasts 18 minutes and another nice extra is a text-only article called “Racer X” which inspired the makers to create the movie.

No real multi-angle viewing possibility is available but instead you can watch several stunts through different angles, one after another. Furthermore there’s several short features where we get to see how sound and vision effects were added and how the movie had to be altered to get a PG13 rating. Last but not least there’s the usual deleted scenes, production notes, information on cast and crew, some music video’s, a visual effects montage and finally a trailer.

Conclusion:
The Fast and The Furious overwhelms you with deep roaring of car engines and high-speed chases through different locations. Both visual and sound quality are top-notch and although the storyline is a bit thin, I’m sure most people will enjoy it. Take that along with the huge amount of extras and you can come to only one conclusion : A definite buy.

Our Score:
9.0

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