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Furious 7: Extended Edition (2015/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)



Picture: A/B- Sound: A/B- Extras: B+ Film: C+



When The Fast and The Furious first debuted in 2001, nobody would have ever expected that the franchise would grow and become the huge box office phenomenon as it has become today. Helping Universal kick off its most lucrative year ever, Furious 7 isn't just all about the fast cars, over the top action, and hot babes this time around but more focused on the characters and the heartfelt bond that they have for one another... a friendship that you can tell reaches past the big screen.

Reuniting The Rock, Vin Diesel, Jordanna Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris (Ludacris) Bridges and the sad last performance by Paul Walker, Furious 7 also gives us Kurt Russell and Jason Statham as the villain. What may be the most shocking factor is the film's director is James Wan, who was also responsible for the Saw, Conjuring and Insidious films, and does a surprisingly good job of directing here out of his usual genres.

Seeing that the behind the scenes drama of star Paul Walker's death during production (which may have had something to do with the huge success of this entry as opposed to others), the film also serves as a nice dedication to him and his important role in the franchise. He was, after all, in every Fast and The Furious film with the exception of the third entry Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

The sins of the past seem to be catch up with Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Walker) and his crew, when Deckard Shaw (Statham) shows up to seek revenge for the travails of his younger brother (played by Luke Evans in the previous film). When a young unknown hacker who claims to have developed 'God's Eye' is also thrown into the mix, things go haywire, and Toretto and his crew need to save the hacker and also settle their scores with Shaw.

The film isn't without it flaws - there are several cheesy elements and moments where physiques are stretched to a degree that you wonder if every character is secretly jacked into The Matrix. Some of the acting and dialogue is on the nose and the chemistry between Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez is nearly non-existent as is the subtext to their on screen relationship. Kurt Russell is mainly there to push the plot forward and make plot points convenient for the characters. But what is one to expect for such a high budget seventh entry in an action series like this?

Furious 7 is a true showpiece for a person with an updated and equipped high definition home theater looking to show off. The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a flawless, lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track (a mixdown from the theatrical Dolby Atmos 11.1 mix), Blu-ray quality doesn't get much better than this. There are also Spanish and French lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks on the disc and subtitles, lossy like the sound on the passable, anamorphically enhanced DVD also included. An Ultraviolet Copy of the film is also available for movie fans that want to watch the film on their computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Universal doesn't shy on the extras here, aside from two different versions of the film (Extended and Theatrical) there are Deleted Scenes, Talking Fast, Back to the Starting Line, Flying Cars, Snatch and Grab, Tower Jumps, Inside The Fight, The Cars of Furious 7, Race Wars, Music Videos, and a Making Of featurette.

Not being a die-hard fan of the franchise, I still found a lot to enjoy in this high octane popcorn muncher of a film. While some of the action is a bit outlandish and your sense of realism needs checked at the door, the acting is on point as are the effects which makes Furious 7 a film must-see on Blu-ray disc.




- James Harland Lockhart V

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