(2023 aka Fast
& Furious 10/Universal
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Robot
(1953/Bayview Blu-ray3D w/Blu-ray2D and Anaglyph 3D)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ 3D Picture: A- Picture: B Sound:
B+/B- Extras: C/B Films: C
(2023, aka Fast
& Furious 10)
is the latest in the endless releases of the over-bloated franchise
that is finally starting to run low on gas. Having gone way
overbudget, Vin Diesel (what happened to his career?) recycles his
character to the point where even he looks bored. In the opening
sequence, he is joined in flashback by his best friend (a horrid CGI
version of the late Paul Walker that looks unnatural, distressed and
is more morbid than you might think) in a caper going badly. One
reason is a new adversary (Jason Momoa, easily outacting the whole
cast) who will go after the remaining 'family' team for the long,
long 140 minutes we get stuck with.
Moreno and Helen Mirren get paychecks for brief appearances as the
rest of the cast (including Michele Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, John
Cena, Ludacris, Jordana Brewer, Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, Scott
Eastwood and many more look lost and/or the reshoots, climbing
budgets and the makers not knowing what to do with all this anymore
makes this one go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and
on. The two big later action sequences want to top key moments in
and the 1989 James Bond film Licence
but fail miserably.
only highlight for me was Momoa's character tormenting everyone,
especially Diesel. There are other 'surprises' here and there, but
this is so beyond tired and predictable, only the biggest fans will
find anything here.
are still many and (per the press release) include:
Family bonds are always the strongest. Reunite with your favorite
FAST family members as we introduce new characters, travel across
continents, reveal intimate views of epic stunts, and get personal
about the beginning of the end of the FAST franchise.
BREAKS: SCENE BREAKDOWNS WITH LOUIS LETERRIER:
Director Louis Leterrier gives insight into some of the magic that
went into making FAST
breaking down how he filmed these unforgettable action scenes in
legendary locations around the world.
RIDES OF FAST X:
In FAST, we cast cars like we cast characters. Take a closer look at
how classic FAST cars were rebuilt for FAST
and which new vehicles are customized and introduced to enhance the
lifeblood of the franchise.
OF THE BRAWL:
The women of
not to be messed with. Watch as they add their special talents to
huge fight scenes, from rehearsal to the real thing.
Revisit FAST's past as our story takes us back to Rio de Janeiro,
where we'll experience a non-stop party, exotic cars, and a classic
FAST quarter mile street race.
MOMOA: CONQUERING ROME:
Jason Momoa joins the FAST franchise to portray a villain that
pushes the team to the brink of disaster. Watch as Momoa discusses
his approach to the character, biking down the narrow streets of
Rome, and performing his own stunts.
B TAKES THE WHEEL:
Get to know the youngest member of the Toretto family as we dive
into Little B's journey in
introduce Leo Abelo Perry.
FRIEND IN THE END:
The FAST franchise has a history of shocking end-credit tags, and
FAST X is no different. We take a special look at this scene and
why, if you're watching a FAST movie, you never want to get up
before the end credits are finished!
a FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR LOUIS LETERRIER.
(1953) is considered one of the worst films ever made, though that is
a criticism from the days we used to have much higher expectations
for feature films than we do now. One of the early movies considered
'so bad its good' offers a deadly alien killer called 'Ro-Man' (a guy
in a gorilla outfit, wearing a bad space helmet!) with a deadly use
of a new invention called television to warn the world he is coming
to destroy everything and take over.
you are not laughing, you too will be perplexed as to how and why
this was ever made, an idea so basic that there is comedy filler in
the first few minutes before the actual narrative story begins. Then
the madness begins, but not what many might expect.
unknown cast tries their version of acting, but to little avail. The
real star here is the 3D effects, rendered even better than I have
ever seen them since this is the first time the original 3D 35mm film
materials (the only surviving set left!) have been found and brought
to home video. That means those old analog TV broadcasts when you
picked up the red/blue (or red/green glasses, depending) at your
participating local convenience store (local chain, et al) to see it
in 3D and it did not work did not work for a reason. The full
elements were not used!
Bayview Home Entertainment have issued it for this new home video
release on a single disc offering a new Blu-ray3D transfer, new
Blu-ray2D transfer and a red/blue Anaglyph 3D version you can play on
all TV sets. No matter how bad a movie, it is a must-see, especially
include the anaglyphic red/blue glasses to see the older 3D without a
Blu-ray3D system, then 3-D BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE...
IN YOUR EYES (1953): Robot Monster's original prologue starring
Slick Slaven aka Trustin Howard. New 4K scan from the left/right
35mm master positives.
OF A POOPED-OUT PINWHEEL (2022): Greg Moffett shares his personal
recollections of filming on location over a period of four days in
THROUGH TIME & SPACE (2023): Newly curated vintage slide
presentation from Stereoscopic Anthropologist, Hillary Hess
IN 3-D (1953): Newly restored Golden Age 3-D Comic Book, presented
in association with Carl Scheckel at Carl's Comix. [Incredibly well
drawn and done!!!]
additional trailers, vintage shorts, and a restoration demo!
you have 2-D BONUS FEATURES INCLUDING
SLICK (2023): Sean Thrunk's new documentary short explains how
1950's nightclub comedian Slick Slaven is reminded of his
long-forgotten act and identity when his lost 3-D film is revived in
DANTE, TRAILERS FROM HELL (2013): 1956 MONSTER FROM MARS reissue
trailer hosted by Joe Dante, courtesy of Trailers from Hell
& INNOVATIONS (2023) - Bob Furmanek describes the original
day-for-night footage and Phil Tucker's innovative use of "Double
Film" aka "3-D Blinkey."
RO-MAN (2023): This documentary short by filmmaker Sean Thrunk tells
how an accidental discovery of two forgotten 35mm prints in 1990
saved the only complete 3-D footage.
LENGTH COMMENTARY TRACK (2022) with Greg Moffett, Mike Ballew, Eric
Kurland and Lawrence Kaufman.
I A MAN (2022): New song by The Other Favorites, aka Josh Turner and
Carson McKee, played during the post-feature restoration credits and
GALLERY (2023): Created by Charles Barnard with original newspaper
ads, posters, lobbycards and publicity photographs.
BELA LUGOSI - YOU ASKED FOR IT (July 27, 1953): Appearance on live
television, newly restored.
for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1, Dolby
Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image on Fast
is not bad, but not great and just better than the 1080p 2.35 X 1
digital High Definition image transfer on the regular Fast
Blu-ray. Take the motion blur from the HD shoot and add other
softness and some really bad CGI digital visual effects and this is
far from the best-looking film in the series. The images are just
tripping over themselves and each other to try to outdo each other
when its just the same shallow phoniness over and over again.
Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) is also
shocking a wreck with uneven mixing, uneven recording, overhead
speakers being barely used and other mixing choices that range
between really bad to really bizarre. The combination is one of the
oddest and poorest in any big budget commercial film we've run into
in a while.
1080p 1.33 X 1 MVC-encoded 3-D - Full Resolution and anaglyphic
red/blue 3D digital High Definition images on Robot
comes from the only surviving, full 3D 35mm film elements and its
reputation as one of the best and most effective 3D feature films
veer made is not hype. It is very effective, well done and more than
lives up to its reputation as one fo the best such films ever made,
as bad as the actual film is. Even the 1080p 1.33 X 1 black &
white digital High Definition image transfer of the 2D version is in
remarkably clean, clear shape for its age or any film its age. It
can almost be as surprising as the 3D version on that level.
Overall, an incredible restoration and preservation that delivers
more than you would expect.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix on the film is
shockingly uncompressed and clearer than I expected. That the sound
(including music by Elmer Bernstein!) has survived this well is
amazing, but it helps add the great image fidelity in all three
presentations. The combination will impress everyone.