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The Fast and the Furious (SE)
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10.10.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
The Fast and the Furious (SE) order
Director:
Rob Cohen

Actors:
Vin Diesel
Paul Walker
Michelle Rodriguez

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Extras:
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An undercover cop infiltrates the world of underground street racing in the hopes of finding out who’s behind a rash of truck-jackings. Stuck in a battle between road king Dom (Diesel) and rival Johnny Tran, he puts the pedal to the metal and investigates some adrenaline rushes the likes of which you and I can only have wet dreams about.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Is it good? Let me put it this way: I spent half this movie too scared to move because I was convinced I’d shit my pants!! Holy Filthy Pants, Batman!!! From the slick cars, to the hot, half-naked women, to the unendurable coolness of Vin Diesel, I could simply not turn away. This is one for the records, kids! This movie will grab you by the balls, rip them off, re-attach them and then tear them off again!! Speed, noise, girls, colors, guns, motorcycles, crazy Asian bad guys, sharp-shooting truck drivers, Michelle Rodriguez’ cool boots…those are only some of the ingredients you’ll find in this highly explosive recipe for fun.

Director Rob Cohen does a bang-up job of exposing a mysterious underbelly of society that is underground street racing. Not only that, but the impeccable casting of Diesel as Road Warrior Dom Toretto and Paul Walker as pretty-boy Brian O’Connor, combined with an engine busting supporting cast are all you need to put you in the swing of things and take the old jalopy for a spin. Awesome sights, awesome sounds, awesome Vin Diesel, awesome movie!
THE EXTRAS
Well, it’s time to take out the point-form extras list again. You know what that means? It means there are enough extras on this DVD to keep you busy for an entire snowy evening. Here goes:

Documentary: The Making of “The Fast and the Furious” (18 minutes) : Pretty slick documentary which has the same great look at the movie. Bright colors and slick music keep you entertained while the documentary explores the Street Racing subculture and the thrill of speed itself. Nice to look at, with some insight from scene insiders, it’s full of information that slowly makes you realize that the wild film you just saw is actually not that far off from reality.

Feature Commentary by Director Rob Cohen : As far as commentary tracks go, this is a good one. I always like it when the director is alone, because it prevents him from chatting pretentiously with other moviemakers and just talk about the movie. In this rarest of occasions, Cohen actually does bring new insight and information that fills in some of the blanks left by the movie. Cheers Rob! Good work!

Racer X: The Article that Inspired the Movie : Text rendition of the article by Kenneth Li, describing the Street Racing Scene. A bit hard on the eyes for those who don’t like reading off a TV, but it definitely makes you want to soup up the old Bonneville and go for a ride…

Deleted Scenes (7 minutes) : Eight deleted, untreated scenes, depicting various short segues within the movie. They don’t really add anything new and you can pretty quickly see why they were left on the cutting room floor, but after you finish the film, you’ll be so pumped up, you’ll even want to watch the end credits in fast forward!

Multiple Camera Angle Stunt Sequence : This is pretty original. It’s a point-of-view shot from each of the eight cameras used to film the wild car stunt at the end of the movie. Each camera runs through the entire scene. Slick.

Movie Magic Interactive Special Effects : This is also a first for me. Using some superimposed plates from stunts in the film, this lets you watch each shot separately and then the entire finished shot. Kind of gives you a perspective of the incredible amount of work it takes to set up a decent looking stunt shot, never mind the mind-blowing ones in this film.

Featurette on Editing for Motion Picture Association of America (5 minutes) : This is a pretty cool feature that shows the director and the editor trimming a scene and trying to earn their PG-13 rating. Pretty cool, as you see them cut and shop some frames while trying to preserve the integrity of the scene.

Visual Effects Montage (4 minutes) : Slick little music video-like feature that shows raw footage from the visual effects lab, blue screen stuff, CGI and others all presented with some pretty blood-stirring techno music.

Storyboards-to-Final feature Comparison : Neat little feature lets you split your screen between a storyboard montage and the actual scene from the movie. Cool, as the storyboards also have the slick look of the film. It only works for a couple of scenes, but they’re pretty exciting.

Music Videos : Full length music videos of “Furious”, by Ja Rule featuring Vita and 01, “POV City Anthem” by Cadillac Tah and “Click Click Boom” by Saliva. Not really my cup of tea music wise, but they fit into the film real well.

Music Highlights : Musical Track highlights from scenes in the movie. Looks a bit like a nicely edited music video. Again, the music isn’t my thing as a stand-alone, but it ties in to the film like it should.

Naturally, the theatrical trailer is also included in the package.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably figured out that I’m gonna pitch this movie on you like a sack of bees on a pile of honey. You can’t go wrong with this. It’s exciting, it’s good looking, it comes in a kick-ass DVD package with plenty of actually cool features and you can watch Vin Diesel kick some guy’s ass. Buy it, keep it, and play it real loud every time your neighbor gets on your nerves. That’ll show the bastard!
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