Fast & Furious 6
There’s obviously a cloud hanging over the "Fast & Furious" series at the moment, due to the tragic death of co-star Paul Walker in an as-yet-mostly-unexplained car accident. If you care about the series, there are two equally legitimate ways to react: Keep your distance from the suddenly-disconcerting car chases that make up the series, or watch them as a manner of appreciating the taken-too-young actor. If you fall into the latter camp, Universal’s Blu-ray release of "Furious 6" will do more than sate your interest.
Though the film -- full of cross-cutting, large-scope action sequences that fail to match the splendor offered by the intentionally ramshackle set pieces of "Fast Five"-- isn’t the best in the series, the Blu-ray release treats the film as if it were. The extras are near-endless: There’s a 20 minute string of interviews with Walker, Vin Diesel, and other members of the cast, alongside one 30-minute documentary of the making of the movie and another half-hour documentary detailing the "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" of the film. There’s a 15-minute featurette about the cars on display, alongside a 10-minute piece about the hand-to-hand combat in the film, and a couple of admittedly disposable deleted scenes.
Perhaps the most interesting feature is the audio commentary with Justin Lin, which details the many iterations and edits of the film that led to the final product, from the script to the arguments over the film’s title. (The disc also includes an "extended edition" of the film, but only a few seconds are added.) The beauty of the "Fast & Furious" franchise is how it respects its fans: No matter how melodramatic, no matter how silly, no matter how light-hearted, the mythology and the characters are always treated with sincerity, they’re not our role-models so much as they are our friends, brought together once every couple years to perform for us. Listening to the passion in Lin’s voice, it’s clear the filmmakers cared sincerely about this chronology as much as the fans -- it makes the gaping hole left by Walker’s death all the more tragic.
"Fast & Furious 6"
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