Wednesday, October 6, 2021

F9: The Fast Saga - #F9 Blu-ray Review


Street Date: September 21, 2021

Theatrical Run Time: 02:22:50

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and language.
 

The Fast family returns in the latest adrenaline-charged installment with a never-before-seen Director’s Cut of F9.  The blockbuster film has generated more than $600 million worldwide and now fans can own the global box-office phenomenon that features “unbelievable, jaw-dropping action” (io9) on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring the original theatrical release, the Director’s Cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content – including a behind-the-scenes look at the gravity-defying stunts and nitro-charged cars, a gag reel and even more justice for Han – fans can now add F9 to their collection to watch again and again!

 
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot. Franchise veteran Justin Lin returns to the director’s seat for F9 and delivers this supercharged version of the hit film. From extended action to spectacular scenes that weren’t shown in theaters, F9: The Director’s Cut explodes with additional content that can only be experienced on home entertainment!
 
F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. The film is directed by Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series.  Based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson, the story is by Justin Lin & Alfredo Botello (consultant, Star Trek Beyond) and Daniel Casey (Kin). The screenplay is by Daniel Casey & Justin Lin. The film is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Justin Lin, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Joe Roth (Maleficent franchise), Clayton Townsend (Bridesmaids) and Samantha Vincent (xXx:Return of Xander Cage).


BONUS FEATURES on 4K UHD, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL:

GAG REEL
F9: ALL IN: The Fast family invites you to be part of the crew as they give you an intimate look at how F9 propels this epic franchise to even greater heights. This bonus feature, with more than 46 minutes of content, includes returning characters, new cast members, huge stunts, big surprises, and so much more.
PRACTICALLY FAST: When it comes to stunts, it seems each film in The Fast Saga outdoes the last. In this piece, we examine how Justin Lin and his team go to great lengths to shoot as many stunts as they can in-camera and practically, giving the film an authenticity that cannot be achieved solely through visual effects or CGI.

SHIFTING PRIORITIES: We first met many of these characters when The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001. In the 20+ years since, not only have the characters themselves grown and evolved, but so have the actors that portray them. Art often imitates life, and we look at how that's particularly true in F9.

JUSTICE FOR HAN: Han is back! Sung Kang and Justin Lin discuss the genesis for the return of this beloved character, while the cast reveals how much it means to them to have Kang back along for the ride.

A DAY ON SET WITH JUSTIN LIN: The job of a director on any movie production is huge. The job of a director on a production the scale of F9 is immeasurable. Spend a day with Justin Lin and see just how demanding it is to navigate a production day when you're the one with all the answers.

JOHN CENA: SUPERCAR SUPERFAN: John Cena is a real-life car expert, and no franchise does cars like Fast. Watch John jump from exotic car to exotic car like a kid in a candy store, giving you a true fan's look at some of the rarest and most expensive automobiles in the world.

FEATURE COMMENTARY (THEATRICAL AND DIRECTOR’S CUT) WITH PRODUCER/CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN


My Review:

It's been 20 years since The Fast and the Furious was first released and I've been a fan ever since.  I've since watched all of the franchise films, including the recently released F9: The Fast Saga.  

F9 is an action-packed story within a story.  If you've watched the previous films, you'll be excited to see several returning characters and get insight on them with backstories.  Viewers will learn what happened to Dom Toretto's father and what led Dom to go to prison.  You'll also be introduced to Dom's brother, Jakob, who is none to thrilled to have lived in his brother's shadow for so many years.  

With the introduction of Jakob, a family rivalry has both brothers going head-to-head.  Jakob wants to gain control of a device that can control technology and possibly destroy the world.  Dom makes it his mission not to let that happen.  Throughout that central plot, viewers will see several characters from the previous films re-emerge to aide Dom.  

As long as viewers take into consideration that a lot of the stunts aren't realistically plausible, I think they will enjoy the fast-pace and high-ride action of F9.  It wasn't my ultimate favorite film from the franchise, but it was entertaining and I liked how it all came together.

watching the film on my TV 
(nice pecs, Dom!)

Have you viewed any of The Fast and The Furious films?  Which one is your favorite?

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

3 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

I still remember watching the first one in theaters!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

Sparkles and Lattes said...

I don't think I have seen a Fast and Furious since the second one. My brother in law did enjoy this one though.

An Apel a Day said...

We've been watching too much TV. LOL! Especially now that the boys can watch more advanced shows, it's nice to have a selection.

This looks like a fun flick.