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Fast And The Furious, The
2001 / Tricked Out Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, Matt Schulze, Ja Rule & Ted Levine

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Universal Studios has released an all-new

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22949
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence, sexual content and language
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/03/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rob Cohen
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Story Synopsis:
The Fast And The Furious is loosely based on a Vibe magazine article about street clubs that race Japanese cars late at night. Vin Diesel is Domenic Toretto, the leader of a street gang that is suspected of stealing expensive electronic equipment. Brian Spillner (Walker) is an undercover rookie cop assigned to find the thieves. Posing as a racing team member, he manages to ingratiate himself with the team

DVD Picture:
When compared to the previously released, gorgeous DVD, this new

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack for this D-VHS release sounds a little smoother in the midrange, and is even a bit more refined in spatial definition, than the audio for the DVD. This audio presentation is absolutely an all-out rollercoaster ride that should excite and thrill those who have a hearty appetite for movie sound that is both loud and very active throughout the soundfield. Sound effects, of course, play a key role in the generation of the liberally spacious listening space, but the well-recorded music also has been very aggressively incorporated into the soundfield. Associated with the music, as might be expected is a prominent low-end presence, with substantial utilization of the LFE channel, as well as sub-50 Hz activity in the surrounds. Of course, this applies to effects as well, and at times the energy with deep bass can be enough to pose a challenge to your system. The surrounds are fully engaged throughout, with many instances of stereo separation, and with a back surround decoder you should be able to realize some benefits, namely a perceived expansion of the soundstage behind you. The sound design should be considered a remarkable achievement, in and of itself. The sounds of the nitrous oxide-powered cars are authentic and were actually captured by placing microphones on the exterior and inside of the cars. It should certainly be noted that this soundtrack makes full use of its loudness capability, so caution should be observed when listening at or near reference level. Last but not least, dialogue is impressive, with voices sounding convincingly natural and nicely integrated with the visuals. This 5.1 audio presentation is a remarkable sonic achievement, technically and creatively, and clearly not for the faint of heart as far as loud, aggressive movie sound is concerned. (Perry Sun)

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DVD-ROM Review:
From the DVD-ROM main menu, you are shown pictures of four of the cars from the film. Clicking on any of these cars will bring you to four of the subsections of this title. The sections available are The Movie, The Music, The Culture, The Downloads, and Play Street Racer. Clicking the 1969 Dodge Charger will show you The Movie section, where you can read about the story, view cast and crew biographies, read about the making of the film, and read about the car consultant that helped with the film. Each section is fairly difficult to read since the text viewing section is very small, with a fairly large font. Each cast biography also includes a picture of the actor or actress. The 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse will take you to The Music section. Here you can get a listing of all the songs from the movie