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Fast And The Furious, The
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 57 (Feb 2002) 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
Includes an up-front ad, an 18-minute making-of special, a short editing featurette, audio commentary with director Rob Cohen, the Kenneth Li article that inspired the movie, deleted scenes, mutliple angle stunt sequence (and a related hidden goodie), special effects layering sequences, visual effects montage, storyboard comparisons, production notes, cast and filmmaker bios, DVD-ROM features, and three music videos: Ja Rule

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21270
(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): 01/02/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rob Cohen
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  WSR Narrative Review
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:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture looks incredible, with images that are sharp and detailed, and exhibiting excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, vibrant hues, and deep blacks. Only a bit of edge enhancement noticed on occasion and a few instances of detail loss, but nothing that is terribly distracting from the visual experience. (Suzanne Hodges)

Well, what more can I really say here? As the title should imply, you

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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