"Fast X" is a energy intense spectacle. Ever since their saga started on the street of L.A.'s underground racing scene, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family have overcome impossible odds to outsmart, out-nerve and outdrive every foe. Yet when the tiam took down a nefarious kingpin back in Brazil, they had no idea his son Dante (Jason Momoa) was watching from the shadows. More lethal than any other enemy they've faced, Dante now rises as a terrifying new nemesis who's fueled by revenge and determined to shatter their family and destroy everything and everyone tha Dom loves. From London and Brazil to Antarctica and Rome, new alliance are forged and old enemies resurface. But everything changes after Dom discovers his eight-year-old son is Dante's ultimate target. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Director Louis Leterrier; eight featurettes: "This Is Family" (HD 35:15), "Fast Breaks: Scene Breakdowns With Louis Leterrier" (HD 07:46), "Xtreme Rides Of Fast X" (HD 12:54), "Belles Of The Brawl" (HD 07:14), "Tuned Into Rio" (HD 05:06), "Jason Momoa: Conquering Rome" (HD 03:02), "Little B Takes The Wheel" (HD 03:05) and "A Friend In The End" (HD 01:29); gag reel (HD 04:56); Music Videos: "Toretto" by J Balvin (HD 03:16) and "Angel Pt. 1" by Kodak Black and Nle Choppa (HD 03:05 and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.
The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arri Alexa LF, Arri Alexa Mini LF and Red Komodo camera systems (at source capture resolutions of up to 4.5K) and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. Picture quality is superb. The color palette is vivid with rich and warm hues that explode on the screen. Colors exhibit nuanced hues across a wide spectrum and are excitingly saturated such as the numerous fireball explosions. The production design is incredible as is the lighting design. The set designs are full of incredible structures, objects , and environments. The settings are often beautiful and spectacular. Flesh tones are warmly natural throughout. HDR contrast is excellent. Black levels are naturally deep. Shadows are revealing. White levels are often intense and realistic throughout. Resolution is superb as is sharpness and clarity in every frame. Facial features, especially during closeups are revealing. Skin pores, facial lines, beards and hair are finely resolved. Clothing is nicely textured. Objects appear realistic and textured throughout. The vehicles appear perfectly realistic. This is one of those features that is truly reference quality throughout. The picture's imagery is amazing and visually exciting. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is extremely dynamic sounding. Atmospherics are realistic. Sound effects are extensive and both bold and nuanced. Sound effects are varied with intensity and dynamics. Weapons and vehicles scream with roaring sounds. Gunfire is intense as well as crashes and explosions. Foley sound effects sound perfectly realistic and are extremely complex, especially during person-to-person fights. The orchestral/vocal score is dynamic sounding with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the four surrounds. Surround envelopment is aggressive and virtually always active. Each setting, whether in Los Angeles, London, Rio, Rome or Portugal deliver unique sonic flavors, which heighten the realism. Deep bass extends to sub-25 Hz and provides powerful support for the sonics. Dialogue is heavily ADR produced and intelligible. Overall, the dialogue is well balanced against all the intense action.
The Immersive Sound element is a disappoint as there just is not much of it. Here and there a sound effect will extend to the height layer but there are long gaps of silence. Unfortunately, the filmmakers completely ignored the height layer. This is more accurately a 7.1-channel mix.
This is an exceptional holosonic® soundtrack with intense dynamics, sound effects and mayhem that is the perfect demo material for the most high performance home theatre sound system. (Gary Reber)