2 Fast 2 Furious DVD Review
Framed at 2.35:1, this anamorphic transfer comes across as clean and vibrant. The print is almost pristine, with just the odd scratch here and there being noticeable. Colours in particular come through with striking cleanness - the car parade at the beginning of the movie is an excellent example of this, with a wide range of colours on display. Bold and solid is the best way to describe these, and contrasted with shadow reveals crisp lines and no bleed at all. Walker's red T-shirt towards the end of the movie, however, I found slightly overpowering, and surprisingly I noted in one scene a small amount of colour bloom.
Blacks are realised well with depth and detail, and no troublesome artefacts are present. The briefing room where Walker agrees to his mission is wreathed in shadow, but this comes across as very 3-dimensional, with both colour and detail coming through the darkness.
Whilst there is no digital artefacting noticeable, grain does appear on a couple of occasions, albeit briefly - around 32:00 in the car race and 23:18, grain is present in the sky. Disappointingly, edge enhancement can also be seen in a few scenes. It's never overpowering and those with small displays might not notice it at all, but haloing can be found if you look for it (stock car race track for example).
There are also several scenes which will test the quality of your DVD player/display/cables, as I experienced moiring on some of the finer lines on this print, and as I say this is likely due to hardware rather than the DVD itself.
Overall 2 Fast 2 Furious can be described as almost reference quality: the flaws are relatively minor, and don't spoil an otherwise pristine transfer.
If there is one area where 2 Fast 2 Furious should excel, it's in the sound department. And excel it certainly does. Presented in 448kbps Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound mix gets off to a strong start and doesn't stop until the closing credits.
All channels are used effectively, with seamless steering across the front and back - the moment where 2 Fast 2 Furious appears at the beginning of the movie is an excellent example of this. Whilst not so much an “in your face” moment, sounds are flying all around as the title appears onscreen.
The steering is also demonstrated well in the many car scenes throughout the movie, with pin-sharp imaging that's as fast as it is loud - witness the initial car race, as the cars fly past the camera in a blur. Great stuff.
Surrounds are - unsurprisingly - very active throughout, again with excellent imaging and fast panning from front to back: you really do feel like you're in the middle of it.
LFE is worth a note here also. Whilst never really plumbing the sub-bass depths, the bass is used to good effect to underpin the action. Bass from the car speakers - and the main movie soundtrack - is fulsome whilst never being excessive, and the engine growls (of which there are many!) are reinforced perfectly by the LFE, adding weight and a real sense of power.
2 Fast 2 Furious is no slouch in the dialogue department either. Despite the script not being up to scratch, vocals are clear and defined despite what might be going on around, again with good imaging and clean separation.
Overall this is close to reference quality: competent, solid and more satisfying than the movie itself.
At first glance, 2 Fast 2 Furious is packed with features. You can choose to view the individual menus for 3 drivers (including Suki and Brian), each of which has their own colour palette, as well as unique extras. It's worth noting however, that mostly the extras are duplicated across each different menu style.
First up we are given the choice of watching the “prelude” to 2 Fast 2 Furious before the movie starts. I believe this was bolted on to the “Tricked Out Edition of Fast And The Furious”, and is wholly missable (basically a linking piece between the first movie and the sequel).
Next up we have a directors commentary from John Singleton, which whilst containing some interesting information (the usual info on particular scenes, setting up the sequences etc) is a little heavy on the “narrating-whats-happening-onscreen” front. Because...well, we can see what's happening onscreen!
We also have a selection of outtakes which are vaguely amusing, as well as 6 deleted scenes which are largely unmemorable.
“Tricking out a hot import car” is a short piece presented (that's too generous a description) by a Playboy model showing briefly what they do to “trick out” a street-car to upgrade it. Interesting? Not really, it really doesn't show you anything, and the fast cutting and music becomes grating after around 30 seconds. Much better is the “Supercharged Stunts” featurette which takes you through the setting up of the final stunt in the movie (incidentally the worst stunt of the entire film), which at least has some substance to it, although again it's rather short.
Also included is a behind the scenes puff-piece, and a host of very short featurettes for each of the main characters and their cars (yawn), a “driving school” piece, and a video game preview which most people will skip (and rightly so).
All in all not a terrible collection of extras, but the sad truth is it's a case of more quantity over quality: most of them are as empty as the movie is of plot.
This will never be a movie to watch if you want mental stimulation, but if you're happy with a dumbed down 2 hours with lots of fast, shiny cars, a great DVD transfer and superb sound then you could do worse
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £26.99