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The Fate of the Furious

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

  • Score: 80

    from 5 reviewers

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  • Fate of the Furious excels in 4K HDR, satisfying fans with intense action and upgraded audiovisuals.

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  • Video: 88

  • Fast & Furious 8's UK Ultra HD Blu-ray excels in visual details and color depth with Dolby Vision, despite a 2K DI limiting full 4K potential, offering a refined yet subtly distinct upgrade over Blu-ray.

  • Audio: 91

  • The Fate of the Furious' UHD DTS:X audio engulfs with fierce engines and immersive effects, maintaining clear dialogue amidst explosive action.

  • Extra: 76

  • The Fate of the Furious' release is marred by a digital-only extended cut, alongside a rich array of extras exploring Cuba’s culture, character insights, and thrilling stunts on physical copies.

  • Movie: 79

  • Fast & Furious 8 delivers a nuclear sub chase and defies logic for an action-packed ride where family and over-the-top stunts reign supreme.

    Video: 88

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "The Fate of the Furious" certainly delivers a visually stunning experience, albeit with some caveats inherent to its source and mastering process. Initially captured using a mixture of cameras offering resolutions from 3.4K to 6K, the film was mastered from a 2K Digital Intermediate, which introduces a ceiling on the potential for true 4K detail. Nevertheless, the upscaled 2160p transfer, presented in a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio, showcases a discernible improvement over its Blu-ray counterpart. Fine details, such as skin textures, clothing weaves, and the intricate designs of the shiny cars, are more pronounced, offering a refined clarity that is particularly evident in direct comparison with the 1080p version. Despite this, the uplift in resolution does not always manifest conspicuously across all scenes, with the upgrade being more subtle than revolutionary.

    Color reproduction benefits significantly from High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby Vision, with a wider color gamut that enriches the visual palette beyond what is achievable on standard Blu-ray. The HDR implementation enhances depth and vibrancy in colors, allowing for deeper tones and more nuanced shadow details. Dolby Vision, in particular, offers an edge with improved specular highlights and more defined contrasts, rendering scenes with sunlight reflections off cars and explosive sequences with a superior sense of realism and depth. However, it's worth noting that while colors appear richer and more authentic, there's a shift towards a more reserved and subtly nuanced color scheme compared to the more vivid and punchy presentation on Blu-ray. This change may not appeal to all, as it trades off some of the Blu-ray's vibrancy for fidelity and realism.

    Despite these enhancements, some viewers might find the differences between HDR10 and Dolby Vision minimal, given the inherent limitations of the source material. Although there's an undoubtedly gorgeous presentation on offer—highlighting every detail from sweat droplets on actors to the pristine landscapes of various locales—the darker complexion tones and the slight red push in some Dolby Vision scenes indicate a meticulous balance in color grading that might not always hit the mark for purists. Nevertheless, the overall visual presentation benefits from shadow detailing and black level performance that contribute to an image quality that feels more cinematic and three-dimensional, elevating "The Fate of the Furious" beyond its standard definition origins.

    Audio: 91

    The Fate of the Furious" on 4K UHD Blu-ray showcases an astounding DTS:X Master Audio soundtrack that propels its high-octane sequences into auditory masterpieces. Utilizing an impressive array of soundscapes from its foundational DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 core, the audio experience immerses audiences deeper into the tire-squealing, engine-roaring, and explosion-filled world of Dom and his crew. Dialogue clarity remains uncompromised across the dynamic range, from Vin Diesel's gruff murmurs to Charlize Theron's whispered threats, ensuring that every line delivers its intended impact amidst the cacophony of car chases and chaotic action sequences. The score and familiar Fast & Furious musical themes complement the narrative, engaging listeners without overwhelming the crucial sound effects that bring each scene to life.

    The real spectacle, however, lies in the meticulous crafting of the audio's spatial dynamics. Using a 7.2.4-channel DTS:X setup review as reference, the sound design excels in enveloping the listener, leveraging the LFE channel to lend earth-shattering force to The Rock's punches and rendering engine revs with such gravitas they resonate as if emanating from beneath one's seat. Surround and overhead channels are employed to astonishing effect, with vehicles not just moving but existing in a tangible sphere around the viewer. This is particularly evident in sequences where cars rain down from above or during the high-stakes nuclear submarine chase; these moments not only demonstrate the soundtrack's aggressive stance but also its nuanced ability to layer sounds for a truly immersive experience.

    Despite this relentless assault on the senses, the soundtrack maintains a balance that ensures dialogue and subtler sound cues do not get lost. The mix adeptly transitions between full-throttle action and quieter moments, creating a consistent atmospheric presence even in the absence of visual stimuli. Explosions, gunfire, and metal against concrete are rendered with exacting precision, simultaneously thrilling and terrifying in their clarity. In essence, this DTS:X track is a testament to what immersive audio can achieve, setting a benchmark for home entertainment and solidifying "The Fate of the Furious" as an auditory spectacle that rivals its visual feats.

    Extra: 76

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "The Fate of the Furious" delivers a substantial set of extras that delve deeply into the making of this thrilling installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Despite the absence of the extended director's cut on the physical disc, which has frustrated fans accustomed to such bonuses, the included Blu-ray compensates with a robust collection of featurettes and extended scenes. Director F. Gary Gray's audio commentary stands out, offering insights into the film’s production challenges and his vision. The featurettes explore diverse aspects including character development, the groundbreaking shooting in Cuba, and the film's elaborate car culture and stunt work. Particularly noteworthy are "The Cuban Spirit," providing a historical perspective on filming in Cuba, and the comprehensive coverage of the film's standout vehicles and stunts across multiple featurettes. This collection is somewhat marred by its segregated extended cut, yet it still manages to enrich fans’ understanding and appreciation of the film.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • The Cuban Spirit: Insight into being the first major studio motion picture to shoot in Cuba for decades.
    • In the Family: A four-part feature that delves into the movie's complex character dynamics.
    • Car Culture: A trio of segments exploring the iconic vehicles of "The Fate of the Furious."
    • All About the Stunts: Behind-the-scenes look at the film’s epic stunts.
    • Extended Fight Scenes: Extended versions of two key fight scenes.
    • Feature Commentary with Director F. Gary Gray: In-depth discussion about the making of the movie.
    • Digital HD Copy: Includes an exclusive extended cut of the film.

    Movie: 79

    The Fate of the Furious" (also known as Fast & Furious 8, Fast 8, or simply F8) continues the high-octane saga of Dominic Toretto and his crew, delivering a blend of over-the-top action and a deeply woven narrative of family and loyalty. Directed by F. Gary Gray and penned by Chris Morgan, this installment transcends the boundaries of logic to offer a spectacle that is both ludicrous and enthralling. From the sunny shores of Cuba to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the film embarks on a global journey, showcasing set pieces that defy the laws of physics but remain irresistibly entertaining.

    Amidst its outrageous car chases and a storyline involving nuclear threats and a cyberterrorist played convincingly by Charlize Theron, the film anchors its essence on the theme of family. Whether it's through Dom's unexpectedly rogue turn or the crew's unwavering determination to bring him back, the narrative unfolds with a sense of urgency and betrayal that tests the bonds of this makeshift family. The inclusion of Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and a plethora of other stars adds depth to the ensemble, with their characters undergoing significant development and contributing to the film's dynamic interplay between action and emotional stakes.

    The film doesn't shy away from paying homage to its roots, with sequences reminiscent of street racing in Havana reminding viewers of the franchise's beginnings, while simultaneously pushing the envelope with its audacious set pieces - including a memorable zombie car scenario in New York City and a nuclear submarine chase. Despite its sheer implausibility, "The Fate of the Furious" succeeds in keeping audiences invested through well-timed humor, character chemistry, particularly between Johnson and Statham, and an unyielding focus on the franchise's core values. This entry might not redefine the series but it undeniably stamps its mark as a testament to its enduring appeal - marrying melodrama with mechanics in a spectacle that's as engaging as it is explosive.

    Total: 80

    The Fate of the Furious" roars onto 4K UHD Blu-ray with a presentation that sets the high-octane standard for action-packed, visual and auditory home entertainment experiences. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has turbocharged this release with a strikingly detailed Dolby Vision-enhanced 4K video presentation that brings every explosion, high-speed chase, and heart-pounding moment to life with incredible clarity and depth. Accompanying the visual spectacle is an immersive DTS:X audio track, offering crisp, clear, and dynamic sound that places viewers right in the middle of the action. The release also boasts a generous collection of extras, though it's slightly marred by the absence of the 13-minute longer extended 'Director's Cut' on the physical disc, which is available only through digital download.

    While the film itself may not break new ground in the franchise's well-trod narrative territory, its execution in terms of sheer entertainment value remains unparalleled. Sporting more melodramatic silliness and vehicular carnage than ever before, director F. Gary Gray ensures that "The Fate of the Furious" is anything but stale, injecting enough humor and heart-pumping sequences to keep even the most seasoned fans engaged. The Ultra HD package enhances these elements with its technically superior video and audio quality, though some may find the HDR color scheme slightly less impressive than expected, particularly when compared to the Blu-ray's rendition which offers a more visually showy presentation.

    In conclusion, "The Fate of the Furious" on 4K UHD Blu-ray is a testament to the enduring appeal and escalating spectacle of the franchise. Despite minor quibbles regarding HDR execution and digital-only extras, this release stands as a must-own for aficionados of high-stakes cinematic action. It cements its place as a crown jewel in any 4K collection with its exceptional video and audio performance, solidifying Universal's commitment to delivering fans the ultimate viewing experience. Whether you're a long-time follower or a newcomer drawn by the siren call of adrenaline-fueled escapades, this installment's blend of gripping storyline, awe-inspiring visuals, and heart-racing soundscapes makes it an unequivocal thrill ride from start to finish.