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2 Fast 2 Furious

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    76
    from 3 reviewers
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  • 2 Fast 2 Furious excels in 4K with near-perfect audio-visuals; series misses Diesel until his return.

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  • Video
    85
  • '2 Fast 2 Furious' shines on UK Ultra HD Blu-ray, surpassing its predecessor with vivid colors and crisper details, despite occasional softness and digital tweaks.

  • Audio
    85
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious dazzles with a DTS:X soundtrack full of immersive, bass-enhanced audio, crystal-clear dialogue, and detailed car sounds, though it mirrors its 5.1 predecessor in depth and immersion.

  • Extra
    75
  • The 4K Ultra HD release of '2 Fast 2 Furious' includes director John Singleton's Audio Commentary, with a trove of extras like featurettes, a prequel, and deleted scenes on the Blu-ray disc, reflecting the film's high-octane essence and technical richness.

  • Movie
    68
  • Despite being a weaker sequel without Vin Diesel, '2 Fast 2 Furious' charms with action and introduces pivotal characters, revitalized in UHD.

    Video: 85

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "2 Fast 2 Furious" marks a significant improvement over its 1080p predecessor, delivering a native 3840 x 2160p resolution that showcases the vibrant Miami setting and the film's dynamic car races with an unprecedented level of clarity and color depth. Utilizing a widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio, the transfer benefits from 10-bit video depth, Wide Color Gamut (WCG), High Dynamic Range (HDR), and is encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec. This rendition respects the film's original theatrical presentation while enhancing visual detail and textural nuances across the board—from the sleek exterior of the cars to the subtle blemishes on characters' faces—allowing for a far more immersive and visually striking viewing experience.

    Despite the stellar upgrade, the presentation isn't without its flaws. Some scenes exhibit softer details and a hint of digital manipulation to regulate natural grain, leading to moments that occasionally diverge from the otherwise consistent filmic quality. These lesser moments, along with a few shots that appear inexplicably unclean, stand out more due to the exceptional quality seen in the rest of the movie. However, these issues do little to detract from the overall impact of the UHD transfer. The HDR enhancement significantly boosts contrast, making whites crisper and sunlight more radiant, while delivering deeper and more vivid colors, especially noticeable in the dazzling array of vehicles that pop off the screen in both daylight and nighttime scenes.

    Moreover, black levels are impressively deep, providing a solid foundation that allows colors to shine and adding significant depth to nighttime settings without sacrificing detail. The skin tones have been rendered with precision, picking up nuances far beyond what was possible in the Blu-ray release. While some may find the color scheme less aggressively styled compared to its precursor's 4K rendition, the naturalistic approach benefits the film's aesthetic, offering a more believable replication of its sun-soaked, tropical backdrop. Overall, despite a few minor setbacks, "2 Fast 2 Furious" on 4K UHD Blu-ray represents a considerable leap forward in home cinema experience for fans of the franchise, with its enriched textures, enhanced clarity, and vibrant color palette ensuring a thrilling visual experience.

    Audio: 85

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray of "2 Fast 2 Furious" provides an aural landscape that is as compelling and robust as its high-octane visual presentation, particularly through its DTS:X Master Audio soundtrack. Said to burst forth with bass-enhanced tracks, this sound realm captures every nuanced thunderous car crash and the deep growl of racing engines, lending weight and depth to the high-speed chases that define this sequel. With the exceptional clarity of each dialogue segment and the meticulous reproduction of every action-packed sound effect—from the over-the-top screech of tires to the more intricate sounds like the info beeps from onboard computers—the audio track crafts a captivatingly immersive listening experience.

    Composer David Arnold’s electro-infused score, while facing criticism for feeling somewhat dated, nonetheless plays a critical role, situating itself seamlessly within the broader soundscape enhanced by songs from notable artists, including Ludacris. This melodic blend, alongside the actual racing sequences, utilizes the DTS:X format to engender a consummately enveloping experience. Listeners find themselves smack in the middle of the action, with sounds whizzing past in a manner that accentuates the sheer velocity and impact of each scene. This is further bolstered by the exemplary handling of lower frequency effects, providing heft without overwhelming the intricate details that make the soundstage fully engaging.

    However, it’s noted that while this track elevates the audio experience with its wider soundstage and more pronounced details, it doesn’t significantly surpass its Blu-ray 5.1 DTS-HD MA counterpart in terms of innovation or immersive quality. Despite occasional ambitious attempts at atmospheric effects, these efforts feel somewhat forced rather than seamlessly integrated. Yet, this does little to detract from the overall auditory feast, as the mix excels at detailed mid-range clarity even amidst the most tumultuous moments, bolstered further by a balanced low-end that supports without dominating. Dialogue remains crisp and forefront, ensuring that every line is delivered with precision amidst the complex layers of sound, maintaining a harmonious blend that complements the cinematic action effectively.

    Extra: 75

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "2 Fast 2 Furious" offers a solid array of extras, although the sole feature on the 4K disc is the insightful Audio Commentary by director John Singleton. For enthusiasts seeking a deeper dive into the making and legacy of the film, an accompanying Blu-ray disc is packed with additional content. This includes various featurettes that cover everything from the film's production to its influential car culture, along with a unique prequel short film that bridges the gap to the previous installment, a selection of deleted scenes, and more. It's notable that these supplements are consistent with those found in previous releases, providing fans with a comprehensive look at the behind-the-scenes efforts. A digital copy code is also included, enhancing the package's value. This release ensures that while the 4K disc focuses on delivering a high-quality viewing experience, the comprehensive suite of extras on the Blu-ray disc caters to the franchise's dedicated fanbase seeking additional insights and entertainment.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Feature Commentary with Director John Singleton: Informative audio commentary.
    • Fast Females: Exploration of female characters in the franchise.
    • Hollywood Impact: Examination of the movie's cultural impact.
    • Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious: A short film connecting this movie with its predecessor.
    • Deleted Scenes: Scenes not included in the final cut.
    • Outtakes: Collection of bloopers and funny moments.
    • Inside 2 Fast 2 Furious: Behind-the-scenes look at the movie's production.
    • Actor Driving School: Tyrese, Paul, and Devon: Training sessions with the main actors.
    • Tricking Out a Hot Import Car: Focus on custom car modifications.
    • Supercharged Stunts: Breakdown of stunts in the film.
    • Making Music with Ludacris: Ludacris discussing the film's music aspect.
    • Actor Spotlights: Tyrese, Paul, and Devon: Features on the lead actors.
    • Car Spotlights: Highlighting prominent cars like The Spyder, The Evo VII, and The S2000.
    • Furious Afterburners: Additional content related to the movie's themes.
    • Turbo-Charged Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious: Prequel short film in HD.
    • Trailer: The movie's official trailer in HD.

    Movie: 68

    2 Fast 2 Furious," the sequel that solidified the franchise despite the absence of its star, Vin Diesel, finds its way into the 4K UHD Blu-ray arena with a presentation that demands attention. Directed by John Singleton, known for his work on "Boyz n the Hood," this installment may not have Diesel’s magnetism, but it compensates with vibrant energy and a storyline that, while not groundbreaking, offers enough thrills to keep viewers engaged. The film pivots around Paul Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, now a fugitive from justice, diving headfirst into the neon-lit street racing underworld of Miami to bring down a drug lord. Despite Singleton's less than comfortable handling of action sequences and a sometimes-questionable stylistic approach, the practical effects and real stunt work inject a genuine adrenaline rush that complements the film’s over-the-top set pieces.

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release enhances this experience with a 2160p/HDR video presentation meticulously restoring the vivid colors and intricate details of Singleton's vision for Miami's street racing culture. The DTS:X Master Audio soundtracks immerse the viewer in the roaring engines and heart-pounding races, ensuring that every scene vibrates with intensity. Notably, this release does not include new supplementary materials but retains all legacy content from the previous Blu-ray, serving as a comprehensive collection for fans and newcomers alike.

    In an era where digital enhancements often overshadow practical effects, "2 Fast 2 Furious" stands out for its commitment to real stunts and physicality, benefits now magnified by the 4K UHD update. While the movie itself might not rank as the strongest entry in the series, its importance in introducing key characters like Tej Parker (Ludacris) and Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), who become central to the saga's evolution, cannot be overstated. This sequel not only expands the franchise's universe but also sets the stage for future installments, making it a fitting tribute to the spirit of street racing culture that Singleton aimed to celebrate.

    Total: 76

    2 Fast 2 Furious," despite being considered a weaker entry in the franchise, especially noted for the absence of Vin Diesel, manages to mark its territory in the series with a commendable Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray presentation. Starring Paul Walker, the film walks through a somewhat repetitive plot but does its part in setting the stage for the franchise's future expansions. The release catches attention with its pristine video quality and a robust DTS:X audio experience. However, it sticks to including previously available extras, bundled on an accompanying Blu-ray, without adding any new special features.

    The 4K UHD upgrade elevates "2 Fast 2 Furious" significantly, presenting it in an almost faultless HDR10 visual presentation that complements the thrilling street races and stunts with vibrant colors and crisp details. The DTS:X soundtrack enhances this revitalization, creating an immersive audio environment that admirably supports both the roaring engines and the dynamic soundtrack. The decision to retain the set of legacy supplements might disappoint some enthusiasts looking for new material but still offers a comprehensive look back at the making and legacy of this sequel.

    In conclusion, while "2 Fast 2 Furious" may not hit the high mark set by other entries in the franchise, notably missing the charismatic Vin Diesel, it excels in its 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation. The technical excellence of its video and audio upgrades makes it a recommended addition to any fan's collection, ensuring that this chapter, though not the strongest narrative-wise, is given the visual and auditory treatment it deserves to bring out its best aspects. Enjoying this sequel in 4K is a visual treat that breathes new life into the high-speed chases and action-packed sequences, rightfully earning its spot in the series' UHD offerings.