Set in Rio de Janeiro, Fast Five chronicles former cop Brian O'Conner (Walker) and his girlfriend Mia Toretto (Brewster), who bust Mia's brother Dom (Diesel) out of prison, blasting across South America to elude the authorities. Finding themselves backed into a corner in Brazil, they assemble an elite team of top racers to help pull off the one last job that could mean freedom for them all. But hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) is hot on their trail, and so is a corrupt and powerful businessman who wants them dead. When Hobbs and his strike force launch an all-out assault to capture the Torettos and their team, he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Instead, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey...before someone else runs them down first. (Gary Reber)
Both the theatrical version (02:10:28) and the extended unrated version (02:11:35) are available. Special features include commentary with Director Justin Lin; two deleted scenes (HD 01:40); a gag reel (HD 04:17); 10 featurettes: The Big Train Heist (HD 07:37), Reuniting The Team (HD 04:59), A New Set Of Wheels (HD 10:09), Dom's Journey (HD 04:55), Brian O'Conner: From Fed To Con (HD 05:55), Enter Federal Agent Hobbs (HD 05:50), Dom Vs. Hobbs (HD 07:31), On Set With Director Justin Lin (HD 08:36), Inside The Vault Chase (HD 09:20), and Tyrese TV?; up-front previews; U-Control; D-BOX® Motion Code™; and a digital copy.
The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific! Gritty and sweaty-looking fleshtones exhibit sun-drenched hues. The color palette is perfectly natural, with well-balanced saturation. Hues are warm and rich, with an earthy presence. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and piercing whites, while shadow delineation is nicely revealing of nuanced detail. Resolution is also excellent, with fine details exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object textures. The look is rough but realistic, providing a convincing feel of Latin American cultural environments. Stephen Windon's cinematography is dynamic and visually engaging, enhanced with heavy action. This is an extremely exciting and engaging visual experience that delivers a filmic wallop! (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers a full-throttle sonic experience that won't disappoint! Atmospherics and sound effects are dynamic sounding, with an aggressive soundfield enveloping presence. Directional effects, such as gunfire, explosions, and flying debris really enhance the sense of dimension during the high-impact action scenes. Deep bass extension is powerful, especially during high-impact explosions, with a heavy boost in the .1 LFE channel to sub-25 Hz frequencies. Screeching car antics are nicely reproduced with sonic realism. The surrounds are fully energized during action scenes, with whizzing rocket fire, explosions, and screaming cars. All the time, dialogue manages to stay intelligible and often effectively integrated spatially. The expansive music score is dynamic and varied, with excellent sonic quality. The music sweeps across the soundstage and aggressively penetrates the surrounds. At times the soundfield is nicely holosonic®, with an immersive presence. The D-BOX Motion Code delivers a powerful and exciting punch, with a multitude of motion effects that really puts one into the action. The ending vault heist scene is a tour de force! The soundtrack is powerfully dynamic, dimensional, and effectively complementary to the storytelling and the exciting visuals. The sonics won't disappoint! (Gary Reber)