Fast & Furious

When tragedy brings fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) back to Los Angeles, his long-dormant feud with FBI agent Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) threatens to reignite—until they discover a common enemy. Unfortunately, this film is about six years too late—Vin Diesel should have been in the first sequel rather than skipping to the third—but it's quite the demo showpiece. The video encode has excellent shadow detail with bright colors, and the first-rate DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track exhibits outstanding surround imaging and impressive frequency response.

High-speed heist.

  • Chapter 1, 0:03:24
  • Detail, surround imaging
  • Look at the detail in the tire rim, the clearly legible writing on the tire, and the grooves of its heavy tread.
  • Listen as the truck spins out and the squealing tires move around the room.

Burn some rubber!

  • Chapter 8, 0:37:44
  • Shadow detail, frequency response, surround imaging
  • This low-lit scene exhibits phenomenal shadow detail from the crowd behind the racers to the individual drivers sitting in their respective cars.
  • Brace yourself as the four vehicles race through the streets of Los Angeles with their tires squealing, horns honking, and of course, a crash or two for good measure.

Ships ahoy.

  • Chapter 16, 1:20:36
  • Detail, shadow detail
  • This nighttime view of the harbor shows phenomenal depth and dimension. Look at the light bouncing off the calm water, the clear lettering on the container ship, and the hustle and bustle on the loading dock.

Release Date: July 28, 2009
Studio: Universal

Movie: 6/10
Picture: 9/10
Sound: 9/10