New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Fast & Furious 6' Roars Home, As Does the Best Martial Arts Movie of the Year

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Fast & Furious 6' Roars Home, As Does the Best Martial Arts Movie of the Year

Dec 09, 2013

Fast & Furious 6 - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin DieselPaul WalkerDwayne JohnsonJordana BrewsterMichelle RodriguezFull cast + crew

We've said it before, so we'll just quote it: "Nobody saw Fast & Furious 6 coming. Nobody. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar and their pants are a volcano of fire. Even at their most optimistic, not even the earliest Vin Diesel fan club presidents nor the bean counters at Universal could have accurately predicted that 2001's little movie about a cop infiltrating a gang of street racers would have not only turned into a six-film franchise (with a seventh on the way), but that its sixth film would become one of the most ludicrous (and inevitably lucrative) tentpole movies in a summer that has a new Star Trek, a new Iron Man and a new Superman movie."

Obviously the franchise has been dealt a terrible blow with the tragic death of star Paul Walker, but that certainly doesn't change the fact that Fast & Furious 6 not only held its own as a blockbuster, but that it provided more entertainment than many, many movies did this past summer. And considering what its competition was, that really is saying something.

Special Features: Don't let the extended edition lure you in with a promise of a ton of extra action. This extended edition is only one minute longer than the theatrical version, and we couldn't tell you what the difference between the two is. Beyond that, though, there is a commentary track from director Justin Lin; "Take Control," 19 minutes of interviews with the cast; then there are nearly 90 more minutes of making-of materials that do a great job of focusing on the cars, the characters and the ridiculous stunt work.

This disc also comes with a preview scene from Fast & Furious 7, though considering recent events, it may not stay in the movie, which would render this a preview of what could have been.

 

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The first Despicable Me was a surprisingly charming film about an oddball bad guy finding some goodness in himself. He also happened to have some little, yellow sidekicks that showed up from time to time for extra silly comic relief. Well, those little yellow guys are a major part of this one, making it so Despicable Me 2 actually feels less like a sequel to the first film and more like a prequel to the Minions spin-off movie that's currently in the works. It's an acceptable piece of animated distraction for kids, but it is missing a bit of the heart that made the first film more adult friendly.

If you're looking for "kids' movies" that do skew a bit older, you can always turn to Mary Poppins and Big, both hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week. The former gets a pretty new HD mastering as a tie-in to Saving Mr. Banks, a film about the relationship between Walt Disney and Poppins writer P.L. Travers, and is every bit as wonderful and magical today. The very same can be said of Big, which is presumably getting released this week because it features Saving Mr. Banks star Tom Hanks. Whatever the case, it's a great excuse to celebrate one of the films that planted Tom Hanks into America's hearts and minds. Plus, this Blu-ray has a special cover that plays "Chopsticks" when you open it.


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For decidedly more adult fare, you can turn to any of the following releases. My personal favorite of the bunch is Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, which is a supremely badass martial arts movies. But if you'd like your drama a bit less punchy, you can turn to The Hunt, Adore or Some Girls. And if you'd like it a bit strange and violent, go for Berberian Sound Studio (which is very, very strange) or Sightseers. And if you want just violence, go for The Seasoning House, but be warned the level of gore in that movie may be difficult to take, even for hardened horror fans. It's a grim, unpleasant movie, but if that's what does it for you, have at it.

 

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