New Release: Fast Five DVD and Blu-ray

Fast FiveThe fifth movie in the fast cars and crime franchise, Fast Five debuted on DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo on Oct. 4, 2011, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

This film reunites Paul Walker (Takers), Vin Diesel (Pitch Black) and Jordana Brewster (TV’s Chuck) reprising their roles from the first and third movies, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and 2009’s Fast & Furious. Dwayne Johnson (Faster) joins the cast as an FBI agent who’s on the hunt for street racer Diesel and the former cop Walker, who’s now Diesel’s partner in crime. Tyrese Gibson, who joined the franchise in 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, also returns.

The movie grossed a whopping $209 million in theaters in the U.S., proving the franchise is still hot.

Fast Five introduced a new special feature for Universal’s Blu-ray, Second Screen, which is similar to Disney’s Second Screen that launched with the Blu-ray release of Bambi. Universal’s Second Screen runs through the Pocket Blu app and allows viewers to watch scene-specific special features on their smartphone, tablet or computer while the movie plays on the TV. The Second Screen offers these features:

  • “Take Control 2.0” in which director Justin Lin, who also helmed the third movie in the series, goes in-depth on the film’s creation
  • “Virtual Car Garage” with an up-close look at the film’s cars in 360 degrees plus tech specs
  • “Scene Explorer” with progressions of scenes from storyboard to daily cuts
  • “Picture in Picture” with the cast and crew sharing stories about the movie
  • “The Music of Fast Five

Fast Five Blu-ray boxHere are the other extras on the Blu-ray:

  • “Dom vs. Hobbs” featurette
  • “On Set With Director Justin Lin”
  • “Inside the Vault Chase,” about how the filmmakers’ shot the scene
  • “Tyrese TV” with Gibson
  • digital copy

Both the DVD and Blu-ray include these extras:

  • deleted scenes
  • gag reel
  • “Dom’s Journey,” where viewers can track Diesel’s Dom Toretto character from the beginning
  • “Brian O’Conner: From Fed to Con,” in which viewers can follow Walker’s character from policeman to outlaw
  • “Enter Federal Agent Hobbs”
  • and feature commentary with Lin.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD are in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The DVD is priced at $29.98, with the Blu-ray/DVD combo at $39.98 in either Blu-ray or DVD packaging.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.