It is an interesting endeavor reviewing the Fast and Furious 6 DVD and Blu-Ray. Watching what would be one of the final works in the career of one of its stars is a challenging effort. When Paul Walker died, legions of Fast and Furious fans -- as well as those who appreciated his other work -- were devastated. To watch him in a movie where he is racing cars at high rates of speed, which mirror how he died, requires one to remember how Walker adored his life, and one of the ways he began his journey to adulthood was through racing cars.
So, the release of Fast and Furious 6 on DVD and Blu-Ray is in fact a fantastic way to remember the fallen star. It is one of the series’ best films and a memorable way for the star to go out on top (and be sure to check out one of the last Paul Walker interviews for his next film, Hours, which is an astounding piece of work by the late actor).
After the success of Fast Five, pressure was on to top what some felt was a shot in the arm of the successful franchise. As seen in the Fast and Furious 6 trailer, the story for the latest installment took the gang to London where the promise of their freedom was hanging in the balance. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) needed the help of the racing crew (led by Vin Diesel, Walker and Tyrese Gibson) in bringing down a criminal mastermind (Luke Evans, soon to be seen in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). In return for his being brought to justice, our favorite street racers would get full pardons.
In the process, Diesel’s character would have the shock of his life… the return of Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty! You’ll have to see the movie to find out how that works, no spoilers here!
Our theatrical Fast and Furious 6 review absolutely loved the film and feels that it is indeed one of the best in the series and has produced an anticipation for Fast and Furious 7 that is only eclipsed by our eagerness for Avengers: Age of Ultron when it comes to upcoming movies. (For more on the status of that film, check out our story on how Walker’s death is impacting Fast and Furious 7.)
The franchise also added Gina Carano in a role that fits her perfectly as the right-hand woman of Agent Hobbs. Director Justin Lin has got his cast working on their highest of cylinders and managed to interweave new characters and old favorites effortlessly. Plus, those chase scenes through the streets of crowded London are ones for the ages (heck, they made our Top 10 Movie Car Chases list!).
When it comes to bonus features and extras on the Fast and Furious 6 DVD and Blu-Ray, they are aplenty. We have to start with the extended version of the film, which for fans and new-to-the-series viewers alike is a treat. For those of us who love the series, there is no such thing as too much. and the additional scenes pay off huge in the scope of the film.
Take Control is a terrific feature that has Diesel, Walker, Rodriguez and Lin popping in at certain moments through the film, offering their thoughts and feelings about the scene you’re watching, while providing behind-the-scenes footage at the same time. It’s a neat feature and one that should thrill fans to no end.
Lin upped the ante when it came to the chase scenes in the film, as we mentioned. The bonus feature heading Planes, Tanks and Automobiles features four separate documentaries and each is pure joy.
The London Chase puts audiences in the front seat of the cars racing through the English capitol’s streets and provides a never-before-seen atmosphere to the car chase genre that should even get some new fans added to the Fast and Furious world.
The Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack chronicles how Lin managed to create one of the most astounding action sequences ever captured as our gang of racing heroes do their best to try to get our bad guy… all while battling tanks, an armored cargo carrier and even a harpoon… all at extreme speeds!
The third bonus feature on the Planes, Tanks and Automobiles banner is The Antonov Takedown which explores the finale sequence that is simply jaw-dropping. Lin has increased the intensity of his action sequences throughout the film, and concludes his action epic with a stunner… the gang racing to take down the world’s largest plane as it races down the runway towards a getaway.
Dom and Letty Race Again explores the joyous reunion that is Diesel and Rodriguez coming back together in the franchise that made them stars.
You don’t have to be an automobile enthusiast to appreciate the Fast and Furious franchise. But, it has done its part in creating a legion of new gearheads, and the bonus feature Gearhead’s Delight will do nothing but add more to those who appreciate all things auto. It goes from the shop to the test track and then to the set to show how these cars were chosen, souped up and made ready to take their spotlight on the big screen.
Fast and Furious 6 is not all car racing action. The Hand-to-Hand Fury featurette takes a look at the fight choreography that went into several interweaving fight scenes that are a highlight of the film.
The deleted scenes are interesting, especially given how much was put in the film and how Lin had to choose what to leave out. Also as this film is firmly the work of Lin and his team, his commentary track is a must-listen at some point during your viewing of this home video release.
And we would be remiss not to mention the priceless featurette The Fastest of Them All, which chronicles the film series from the first film through this sixth film. It also leaves us primed and ready to hit the gas as the series contemplates how to go into the future.
Lastly, there is a bonus that is kind of “hidden” and should not be missed. Given the tragedy of Walker’s passing, it has an added sense of the solemn. There is the first scene of Fast and Furious 7, which feels like a true extension of this film given how the post-credit scene wraps up Fast and Furious 6.
Also, given that a portion of the Fast and Furious 6 DVD and Blu-Ray profits will go to Paul Walker's charity, Reach Out WorldWide, there could be no better way to remember a film legend gone too soon.