DVD REVIEW: 'Fast and Furious' DVD speeds into high gear

Universal Studios markets “”The Fast and the Furious”” as a high-speed thriller, and indeed the DVD delivers what it promises — along with plenty of bad acting and a wandering plot.

The film features Paul Walker as Brian Spindler, an undercover dectective exploring the world of street racing to solve a string of mysterious thefts. However, as he is pulled deeper into the street racing underworld by racer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his alluring sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), Spindler finds it harder to keep his priorities straight. The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez as Toretto’s girlfriend and features a cameo appearance by Ja Rule.

While the plot seems to get lost in the film’s focus on action, the incredible cars and stunts in the film are amazing enough for the film to get away with it.

The movie does a good job of exposing the culture of illegal racing, yet does not get in-depth enough after providing a tantalizing glimpse, leaving the viewer wanting more.

Diesel gives one of the few commendable performances, while Ja Rule shows that his talent is in the musical sphere, not the dramatic one.

The bonus material on the DVD includes an amazing selection of eight different views of the final car chase scene, including several shots from inside the cars. The viewer is also taken behind the scenes and exposed to some of the tricks director Rob Cohen used for several of the stunts in the movie.

Fans can also watch the movie with Cohen’s commentary, although his monotone voice and paltry attempts at humor make this feature a bit tedious.

The extra material also includes the making of the video and “”Racer X,”” the article from which the concept of the movie came.

Other than the eight camera angles of the final scene, the extras on the DVD are not particularly appealing; there are music videos from Ja Rule, Caddillac Taj and Saliva, as well as a few deleted scenes. But the stunts and high-tech cars in the movie itself are the most interesting aspects.

In the end, both car enthusiasts and action fans will be fully satisfied with the incredible customized vehicles and fabulous stunt driving, but those looking for a plot with depth had best look elsewhere. The DVD hardly contains bonus material compelling enough to win over viewers who were not satisfied with the movie in the first place.

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