Furious 7 Blu-ray Disc Released September 15th, 2015

Posted in Action, BD Live, Blu-ray, Commentary, Crime, Thriller, Universal on September 17th, 2015 by Dave

Furious 7 Blu-ray

It’s a fast and furious month with the September 15th arrival of the Universal Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray release for Furious 7.

The story follows Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner, and their team, who are back home in the USA when rogue special forces assassin Deckard Shaw seeks to avenge his younger brother.

Furious 7 is the first installment in the franchise to take place after Tokyo Drift and marks the final film appearance for Paul Walker.

Furious 7 the Movie

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After defeating Owen Shaw and securing amnesty for their past crimes in the previous movie, Dom, Brian, and the team have returned to the USA to resume a normal life.

Brian is working on life as a father, while Dom works with Letty to help her regain her memories.

However Shaw’s older brother Deckard has other ideas, and swears vengeance against the people who hurt his brother.

Shaw breaks into Luke Hobbs’ DSS office looking for information on Dom’s crew.

After revealing his identity to Hobbs, he escapes by detonating a bomb that severely injures Hobbs.

Shaw’s revenge is swift when he kills Han in Tokyo and detonates a bomb that destroys the Toretto house.

Dom visits Hobbs in hospital, where he learns that Shaw is a former special forces assassin and is seeking to avenge his brother.

When Shaw shows up at Han’s funeral, Dom chases him and they prepare to fight, but the arrival of a covert ops team forces Shaw to slip away.

The team is led by Frank Petty, who says that he will assist Dom in stopping Shaw if he helps him obtain the God’s Eye and save its creator, a hacker named Ramsey, from a mercenary named Jakande.

The God’s Eye is a computer program hacks into digital devices to track down anyone with a digital footprint.

Dom agrees to help and the quest starts with Dom, Brian, Letty, Roman Pearce, and Tej Parker having to airdrop their cars over the Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan, to ambush Jakande’s convoy.

Can Dom and his team save the hacker, acquire the God’s Eye and evade Shaw against seemingly impossible odds?

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Furious 7 continues the spirit of the Fast and Furious franchise while yet again upping the ante on the action and stunts to deliver something new.

Certainly the film delivers action in mass quantities, though to my mind the story-line is weak and contrived.

Nonetheless the movie delivers what fans of the franchise are looking for in mass quantities.

The action is hot and heavy and the stunts are over the top, with many having at least some aspects shot practically, with some computer enhancement.

Interesting camera techniques take the audience into the action as technology allows more mobility for the cameras.

The film treads very carefully with the loss of Paul Walker, which caused delays for script rewrites.

Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody were among those who played as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes.

While the movie features a respectful tribute to Walker, it doesn’t overtly acknowledge the loss of the actor, keeping his memory alive in the series.

A new sequel is scheduled to be released in cinemas on April 14, 2017.

For me the movie was a fun watch, but it is not one that I could take at all seriously.

As previously noted, the film delivers action involving a range of cars that will definitely appeal to fans of the franchise.

The cast includes returning Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, and Jordana Brewster, with new characters played by Kurt Russell and Jason Statham.

Furious 7 was directed by James Wan, the man better known for horror movies like Saw, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, The Conjuring, and Dead Silence.

The movie received pretty strong critical reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 81% and an IMDb score of 7.6/10.

Furious 7 was also a big winner in the cinema, taking in $351M at the US box office and over $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

Furious 7 on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 22.5 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

As you might expect with a modern high budget film, the image quality is excellent throughout.

Contrasts are strong and productions values are high, resulting in a fine looking Blu-ray release.

Find full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc at the details page for Furious 7.

The main audio is lossless 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 48.8 GB used and is coded for All Regions.

Furious 7 Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

This new Blu-ray release for Furious 7 comes with an extensive collection of supplemental features.

There is a collection of four deleted scenes that run a total of six minutes.

These scenes mostly feature sequences that offer background to some of the characters.

Ultimately they would have had an adverse effect on the pacing for the film.

Talking Fast is a half hour long behind the scenes where director James Wan and the cast talk about some key moments in the film.

Wan has a huge screen that helps him present the scenes, including his intro to Jason Statham’s character.

Admittedly this is a pretty cool sequence, and it is a nice one to see behind the scenes.

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Other sequences from the film are discussed by key cast members, as Wan essentially goes through the film sequence by sequence.

Visual effects were key to the movie, with many scenes being largely created in the computer.

Blowing up the house and the action scenes in the mountains both made extensive use of visual effects and chroma key to insert the actors into the bigger picture.

They also got to blow up a lot more in the action finale, and Wan also covers the special tricks used to shoot the fist fight scene.

There is also a special mention of the final scene, which is essentially a farewell to Paul Walker.

The introduction of the new director is the key focus of Back to the Starting Line.

Producers Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, along with the cast and director talk about how far the franchise has come.

The cast and characters have developed significantly over the last fourteen years, and the movies have got bigger and bigger.

They also discuss the introduction of Jason Statham’s character and I have to admit for me he was a highlight in the movie.

Adding Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou and Tony Jaa to the cast was another excellent decision.

The cast all weigh in on the introduction of James Wan as director and the blow dealt to everyone involved when Paul Walker was lost.

Flying Cars shows how the team pulled off sequence with the cars dropping out of the plane.

The cars were literally thrown out the back of the plane, along with sky divers and helicopters to catch the action.

The Red Bull jump team was key in getting the shots of the falling cars.

Meanwhile the actors were shot in the safety of the gimbal rig in front of a blue screen.

They also reveal how the cars are then dropped onto the road for the chase.

The shooting of one of the biggest sequences, the rescue of the hacker on the mountain road, is covered in Snatch and Grab.

This was a fun sequence to shoot, with many challenges made more difficult by the altitude.

The mountain descent is obviously another tricky sequence with some seriously dangerous stunts.

It was nice to see some practical stunts and vehicular destruction and not so much computer work.

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Tower Jumps features one of the most exciting stunt sequences of the film, with the Abu Dhabi tower jumps.

Needless to say these sequences were the combination of a lot of techniques and set pieces to mimic the real locations and intended action.

Four of the fight scenes are covered in the Inside the Fight segment.

We see fight training footage and interviews for the hand to hand combat in the film.

Of course Statham is fun to watch and Ronda Rousey is takes the ‘cat fight’ to a new level.

The Cars of Furious takes a closer look at the film’s spectacular cars.

From the custom street cars to the off road cars to the supercars, this supplement covers it all.

The re-introduction of the fictional racing event from the first movie is discussed in Race Wars.

Vin Diesel and a couple hundred fans and extras help bring the scene to life.

The official music video for the ‘memorial’ title song See You Again features Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

Lastly there is a making of supplement for Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new theme park ride is the center of the discussion about how the movie experience has been translated into the ride.

This release also includes a DVD Copy for legacy players and an UltraViolet Digital Copy code that can also be used for iTunes.

Furious 7 Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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Furious 7 is an action packed adventure film that fans if the franchise will love.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has put together and excellent Blu-ray release with a whole swag of supplemental features.

The retail price is $34.98, though you can get it at Amazon for $16.99, saving 51%!

Furious 7 Blu-ray Extras:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Talking Fast – Director James Wan and the cast of Furious 7 break down the movie’s most memorable moments and chat about how the Fast franchise has evolved over the years.
  • Back to the Starting Line – Producer Neal Moritz, Chris Morgan and the cast join franchise newcomer director James Wan as they look back at how far the Franchise has come bring the latest installment to life.
  • Flying Cars – People jump out of planes all the time, but not while sitting behind the wheel of a car. This entertaining featurette shows how the Furious 7 team pulled off this jaw-dropping sequence.
  • Snatch and Grab – A behind the scenes look at shooting one of the premier action sequences in the franchise’s history.
  • Tower Jumps – A look at how one of the most exciting stunt sequences of the film, the Abu Dhabi tower jumps, became a reality.
  • Inside the Fight – A combination of fight training footage and interviews takes viewers inside the fierce hand-to-hand fights.
  • The Cars of Furious – The car coordinator and his team join the cast and filmmakers for a closer look at the film’s spectacular cars.
  • Race Wars – Furious 7 brings the crew back to Race Wars, the iconic, fictional racing event from the very first film. Vin Diesel and a couple hundred friends are back for a full-throttle celebration of all things Fast with special guest-star Iggy Azalea, behind-the-scenes footage of the cars, the sweat and the girls.
  • See You Again – Official Music Video Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
  • Making of Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride

Furious 7 Blu-ray Synopsis:

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast across the globe in their most gravity-defying and emotional adventure yet. Targeted by a cold-blooded black ops assassin with a score to settle (Jason Statham), their only hope is to get behind the wheel again and secure an ingenious prototype tracking device. Facing their greatest threat yet in places as far away as Abu Dhabi and as familiar as the Los Angeles streets they call home, the crew must come together once again as a team, and as a family, to protect their own.

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