July 31, 2009 in Features

‘Fast & Furious’ proves fun, frantic

Washington Post
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Paul Walker, left, and Vin Diesel in “Fast & Furious.” Universal Pictures
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Coming up

Among upcoming DVD releases (schedule subject to change):

Tuesday: “Delgo,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Obsessed,” “Shadowheart,” “The Soloist”

Aug. 11: “Alien Trespass, “The Class,” “I Love You, Man,” “Katyn,” “London to Brighton,” “Paris 36,” “17 Again”

Aug. 18: “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” “Kissing Cousins,” “The Last House on the Left”

Aug. 25: “American Son,” “Duplicity,” “Fighting,” “Rudo y Cursi,” “Sunshine Cleaning”

‘Fast & Furious’

“Fast & Furious” refires the high-speed adrenaline and the fuel-injected bromance between Vin Diesel and Paul Walker that began in 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious.”

The reunion is fun and frantic, like the original on double nitro. Gone is the young-boy innocence of the first, yet the guy-centric principles remain the same.

The things of beauty in the “F&F” universe? Nitro-jacked speedsters that do horizontally what the Cape Canaveral program does vertically. The six-pack-abbed guys standing next to those cars.

And bullet-shaped Corona beers, so men can raise them to victory or – as one character so grandiloquently puts it – “to the ladies we’ve loved and the ladies we’ve lost.”

And as long as the filmmakers keep giving us vicarious access to the good, fast, sleek things in life, we don’t see this ride running out of fuel for a long time.

DVD extras include special “Under the Hood” featurettes about the cars in the movie and an original short film by Vin Diesel. (1:47; PG-13 for dangerous car chases and fatalities, beer drinking, fist violence and one F-word)

Also available: “An American Affair,” “Bart Got a Room,” “Miss March,” “Streets of Blood,” “Dollhouse: Season One,” “Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series (Blu-ray),” “Repulsion (Blu-ray),” “Life on Mars: Series 1,” “Torchwood: Children of Earth.”

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