2 Fast 2 Furious – 4K UHD Review
2 Fast 2 Furious (alternatively known as The Fast and the Furious 2 or Fast & Furious 2) is a 2003 American action film that was directed by John Singleton, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. It is the second installment of The Fast and the Furious film franchise, and a standalone sequel to the first film. It features stars like Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Ludacris, and Cole Hauser. The film follows former cop Brian O’Conner, who teams up with Roman Pearce and U. S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes to bring down the known drug lord Carter Verone.
The film saw a majority of shooting being done on location in Miami, and was released on June 6, 2003, grossing over $236 million worldwide from an estimated $76 million budget. It is followed by The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift that came out in 2006, and Fast & Furious that came out in 2009.
The Film Itself (3/5):
With Vin Diesel out of the picture as he’s on his “no sequels” phase, 2 Fast 2 Furious is the next adventure in the saga that features the exploits of the former cop, Brian O’Conner. Moving from Las Angeles to Miami, the movie introduces Tyrese Gibson’s character as these two team up to try and bring down a serious criminal who’s only notorious for the evil that he’s committed throughout his life. Unfortunately, 2 Fast 2 Furious is absolutely the weakest film of the franchise as it only centers itself around the shiny fast cars and offers little substance, if any at all to the saga. If I were to pick a favorite part with his movie, it really would only have to go to either the comedic gestures of Tyrese Gibson, or the introduction of Ludacris’ character, Tej Parker.
Picture Quality (5/5):
2 Fast 2 Furious looked absolutely fucking phenomenal on my living room television as my wife and I watched along the other night. Everything from the scenic areas in which it takes place to the shiny, more sports aspect of the vehicles absolutely shined in this release. With it being a native 4K release, this movie’s utilization of HDR10 is where this release shines as it boasts an exciting color palette that lets the more obvious green screen parts to blend in more naturally with the real life elements. I can’t really pick a favorite visual with this release as everything simply went smooth and really makes for this release to be the centerpiece of anyones 4K collection.
Audio Quality (5/5):
Packaged with an all new DTS:X audio mix, 2 Fast 2 Furious not only gives its viewers an all out immersive experience that’s pleasing to the ears, but a powerful one at that. Powerful enough that it simply rips through home theater systems, as the engines are revving, the transition from channel to channel as the camera would pan were seamless and really made for one hell of an experience. The dialogue is spoken cleanly, and is clearly more prominent over any other aspect of the audio track, allowing for everyone to be heard and understood without the need to adjust the volume levels throughout.
The Packaging (3/5):
The 4K UHD release of 2 Fast 2 Furious comes packaged in your standard two-disc 4K UHD amaray case. Within that case is the new, freshly remastered 4K copy of the movie, as well as the standard Blu-ray copy. Neither of the discs really feature any artwork that’s related to the movie outside of the standard release text and a generic background. There is also a digital copy redemption pamphlet that’s been included for the various streaming options, as well as a slipcover that’s been made available during the original pressing that features the same artwork that’s been provided on the case.
Special Features (4.5/5):
The majority of the special features included with the 4K copy of 2 Fast 2 Furious come bundled on the included Blu-ray disc. The UHD does include the optional audio commentary with John Singleton; however, everything else is on the Blu-ray. I’m not completely sure how the supplements on this Blu-ray compare in relation to previously released Blu-ray copies of the movie; but, I can attest that the content that’s been included here offered a nice look at the storyline, and a heavy focus on the behind the scenes work that went into the movie; which, honestly, were a nice relief from this movie.
- 4K UHD
- Feature Audio Commentary With Director John Singleton
- Deleted Scenes And Outtakes
- Inside 2 Fast 2 Furious
- Fast Females
- Hollywood Impact
- Actor Driving School
- Supercharge Stunts
- Feature Audio Commentary With Director John Singleton
- And Much, Much More!
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (62.86 Mbps)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Portuguese: DTS 5.1
Japanese: DTS 5.1
English SDH, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
Original Film: 107 minutes
Overall, I’m really glad to see that Universal is working to release the remaining films of this franchise on the 4K format. With having the latter films of the series already on the format, I knew I had to pick up 2 Fast 2 Furious for completion sake at least. The movie itself isn’t the greatest by any means, and is the worst of the saga as a whole. But it’s a nice popcorn flick that anyone can sit down to and loosely watch without any kind of need to pay attention and not be upset about missing something. The visual and audio presentation of the 4K were absolutely phenomenal, and if you’re picking this up for your collection, it will certainly be a nice feature piece to show off your entertainment center. The special features within this release were a nice escape, and really offered a lot in terms of the work that went into making this movie. If you’re considering this release for your collection, I would definitely recommend it and can honestly say that it’s worthwhile upgrade over the Blu-ray counterparts. 2 Fast 2 Furious is available on 4K UHD today.