Furious 7 is the 7th chapter in the franchise built on speed and confusing names. The follow-up to the smash hit, highest grossing installment Fast & Furious 6 (see: continuity be DAMNED!) also happens to be star Paul Walker’s final on-screen performance, as he tragically died--in an automobile accident--in 2013. Life imitates art, huh? The movie that had you worrying exactly how they were going to get rid of Paul, which ultimately left you shedding the manliest of manly tears dropped on Blu-ray a few weeks back and it was, as expected, jam-packed with bonus material and a top notch Blu-ray transfer.
Furious 7 speeds (that’s a pun!) on to Blu-Ray with a wonderfully powerful transfer. I honestly couldn’t see a spec of unwanted noise or a single blemish. You can see every vein bursting out of Dwayne Johnson's massive arms; every grain of dust from the tire burn outs and even the explosions pop almost off the screen. The image sharpness is ridiculously vibrant with no blurs or smudges to be seen, allowing the movie's flashy cars to shine, along with the dynamic, global locations Torretto and his crew visit. If there’s anything bad to be said about the picture, it’s that it’s SO GOOD you can easily spot the “fake Paul Walker” (whose brothers stood in to complete his scenes after his passing.) Otherwise, the CGI is pretty top notch, and comes across well here.
Furious 7's DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack is DOPE. I unfortunately don’t have a surround sound set up, but even on native TV speakers, this puppy is LOUD. Engines ROAR, bullets WHIZ, and the soundtrack never stops kicking. It’s a loud movie to begin with, but crank up the volume on this one, and you’ll feel like you’re part of the over the top action for sure.
Furious 7 is a hefty bevy of bonus material, packed with a bunch of in-depth making of featurettes (Talking Fast, Back to the Starting Line, Flying Cars, Snatch and Grab, Tower Jumps, Inside the Fight, The Cars of Furious, Race Wars, Making of Fast& Furious Supercharged Ride) covering nearly every aspect of the production, the music video for that Wiz Khalifa song “See You Again”(you know the one, and you’re singing it right now!!! You’ll NEVER get it out of your head!!),and a handful of deleted scenes (one of which is a flashback containing a cameo from future Wonder Woman and series vet Gal Gadot, who is giving billing in the opening credits, despite only appearing in a photograph.) Settle in for a few hours, as these features will definitely eat up a good chunk of time, but for bonus material junkies (like me) it’s definitely worth it!
Furious 7 is, like its predecessors, not a movie for everyone. The franchise has come a long way since 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, which was essentially a rip off of Point Break. The races have somewhat taken a back seat to the “family” dynamic and action set pieces, which may gain it some fans, but lose others. Oh well, can’t please them all. Furious 7 as a film features a perfect ending, one that COULD have ended the entire series, but let’s be real, it’s not going away any time soon. So, should you buy this Blu-ray? Yeah, why not? It sounds great and looks even better, it’s got an awesome selection of bonus content to keep you busy; and it’s a solid action flick. Plus… there are probably 30 sequels on the way, so you might as well get them all while you can!