The film is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio and in 1080p high definition and is flawless with a high amount of detail on view, looking best during the car chases on my Panasonic 50″ Plasma TV.
The sound is in DTS HD 5.1 and you get a loud roar from the vehicle engines all over the place, while dialogue and ambience has no issues either. The score is perfunctory and noticeably takes a backseat to the rasp of the racing cars.
The extras are as follows and all in HD:
- Capturing Speed: Making an authentic car movie (9:45): “We wreck as much stuff as possible, and then we look at it again and see how we can wreck it again.”
That’s the mantra delivered to us by the director at the start of this piece. Somehow, Steven Spielberg was involved in this. Really? *That* Spielberg??
This is a fairly regular ‘making of’ with clips from the film interspersed by chat from the cast and crew.
- Need for Speed Rivals Trailer (1:26): The videogame, which is where the film’s life began. I haven’t played one of these games in years. They all tended to be much of a muchness.
- Ties That Bind (12:04): The Gilberts are a family of stuntmen, stunt directors and so on, and they’re all involved in this film. Expect a large dose of syrup here.
- The Circus Is In Town (10:50): Another piece about how everyone in the crew gets on like a car on fire… I mean, house. Aww… shucks.
- Monarch and Maverick Outtakes (1:45): Some of their ad libs. Nothing to write home about.
- Deleted Scenes (5:02): Four of them here, one of which is an extended scene. They’re all introduced by the director, but I wouldn’t add any of them back in.
- Audio commentary: with director Scott Waugh and actor Aaron Paul. This extra is the only one to appear on both the 2D and 3D discs.
The menu features clips from the film playing to a small piece of the incidental music. There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired and Entertainment One have given us more chapters than most, but at 21 over 131 minutes, it could still use some more.
And what needs stamping out is that Entertainment One have stuck trailers for other films BEFORE the main menu, as if we’re still in the days of rental video. This is what the extras menu is for. As such, I shall not be listing them here, but they are quickly skipped.
Running time: 131 minutes
Studio: Entertainment One
Released: July 21st 2014
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen: 2.35:1 (ARRIRAW (2.8K) & Canon Cinema RAW (4K))
Disc Format: 2*BD50
Director: Scott Waugh
Producers: John Gatins, Patrick O’Brien and Mark Sourian
Screenplay: George Gatins (based on a story by George Gatins and John Gatins)
Music: Nathan Furst
Tobey Marshall: Aaron Paul
Dino Brewster: Dominic Cooper
Julia Maddon: Imogen Poots
Benny: Scott Mescudi
Finn: Rami Malek
Joe Peck: Ramon Rodriguez
Pete: Harrison Gilbertson
Anita: Dakota Johnson
Bill Ingram: Stevie Ray Dallimore
Monarch: Michael Keaton
‘DJ’ Joseph: Logan Holladay
Jeny ‘B’: Carmela Zumbado
Jimmy MacIntosh: Jalil Jay Lynch
Officer Lejeune: Nick Chinlund
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