Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. This became a strong presentation.
Sharpness worked fine, with virtually no softness on display. This meant the film was accurate and well-defined. I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and the film lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
If you suspected Shaw would come with the modern standard teal and orange palette, you’ll get what you expected. I’d like to see action flicks dispense with those conceits, but given their restraints, they looked appropriate here.
The movie opted for other stylized hues – like heavy greens, purples or reds – at times as well. The 4K UHD’s HDR added a bit of zing to the proceedings.
Blacks came across nicely. Dark tones were deep and rich, without any muddiness or problems. In addition, low-light shots gave us smooth, clear visuals, and the HDR brought extra oomph and power to whites and contrast. All in all, this became a pleasing presentation.
I also felt happy with the solid Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Shaw. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the mix offered plenty of opportunities for lively auditory information, and it took good advantage of these.
From the opening assault scene to road chases to gunfire to explosions to other action elements, the mix filled the speakers on a frequent basis. The track placed information in logical spots and blended all the channels in a smooth, compelling manner.
Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end.
Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both offered identical Atmos soundtracks, so no changes occurred in the auditory domain.
Because the film was finished as a 2K project, improvements related to the 4K UHD format itself. That said, don’t underestimate this presentation, as the 4K UHD boasted clear growth in terms of colors, definition, blacks and colors. The 4K UHD felt more stable and became the more satisfying presentation.
A slew of extras appear here, and we launch with an audio commentary from director David Leitch. He offers a running, screen-specific discussion of how he came to the project, music, cast and performances, stunts and action, sets and locations, visual design, various effects, editing/deleted scenes, story and characters, and connected domains.
Overall, Leitch provides a pretty good commentary. He touches on the expected array of topics and does so with enthusiasm. Semi-inevitably, we get some happy talk, but Leitch compensates with enough useful content to make the track worthwhile.
In addition to an Alternate Opening (10:14), we find 22 Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes (34:29). With the “Opening”, we get nothing not found in the final flick.
Instead, the “Opening” introduces Hobbs and Shaw earlier, and it edits their adventures into the Brixton/Hattie fight. I prefer the more natural flow of the released movie’s choices.
As for that plethora of other additional footage, we get some extra comedy, some extra action and a little character material. Nothing momentous arrives, but some fun elements pop up along the way.
A slew of featurettes follow, and these begin with Johnson & Statham. This three-minute, 38-second clip includes comments from Leitch, co-writer Chris Morgan, producer Hiram Garcia, and actors Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Kirby.
As expected, this one focuses on the lead actors. It tends toward praise for the pair.
Leitch comes to the fore in Progress of a Fight Scene, a four-minute, 57-second reel. He breaks down some of the movie’s action beats in this decent overview.
Up next we get Practical Action, a three-minute, 43-second program with Johnson, Leitch, Kirby, actor Idris Elba, 2nd unit director Greg Rementer, and 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara.
As implied, this show covers stunts an fight choreography. Though brief, it comes with some good details.
The Bad Guy goes for two minutes and features Johnson, Elba, Morgan, Garcia, Kirby and actor Eddie Marsan. Anticipate a brief, fluffy look at Elba and his character.
In the same vein, The Sister fills three minutes, 58 seconds with comments from Kirby, Leitch, Johnson, Elba, Rementer, O’Hara, and actor Helen Mirren. This discussion of Kirby and her role offer more substance than “Bad Guy” but it still largely remains packed with praise.
After this comes Hobbs’ Family Tree, a three-minute, 20-second segment with Johnson, Leitch, Morgan, and actors Eliana Su’a, Cliff Curtis, Joe Anoai, John Tui, Joshua Mauga, and Lori Pelenise Tuisano.
Again, we find a featurette that puffs up supporting roles/actors. Yawn.
Lather, rinse with The Matriarch, a one-minute, 35-second clip that features Leitch, Mirren, Kirby, Morgan, Garcia, and actor Jason Statham. This brief snippet focuses on Mirren’s role and tells us little of substance.
New Friends goes for two minutes, one second and includes Johnson as he discusses the movie’s two notable cameos. No useful notes emerge, but some improv material adds value.
With Elevator Action, we discover a one-minute, 59-second segment that features Johnson, Garcia, O’Hara, and Leitch. This one purports to tell us about one action scene, but it offers little more than hype.
Next we find the three-minute, 41-second Stunt Show and Tell. Leitch gives us basics about the creation of various stunt/action elements. Though brief, if comes with a few useful insights.
Via Keeping It In the Family, we locate a five-minute, two-second reel with Johnson and Anoai as they discuss their friendship. Nothing memorable results.
Blind Fury spans one minute, 50 seconds and features Johnson as he tells a story about his pro wrestler grandfather. It’s short but fun.
After this we find Love At First Bite, a one-minute, 36-second featurette with Johnson. He chats about his bulldog Hobbs in this fluffy reel.
A second disc provides a Blu-ray copy of Shaw. It includes the same extras as the 4K UHD.
The Blu-ray disc opens with ads for Fast & Furious: Spy Racers and Universal Parks. No trailer for Shaw appears here.
An extension of the Fast & Furious universe, Hobbs & Shaw proves surprisingly entertaining. Largely due to a good cast and the chemistry between the leads, this turns into an engaging piece of absurd action. The 4K UHD boasts excellent picture and audio as well as a long roster of supplements. Honestly, I like this one better than any of the Fast & Furious flicks.
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