Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw Blu-ray review

Nov 04, 2019- Permalink

When gardeners have a successful plant, they often take a cutting from it to see if they can get another successful plant. The same can be said about movie franchises. In the case of the nitro-fueled Fast and Furious franchise, they’ve put Hobbs and Shaw into their own potting soil to see if they can work apart from the main team. Will it flower? You can find out at home as Universal Home Entertainment has now released Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw. We were given the opportunity to review the Blu-ray combo pack. A 4k version is also available.

The 1080p AVC encoded transfer is presented in the theatrical release’s 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The video presentation is a great example of the Blu-ray format. Its images are sharp and crystal clear. Details abound from dripping sweat, hair and skin textures to the natural and man-made environmental surfaces. The colour palette is vibrant, with excellent contrast and deep black levels. There’s nothing in terms of digital noise and compression artifacts to take away from this excellent video presentation.

Your ears are given the choice of English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Descriptive Video 2.0 tracks as well as French and Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 tracks. Subtitles are available in English SDH, French and Spanish. The non-stop action will give your system quite the workout. The surrounds will put you in the middle of the action, while those with an Atmos system will also get a healthy dose of height sound as well, with the soundtrack giving a great sense of movement through the soundscape. Explosions, vehicles and gun blasts are also given great low end frequency support. Dialogue is clear and centred.

Besides a DVD copy and a Movies Anywhere digital code, the combo pack comes with a good selection of extras. There’s an alternate opening, over thirty minutes of extended, alternate, or deleted scenes, audio commentary from director David Leitch, and a series of featurettes exploring characters, cast, and production elements.

Amazing video, excellent audio, abundant extras. The only thing missing when you bring Fast And Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw home will be the popcorn.