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Diesel, Universal Have High Hopes For ‘Fast & Furious’

17 Jul, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

Vin Diesel, Justin Lin and Craig Kornblau at the Fast & Furious event. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Watching a large crowd of screaming Vin Diesel fans circle a Fast & Furious event July 16, Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, speculated that his studio has one of the biggest DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles of the summer.

“It’s always exciting when you have a sequel that performed better than the others,” he said. “People are clamoring for a great action movie, and we have high expectations for the DVD and Blu-ray.”

Streeting July 28 on sinlge- and two-disc DVD and Blu-ray, Fast & Furious, which reeled in $155 million at the domestic box office, has been hailed as the best of the four movies in the franchise. The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray offerings come packed with bonuses

“I’m a big fan of high-def,” Diesel said. “I can’t wait to see the extras, because I haven’t seen them yet. They tell me to go shoot the film and that’s it! I’m the last to find out what’s on the DVD.”

Director Justin Lin praised the studio for its work on the home entertainment offerings.
“One thing I love about Universal is that right at the beginning they’re talking about what people will like on the DVD,” he said. “And the high-def version will blow your mind, it looks so good.”

Appearing on the more extensive offerings is the 18-minute Los Bandoleros, which fills in the back-story leading to the beginning of the film. Directed by Diesel and completed in three days, the slick-looking short earned praise from his co-stars and a few laughs regarding what may be the easiest prison break in cinematic history.

“We were in actual barrios in [the Dominican Republic], doing all sorts of guerilla shooting, and it’s great that it turned out so well,” said actor Sung Kang, who plays Han in both Fast & Furious and The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Actor Jesse Terrero said consumers shouldn’t pass on the Blu-ray version of Fast & Furious. “The sound and picture are bananas. At home, it feels like an IMAX theater,” he said. “People love this franchise for a reason, and they’re going to see some really special behind the scenes footage.”

Bonus features on the two-disc DVD and Blu-ray include Los Bandoleros, two “under the hood” featurettes, “Driving School with Vin Diesel,” a half-dozen other featurettes, trailers from all four films, a music video, a gag reel, a commentary, a digital copy and for the Blu-ray Disc, U-Control and BD Live exclusives.

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