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Soon after Henry Ford put America on the road with the first affordable automobile the need for ever increasing speed became a passion for speed began. Movies started to address this fascination by including car chases to enhance the level of excitement. Movies such as ‘Bullitt’ and ‘The French Connection’ have etched out a special place in cinematic history for their pulse pounding cars careening peddle to the metal the street terrorizing pedestrians and enthralling audiences for years. Currently, audiences demand movies contain car chases that require stunts that defy the imagination and frequently break the natural laws of physics. Once a car racing under a New York City elevated train was the apex of excitement but now it requires cars driven out of a plane parachuting down to literally hit the ground at full speed. The franchise that undeniably leads the pack is ‘The Fast and the Furious’. So far there have been seven films in this exceedingly popular and lucrative series of movies with the eight installments tentatively planned for 2017. If you have been living in a remote bunker for the last fifteen years Universal Studios has released the ultimate collector’s edition of all seven films. To add a bit of incentive, as if the films aren’t sufficient for you, the seven movies and an eighth disc crammed with new extras is stylishly packaged in a special ‘Tire’ display case. Considering as of the seventh movie’s theatrical release this is the largest franchise ever for the studio.

The Fast and the Furious (2001)   

bulletDirector: Rob Cohen
bulletWriter: Gary Scott Thompson
bulletStars: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

This is the film started it all off. Loosely based upon magazine article investigating New York City street racing clubs with the action initially focused on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his support team; Jesse (Chad Lindberg), Leon (Johnny Strong), Vince (Matt Schulze) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez). The FBI becomes aware of the string of highly organized robberies concentrating on hijacking trucks carrying expensive electronic equipment. An undercover police officer, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), is assigned to infiltrate the street racing scene and determine who is responsible for the thefts. For this assignment O’Conner is placed under the supervision of a pair of FBI agents, FBI agent Bilkins (Thom Barry) and LAPD Sergeant Tanner (Ted Levine). An unexpected complication arises when O’Brien falls in love with Toretto’s younger sister, Mia Karen (Jordana Brewster). He confesses his true identity to her warning her that her brother is in grave danger now the truck drivers have been heavily arming themselves to prevent a hijacking.

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)   

bulletDirector: John Singleton
bulletWriter: Michael Brandt
bulletStars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Ludacris

At the end of the first film O’Conner permitted Toretto to escape, and act which lost in his position with the police. O’Connor becomes a fugitive for both the LAPD and the FBI. As he wanders across the country is able to earn a considerable amount of cash drag racing using his finely tuned 2001 Mitsubishi GTO. That car gets repossessed by the police leaving him on foot. Eventually he manages to purchase a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 leveraging it to resurrect his racing winning streak. Eventually he winds up in Miami. His many trips back and forth across the border placed him on the radar of Customs Agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes). Turning him over to the FBI O’Conner was given a deal. If he helps them take down a major drug Lord, Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), they will expunge his criminal record. In order to pull this off O’Conner assembles a new team, Tej Parker (Ludacris) and Suki (Devon Aoki). This movie veers into the realm of the long con game of a diversion from the all too frequently seen ‘use a wanted criminals to take down the drug cartel’.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)   

bulletDirector: Justin Lin
bulletWriter: Chris Morgan
bulletStars: Lucas Black, Damien Marzette, Zachery Ty Bryan

With the exception of the cameo at the end of the film this movie is regarded by some diehard fans is that truly part of the canon of the franchise. Stylistically it is closer to Asian action movies than traditional American gearhead flick. Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is a rebellious teen with a passion for street racing. After completely demolishing his car his mother decided to send him to Tokyo to live with his father, a naval officer. While in school he befriends another military brat, Twinkie (Bow Wow), introduces him to a local sensation, drift racing. The exceptionally delicate manipulation of accelerator and breaks it is possible to make the car drift sideways. Although forbidden to drive, Sean decides to join in both races taking on the local champions, Takashi (Brian Tee) aka D.K. (Drift King). Things become very complicated when he discovers that both of them have strong ties to the local mob, the Yakuza.

Fast & Furious (2009)   

bulletDirector: Justin Lin
bulletWriter: Chris Morgan
bulletStars: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

After one film hiatus the original cast is reunited. Set five years after the original film where Dominic, having assembled a new team, has been hijacking type is down in the Dominican Republic. It becomes too risky so Dominic decides to disband the crew and let things cool down a bit. When he finds out that one of his new crew died in a car accident, Dominic returns to Los Angeles and upon investigating the crash site discovers traces of an illegal accelerant, nitro-methane. Dominic crosses paths with Brian who is now been reinstated in working for the FBI. Brought them together was that Dominic determine who bought the fuel, a shady character named David, who when he catches up with them is about to be tossed out her window by Brian. They can both get pulled into another drug case very harrowing distributor, Fenix Calderon (Laz Alonso) wants them to smuggle drugs across the border.

Fast Five (2011)   

bulletDirector: Justin Lin
bulletWriter: Chris Morgan
bulletStars: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster

Dominic is finally captured and being transported to prison by bus but his sister Mia has a different idea in mind. But the help of Brian they attacked the bus causing it to crash forming Dominic an opportunity to escape. The three flee down to Rio de Janeiro to avoid the searching authorities. While waiting for Dominic to join them Mia and Brian join up with an old friend Vince (Matt Schulze) for quick job. The target is to steal three cars over transport train. As it turns out there also DEA agents after the same vehicles, but that turns out to be the least of their worries, one of the agents, Zizi (Michael Irby), is particularly interested in only one of the cars prompting me to want to steal it first.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)   

bulletDirector: Justin Lin
bulletWriter: Chris Morgan
bulletStars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez

By this point Dominic and his criminal associates have been pulling jobs around the globe. Dominic now lives with Elena (Elsa Pataky) while Mia and Brian have settled down and have started a family, a son, Jack. Several other members of the gang on our semi-retired residing in Hong Kong, but a happy ending at this point are not in the cards; there is still plenty of action left. Some agents of the Diplomatic Security Service are investigating the destruction of the Russian military convoy. Because of the methodology employed the approach Dominic to engage his rather specific skill set. In order to entice them further they showed Dominic a picture of a friend than cohort long believed to be dead, Lefty (Michelle Rodriguez). Dominic agrees on a provision that all criminal records be completely wiped clean. Not a single mission has ever gone as planned and this one is no exception. The complication for this film sets a criminal they are after is connected to,

Furious 7 (2015)   

bulletDirector: James Wan
bulletWriter: Chris Morgan
bulletStars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster

After defeating the enemy in the last film and finally awarded the amnesty Dominic, Brian and the rest of the crew returned to the United States in hopes of pursuing a normal life. Unfortunate for the characters but quite fortunate for the fans in normal life is not conducive with a big-budget action movie. Lefty had lost her memory in one of the many crashes but Dominic remains loyal to his friends and does everything he can to help recover. The brother of the criminal they put array spray is vengeance against the people who apprehended his family and left him, toasted a prison ward of a hospital. This result in bombs disguised as packages in the brother wreaking havoc against everyone the whole responsible. There was an obligatory deed to ramp up the action degree of difficulty for the stunts with every successive movie but this one is truly a spectacular to watch. It involves the previously alluded to driving cars out of an airplane to lend full throttle on the road.

bulletDeleted Scenes
bulletBehind-The-Scenes Featurettes
bulletFeature Commentaries

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