Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing eighth entry in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS on Tuesday, July 11. Fresh Fiction has some Blu-ray copies to give away. Information on how to get yours is below, along with a short review of the Blu-ray and information on the release.
The rules are simple: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and full mailing address (Note: U.S. addresses only and no PO boxes). Title your email subject: “Fresh Fiction FATE Giveaway.” The giveaway is active now until next Monday, July 10 at noon, central time.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY™:
- Comes with a digital code that unlocks the extended director’s cut (this is perhaps the most exciting thing about this release)
- Feature Commentary with Director F. Gary Gray
- All About the Stunts – Go behind the scenes to witness how THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS accomplished the most epic stunts in franchise history.
- Extended Fight Scenes
- The Cuban Spirit – As the first major studio motion picture to shoot in Cuba in decades, the country’s effusive spirit permeates the making of the film.
- In the Family – In THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, family ties are put to the ultimate test. Get an inside look at the family divide.
- Car Culture – It’s time to put yourself in the driver’s seat of the supercharged vehicles showcased in THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS.
With THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the outlaws are doing more special-ops missions. However, this time, our bald-headed action hero, Dom (Diesel), is blackmailed into being the latest recruit for cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron sporting Angelina Jolie’s wig from Gone in Sixty Seconds). He betrays his lead-footed family and leads them on a wild goose chase around the globe, from Berlin to New York City to the ice-covered Russia.
The true brains of Fast & Furious series, however, mostly lie on the streets. It’s shocking how much thought the filmmakers put into the action sequences. Whether the characters are cruising the streets of the Big Apple with hundreds of self-driven cars in tow (they aptly call them “zombie cars”) or are riding on thin ice while a submarine plows through their course, this film has an energy that’s only comparable to a feral feline hyped up on catnip. There’s so much fun to be had that no matter how many times Dom cheats death by ducking and rolling out of high-speed cars, the smirk of delight the film paints on your face forgives all.
If you can ignore the mad case of eye-rolls it gives you, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is an adrenaline-fueled popcorn movie that doesn’t disappoint. Director F. Gary Gray (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON) drives the franchise well, and for all I care, he can take it for a spin anytime. (I should also mention that the Blu-ray comes with a digital copy that features the extended director’s cut as well.)
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS releases on Blu-ray on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.