Need For Speed Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 5/10
I like something about most movies. It’s not intentional, I just like movies. Sometimes I have a harder time finding the vibe I need to appreciate the good stuff and ignore the rest. Need for Speed challenges my system. I was not looking forward to it, which is not fair, but it’s the truth. I get sooooo bored with car movies. Chases and revving of motors, the testosterone, the world of tough guys and risk takers…all kind of blah. When I know I need to open my mind to a movie I just look for what I do like, no matter how deep it’s buried under the parts that make me feel like taking a nap instead of enjoying a cinematic experience.

The problems with Need for Speed are pretty much what I don’t look forward to with car movies. Too much driving, too  much machismo, too much melodrama. What I did like, and there were a few things, saved the movie from certain mind numbing disinterest.

The story isn’t the thing that saves it, sorry to say, it’s not original or even twisted in any way to make it more interesting. A guy has money problems and wants to save his family business, and there is a past love interest who has been lost to the villain…shocking.

There are a lot of holes in the time that elapses, the things that are accomplished, the reasoning behind things like a weird speeding car through a busy city just to make a woman nervous, so lame.

What I did like was how it looks. It’s polished and has some interesting tricks to present some of my least favorite types of shots, car chases….did you guess I’m not a fan of car chases? Even though that’s the case I can’t help but be impressed with the closeness the camera achieves and how visceral it all is. That’s modern movie making for ya. Fast cars and trick cameras to get us in the action, I can’t knock that.

The cast is OK, but also kind of boring. The young woman, Imogen Poots, is the best part of the whole thing for me. She has some standard moments, of course. She has to be coy and tough and kind of a smart ass, which is all very in line with the formula of the movie. Every now and then she pulls out some much more interesting aspects of what could have been a very uninteresting character.

Wrapping up this rave review, the movie isn’t that memorable, or enjoyable at the time. It’s entertaining for sure with the quick-moving story and standard rah rah for the hero for his quest for revenge and to do what’s right. We can’t have too many of those…well, maybe we can if they are associated with more car chases.

Features: 7/10

  • Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie – While this movie might not be Authentic to most people, what Waugh is referring to is his insistence for not using CGI in the movie. This makes the movie that much better in my personal opinion. This 10 minute short walks you through the making of the movie.
  • Ties That Bind – Waugh discusses how Need For Speed is a true family affair. Fun fact his father was the original spider man in the 70’s version.
  • The Circus Is In Town – A series of still photographs narrated by Waugh, I thought this was going to be boring but it turns out it’s one of the most interesting features on the disc.
  • Audio Commentary With Director Scott Waugh & Actor Aaron Paul – A fascinating commentary in which Director Scott Waugh reveals his meeting with Steve Mcqueen as a child. Aaron Paul is pretty laid back but if you are a fan of the movie there are some real gems here.
  • Monarch & Maverick Outakes – Basically a Michael Keaton gag reel, if you like him you might get a kick out of this.
  • The Sound Of Need For Speed – Composer Nathan Furst walks us through the score and the sound design that brings the film to life.
  • Deleted Scenes – Five deleted scenes with directors introduction.
  • Need For Speed Rivals Trailer
  • Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
This cover is fine with me. I wouldn’t have it as a poster, just because I don’t really like the movie that much. The menu is navigation, so nothing special.

Audio & Video: 10/10
Need For Speed might not be the type of film everyone will get a kick out of, but the same cannot be said for Disney’s 1080P/AVC transfer. This is a top-notch demo quality home theater disc that has to be seen to be believed. From the opening scenes you know you are in for a visual treat, the closing moments feature an amazing race around a coastal road in broad daylight with shiny Bugatti’s and Lamborghini’s filling the screen with color. No signs of ringing, black crush or pixelation are anywhere to be seen, this is a stunner folks.

Not to be outdone by how good the video looks the DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio track here is as impressive as it is LOUD. Anytime the Mustang Hero car is being driven your rear speakers light up in a wonderful throaty engine noise that really rumbles the room. And considering this movie is full of engine noise the dialog never gets drowned out. Again top-notch stuff the only thing I can complain about here and it’s nothing to do with Audio or Video is where is the slipcover for the disc?

Overall Score 5/10