Universal’s box office smash The Fate of the Furious hits DVD and Blu-ray this coming week, complete with an extended and unrated Director’s Cut featuring an additional 13 minutes of footage, and director F. Gary Gray has been chatting to CinemaBlend about what fans can expect from this new version.
“It’s 13 minutes longer, and it’s more action, more humor,” states Gray. “We’re able to give a couple moments, dramatic moments, the room to breathe a little more. In certain ways I’ve improved certain performances, and not only enhanced, but added action sequences. I love humor — comedy and humor. It’s kind of my favorite thing. So to add in jokes, some of the jokes are a little edgy… This is probably the most adult tone-wise in the franchise. We push it a little more with the stuff that’s cut out. I’m happy about it; we’ll see what happens.”
“We shot a lot in Iceland, which was the Russia sequence,” he continues. “So there were big chunks of the Russia sequence we had to cut out just to keep the pacing going. It’s in the third act, the movie has a lot of momentum. And while I didn’t put everything back in, there’s more Tyrese, the Roman character with the Lamborghini and the submarine. Just more cool stuff! We enhanced the New York sequence with the car hacking, things like that. There are a couple enhanced moments in Cuba as well. So I think people will definitely notice. Some of the stuff you won’t really notice, but it will feel a little different — but in a good way.”
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
The Fate of the Furious is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and features a cast that includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Eva Mendes, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.