We’ve always been huge fans of the FAST AND FURIOUS Movies. We are a family that loves racing and speed. That is why it was so exciting to attend an event with Tyrese Gibson AND Jordana Brewster stars of the Blockbuster film FAST FIVE. They jump started the action at the Nascar camping world truck series race “FAST FIVE 225″ on Friday. They both did a meet and great with the Fans to promote FAST FIVE and they signed autographs. Tyrese Gibson sang the National Anthem which we heard from Will Call while we waited in line to pick up tickets. With traffic here in Chicago we unfortunately missed the meet and greet but we were able to see the end of Tyrese on singing on the Jumbo Tron in center pit along with Tyrese and Jordana also did the that ever popular announcement Race Starting Phrase together, ” Drivers Start Your Engines!” That had to be really cool and an honor. I did get to meet the Universal Studios Rep’s briefly as they handed out FAST FIVE hats. The race was about to start so we had to hurry. We didn’t want to miss one of the most exciting parts.
Joliet, Ill. – August 18, 2011 – In a first of its kind for NASCAR, Chicagoland Speedway today announced the blockbuster movie Fast Five, the biggest and most successful installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise debuting October 4 on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, as the event title sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, September 16 at Chicagoland Speedway – the “Fast Five 225.”
A high-stakes, adrenaline-pumping thrill ride, Fast Five stars global superstar Tyrese Gibson and the talented and beautiful Jordana Brewster, who will co-serve as the Grand Marshals of the “Fast Five 225” to kick off the explosive triple header weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Grammy-nominated artist Tyrese Gibson, whose highly anticipated new album Open Invitation will be released November 1 through Voltron Recordz/EMI Music Services, will also sing the national anthem.
I suppose if you’ve ever seen Nascar on Television or attended a race you know the excitement in the air as the Racers start their engines. The smell of race fuel fills the air as the roar of the engines blast out your ear drums. Hopefully you are wearing ear plugs. My husband loves it and gets a huge adrenaline rush. He’s been racing Go karts ever since he was a kid and dreams of the day he’ll be able to get behind a wheel of a Race Car and experience what it would be like to drive on a Nascar track one day. Until the day comes he’ll live through the dreams of others watching Nascar racing, Truck racing and of course awesome Movies like the Fast and Furious and Fast Five.
“We are so thrilled to align with the highly successful The Fast and the Furious franchise and to have this iconic brand as our entitlement partner for the NASCAR Truck Series race this September,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway. “This is truly a unique partnership, and we’re excited that Fast Five is using Chicagoland Speedway as a national platform to promote the roll out of its Blu-ray™ and DVD release. This is a franchise that really understands what high-octane thrills and pulse-pounding racing is all about, and we look forward to bringing fans that same type of excitement during the ‘Fast Five 225’.”
“This groundbreaking partnership with NASCAR and Chicagoland Speedway is the ideal opportunity to mark the highly anticipated home entertainment release of Fast Five, added Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “The combination of Fast Five and NASCAR is sure to be a huge thrill for race fans. No two brands are bigger crowd pleasers or deliver a better action-packed, edge-of-your-seat racing experience.”
Friday, September 16 also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and Chicagoland Speedway will have dedicated advertising and marketing promotions for the Hispanic communities in and around the Chicagoland area leading up to the “Fast Five 225.”
Fast Five will be released in a never-before-seen Extended Edition on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed as former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law while pursued by a federal agent (Dwayne Johnson). Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and Don Omar reunite for this ultimate high-stakes race filled with spectacular street chases and pulse-pounding action set in Rio de Janiero.
Chicagoland Speedway is the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this September – the first of ten ‘playoff’ style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2011 championship. The Fast Five 225 kicked off the weekend Friday, September 16 followed by the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, Sept. 17. The three day weekend concluded on Sunday, Sept. 18 (postponed due to Rain) with the GEICO 400 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Unfortunately this race was rained out and will be taking place today, Monday September 18, 2011 … If they can get it in with all the rain we are experiencing. It certainly will be an exciting race with Kyle Bush, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson in the top three leading the point series.
FAST FIVE ON BLU-Ray and DVD OCTOBER 4th, 2011
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker head up an all-star reunion of the explosive Fast franchise set in sultry Rio de Janeiro. Former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker, Fast & Furious, Takers) and his girlfriend Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster, Fast & Furious, “Dallas”) bust Mia’s brother Dom (Vin Diesel, Fast & Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick) out of prison, blasting across South America to elude the authorities. Finding themselves backed into a corner in Brazil, they assemble an elite team of top racers to help pull off the one last job that could mean freedom for them all. But hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, Faster, The Other Guys) is hot on their trail, and so is a corrupt and powerful businessman who wants them dead. When Hobbs and his strike force launch an all-out assault to capture the Torettos and their team, he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Instead, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.
Including Never-Before-Seen Extended Edition and
Universal’s All-New Second Screen Feature Available Exclusively on Blu-ray™
On Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Packs, DVD and Digital Download
From Universal Studios Home Entertainment
October 4, 2011
“The Best of the Series!” – Richard Corliss, TIME
Universal City, California (July 26 2011)—Spectacular street chases and pulse-pounding physical action are set against the mesmerizing beauty of Rio de Janeiro’s exotic thoroughfares in Fast Five, the most successful installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the phenomenally successful franchise built on speed plus action superstar Dwayne Johnson (Faster) in the all-new action caper available October 4, 2011 on Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Packs, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand.
Available for a limited time only, the Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Packs bring the full-throttle excitement of the ultimate Fast Five experience to the screen with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available on Blu-ray™, as well as an extended edition of the film with even more explosive action, exclusive bonus features, a DVD to enjoy in the car or on the go, and a Digital Copy of the film that can be downloaded and viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere including laptops, tablets, and smartphones as well as Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray™ set top boxes. Debuting on the Fast Five Blu-ray™ is Universal’s Second Screen, an all-new app for tablets and computers that provides an innovative and interactive viewing experience. To preview Universal’s all-new Second Screen for Fast Five visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/UniSecondScreenF5preview.
Packed with mind-blowing stunts, high-octane thrills and unprecedented automotive wizardry, Fast Five reunites cast members from all four previous chapters of the blockbuster franchise, reprising their roles as the most daring gang of outlaw drivers to ever get behind the wheel, while a relentless FBI agent (Dwayne Johnson) does whatever it takes to them bring down. Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) takes the wheel of this all-star reunion as Diesel and Walker reprise their iconic roles as Dom Toretto, the king of the street racers, and former cop Brian O’Conner, now Dom’s partner-in-crime, while Johnson rides shotgun for the first time ever as Federal agent Luke Hobbs. Fast Five also brings back several popular franchise stars including Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Elsa Pataky, Gal Gadot and Matt Schulze in a story fueled by gear-grinding action, hairpin plot twists and vehicular mayhem set to a driving hip-hop and Latin soundtrack.
BLU-RAY™ EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
- DOM VS. HOBBS: Watch how the action-packed showdown was shot
- ON SET WITH DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN: Go behind the scenes of Fast Five with director Justin Lin
- INSIDE THE VAULT CHASE: Learn how they filmed the movie’s most dangerous sequence
- TYRESE TV: Go behind the scenes of Fast Five with Tyrese Gibson
NEW! pocket BLU™ VERSIONS FOR TABLETS AND COMPUTERS, FEATURING UNIVERSAL’S SECOND SCREEN
o The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC, and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays. And with UNIVERSAL’S SECOND SCREEN, enjoy an innovative and interactive viewing experience, that lets you control, interact and explore Fast Five with groundbreaking new features right on your tablet or computer, in synchronization with the movie on your television screen! While the movie plays, you’ll experience features such as:
- Take Control 2.0: Step inside the movie with Director Justin Lin, as he takes control of your Blu-ray player and gives you an all-access, in-depth look at how the movie was made.
- Virtual Car Garage: Get an up-close inspection of the hot cars, moving models of the cars in a 360 degree view, check out tech specs and more with a touch of your finger
- Scene Explorer: Ever wish you could see how your favorite special effects sequences were created? Select various progressions of the same scene from storyboards to daily cuts right from your couch and see how they pulled off the incredible action of the film.
- Picture in Picture: The cast and crew share stories about the movie right from your tablet or computer, in synchronization to the scene being played.
- The Music of Fast Five: Tap your fingers to find out what song is playing, create your own playlist, and even purchase the songs right from your device!
pocket BLU™: The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac® to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:
o DIGITAL COPY: Now, Users have a whole new way to redeem their Digital Copy of the movie right from within the pocket BLU app! With a simple three step process, the movie begins downloading instantly to their portable device to take with them anywhere!
o ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease
o VIDEO TIMELINE: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film
o MOBILE-TO-GO: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere
o BROWSE TITLES: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device
o KEYBOARD: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard
· BD-LIVE™ – Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content, and more!
· uHEAR™: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and dvd combo pack exclusive:
· DIGITAL COPY: In addition to redeeming a Digital Copy of the movie through the pocket BLU™ app, Viewers can also download a digital version of the full-length movie from participating digital retailers to enjoy on a choice of popular electronic and portable devices.
Blu-ray™ and dvd BONUS FEATURES:
- GAG REEL (love these)
- DOM’S JOURNEY: Track Vin Diesel’s legendary character from the beginning
- BRIAN O’CONNER: FROM FED TO CON: Follow Paul Walker’s character as he goes from lawman to outlaw
- ENTER FEDERAL AGENT HOBBS: Meet Dom & Brian’s toughest nemesis yet
- FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN
I have not seen Fast Five yet but we are certainly excited to view it along with add it to our collection of the movies. My men are Gear heads and this will be one film they will watch over and over just like the others. Of course nothing bets live action of racing but if you love racing and even if you don’t and you just love adrenaline movies Fast Five will be the one to see.
We were seated off the the left of the track for the race and this was one of the crews who did pit stops right in front of us. Pretty cool! This was the very first race the kid attended. My daughter thought the trucks were too loud. My son thought they weren’t loud enough. Gotta love boys. If you ever been to a race you know that the trucks or cars are super loud when they go at the speed they drive at. Over 100 miles an hour and all going by at the same time. It’s a huge adrenaline rush as they whiz by. I love watching the Pit Stops because cars race in, pit crews run out for all but a few seconds and they move quickly to get the driver back out on the track again in as little time as possible. So much action!
From Universal Studios Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2011
For More information visit www.fastfivemovie.com
disclaimer: We received Family Tickets to attend this event. Thoughts and experience 100% our own. we wanted to share it with you to give you a first hand thoughts of this event.