The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
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( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 109 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master, Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Music by: Steven Price
Written by: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 19, 2013
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteam with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) in this wildly entertaining thrill ride that critics call “funny as hell” (Richard Roeper, WLS-AM Chicago) and “sheer comic perfection” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Twenty years after their first epic pub crawl attempt, the “five musketeers” reunite in their home town to complete the ultimate challenge – one night, five friends, twelve bars – a boozy quest on which only the strongest will survive. But after a bizarre series of encounters with the out-ofthis- world locals, they soon realize that reaching their final pub, The World’s End, may be the least of their troubles. They’re having the time of their lives, ready to take on the world… but tonight they may have to save it.
As a fan of both Shaun of the dead and Hot fuzz I eagerly awaited the arrival of The world’s end on Blu-ray. Let’s face it this isn’t majestic filmmaking derived from deep characters and grandiose storytelling. It’s dyed in the wool mindless entertainment aimed at the demographic that gets where it’s coming from. All others need not bother as they simply won’t relate. As with Shaun there is an audacity to the proceedings that indeed pushes the envelope although I don’t thing here we don’t quite get the same level of reward. The primary plot revolves around five characters friends since childhood, now adults, four of whom have successfully transitioned from the wonder years and one who has struggled against the tide trying to keep the “glory (teen) years” alive. The first half an hour or so just prior to the group’s realization that they are no longer in “Kansas” is excellent as it set’s up the characters while providing wonderfully crafted moments of cheeky humor and well played banter.
Once things progress there is a shift into elements of comedy/action with the underlying narrative thread started in the film’s beginning taking a backseat. From that point the throttle is turned up resulting in a frenetically paced chaos driven adventure that at times borders on derivative inanity but clicks thanks to the hilarious performances by the cast and funny bone tickling wit strewn throughout. The angle about this group of friends that went for years with no contact, for a reason I might add, who are suddenly thrust back together in the hope of completing some unfinished business might very well have held up on its own. What was somewhat disappointing is that right through to the end that original feel/concept is never carried to fruition. In light of that The world’s end kind of comes across as two different films which is probably its major flaw. Luckily neither aspect spoils the other. Essentially it’s a cracking good time as seen from both a humane and anarchistic perspective that spins the buddy flick in both directions.
The rating is for pervasive language including sexual references.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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The World’s End comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.
This video presentation has a filmic quality that doesn’t always lend itself to razor sharp images however resolution is excellent as both people and objects are rendered with clear definition that at times is meticulously resolved. The color palette isn’t a diverse one and with the exception of a colorful flashback sequence sticks mainly to tamped down secondary hues with splashes of primary colors that render a cooler overall aesthetic. Flesh tones are on the bland side but fit right in with the visual style of the video. Contrast is bold which adds dynamic emphasis to sequences containing bright elements. Blacks are dynamic and slightly crushed. Scenes containing uneven and/or dim lighting reveal discernible detail in shadowy backgrounds and darkened areas. Overall this is an excellent high definition rendering that looked terrific on my large screen.
The high resolution DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers smooth, sibilant free treble, tonally rich, crystalline dialogue, and diffused, room filling ambience. The front channels are seamlessly integrated with the surrounds tightly infused to create an immersive, stable soundstage. This mix generates a dimensional listening experience that comes alive during action based segments or subtly involving during quiet moments. It made for a fun surround sound experience that mated perfectly with the tone of the film.
- *Exclusive Cast Commentary with stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Paddy Considine
- *Exclusive Technical Commentary with director Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope
- Feature Commentary with Screenwriters Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg.
- (HD) *Exclusive Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World's End – Cast and crew discuss the prowess of The World’s End stunt and VFX teams. Watch rehearsals of intricate fight scenes choreographed by some of the movies’ best stuntmen. Learn how the VFX team enhances the existing footage to perfect the film’s look and style.- 27 minute featurette
- (HD) *Exclusive Hair and Make-Up Tests – 4 minutes
- (HD) *Exclusive Rehearsal Footage – 6 minutes
- *Exclusive Stunt Tapes – Behind-the-scenes of the bathroom fight, the twinbot fight and the beehive fight
- (HD) *Exclusive VFX Breakdown – VFX Supervisor Frazer Churchill compares production footage with final shots to take viewers behind the veil of the outrageous visual effects sequences – 8 minutes
- (HD) *Exclusive There's Only One Gary King - osymyso's Inibri-8 Megamix – A mash-up of Gary King’s (Pegg) best moments – 4 minutes
- (HD) *Exclusive Signs & Omens – A film clip montage highlighting all the hidden clues and hints throughout the film – 7 minutes
- (HD) *Exclusive Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart –Writers Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg bring back the trusty flip chart to reveal their step-by-step process of creating the story – 13 minutes
- *Exclusive Deleted Scene, Outtakes, Alternate Edits, TV Spots, galleries, TV safe version, and trailers
- (HD) Completing the Golden Mile - The Making of The World's End – While on the surface The World’s End looks like a movie about a bunch of old friends getting drunk on a pub crawl, it’s actually about much more. Look through the eyes of these frequent collaborators at the depth of the themes and the relationships between characters – (2 segments totaling 47 minutes)
- Featurettes (3 segments totaling 8 minutes):
- Director at work
- Pegg & Frost= Fried Gold
- Friends reunited
- Director at work
- Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy – 5 minute featurette
- Animatics – (2 segments totaling 10 minutes)
- Bits & pieces – 3 minute clips from the film
- Bonus DVD
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
The World’s End represents the third installment in co-writer/director Edgar Wright’s comedy film series that partner funnymen Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. It is an energetic and entertaining apocalyptic sci-fi action comedy that while not quite as well rounded as its predecessors is still lots of fun just the same. The World’s End comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a fan friendly supplemental package that explores the film’s production. If you’re a fan this is a no-brainer. If you’re curious drop The World’s End in your rental queue and take it for a spin on Blu-ray.
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