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The World’s End (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

November 17, 2013 by  



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“The World’s End” fits well with the Cornetto trilogy.  Is it better than “Shaun of the Dead” or “Hot Fuzz”, I think it will be subjective for the viewer.  But in the end, “The World’s End” is entertaining, hilarious and a sci-fi comedy film that is all-out fun and worth watching!  Recommended!

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TITLE: The World’s End

FILM RELEASE: 2013

DURATION: 101 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DVS 2.0, Espanol DTS Surround 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, Subtitles: English SDH, Espanol

COMPANY: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Pervasive Language Including Sexual References)

Release Date: November 19, 2013

Directed by Edgar Wright

Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park

Executive Producer: James Biddle, Liza Chasin, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Co-Producer: Mairi Bett

Music by Steven Price

Cinematography by Bill Pope

Edited by Paul Machliss

Casting by Nina Gold, Robert Sterne

Production Design by Marcus Rowland

Art Direction by Peter Dorme, Nick Gottschalk

Set Decoration by Sara Wan

Costume Design by Guy Speranza

Starring:

Simon Pegg as Gary King

Nick Frost as Andy Knightley

Rosamund Pike as Sam Chamberlain

Paddy Considine as Steven Prince

Pierce Brosnan as Guy Shepherd

Michael Smiley as Reverend Green

David Bradley as Basil

Martin Freeman as Oliver Chamberlain

Eddie Marsan as Peter Page

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

From director and co-writer Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz”, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and co-writer/actor Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”) comes the third film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (after “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost”) titled “The World’s End”.

“The World’s End” is a British sci-fi comedy film that stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead”, “The Adventures of Tintin”, “Paul”), Paddy Considine (“The Bourne Ultimatum”, “Dead Man’s Shoes”, “Cinderella Man”), Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “Hot Fuzz”), Eddie Marsan (“V for Vendetta”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “The Illusionist”) and Rosamund Pike (“Surrogates”, “Die Another Day”, “Pride & Prejudice”).

“The World’s End” was written by Edgar Wright when he was 21-years-old about leaving a small town as an adult to return and notice that nothing has changed.

The film received positive reviews from film critics and now, the film will be released on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment in Nov. 2013.

“The World’s End” begins with a flashback of the past with narration by Gary King (portrayed by Simon Pegg) about how he and his friends, the meet Peter Page, Oliver “-Man” Chamberlain, Steven Prince and Andy Knightley had a lot of fun during their high school years.  Gary was looked up to because he was cool and the leader of the pack.

And one thing they tried to accomplish as teens was to complete the “Golden Mile”, a pub crawl that features as total of 12 pubs in their hometown of Newton Haven.  But they came close but failed to reach the final pub, “The World’s End”.

The story then focuses on the present-time and the cool Gary King has now become an alcoholic with no job and was telling people at his Alcoholics Anonymous meeting of what happened and how they failed to complete the “Golden Mile”.

Back to the present-time and Peter Page (portrayed by Eddie Marsan), Oliver “O-Man” Chamberlain (portrayed by Martin Freeman), Steven Prince (portrayed by Paddy Considine) and Andy Knightley (portrayed by Nick Frost) are doing very well for themselves.  Most are married, have families and very good jobs and one-by-one, Gary tries to convince each and everyone of them to try to accomplish what they didn’t do when they were teenagers and that is to complete the “Golden Mile”.

And while most are shocked to see Gary after all this time, many are willing to do it if he can convince Andy to do it.  Gary lies to them and tells them that Andy is in but in reality, Andy no longer drinks and wants nothing to do with Gary.  But decides to do it after Gary tells him that his mother had died and feeling bad, Andy gives in.

Driving his old car that he had driven in the ’80s, each of these friends recently reunited head to their old home in the small town of Newton Haven and hit the first pub.  O-Man’s sister Sam (portrayed by Rosamund Pike) arrives and we learn that Gary had sex with her in the bathroom as a teenager but dumped her because he had another girl to be with and so, she is not so thrilled to see Gary, nor to see him flirt with her again.  But Steven also has liked Sam all this time and tells his friends of his feelings toward Sam.

Meanwhile, at the same pub is a man that bullied Peter when they were younger but is shocked the man did not even recognize or remember him.

As for Gary, he’s shocked that none of the people are doing the “Golden Mile”, nor do they recognize him.  The town has changed and it’s like they are aliens to the town they have grown up in, it seems that no one remembers them.

By the time the group reaches their fourth pub, as Gary is in the bathroom, he starts to get mad at a teenager and tries to tell him that he was one of the legends in the town back them and their attempt to complete the “Golden Mile”.  But the teenager doesn’t care and avoids Gary.  Gary tries to become rough and the teenager warns him.  And as Gary tries to pick a fight with the teenager, the teenager fights back with tremendous power.  Gary then hits him and accidentally knocks the teenager’s head off and blue blood comes out and it is revealed that the teen is a robot.

Meanwhile, Gary’s friends realize that he has lied about his mother dying and are upset with him.  When Gary’s friends come in the bathroom to confront Gary about his lies, Gary tries to tell them about the headless robot and everyone is freaked out.

But then the robot teenager’s friends have come in and a fight ensues between them and Gary and his friends.

Andy is able to show the remarkable strength he had as a teenager and helps his friends beat the robot teenagers and then wonder… what if the reason why no one remembers them is because everyone in Newtown Haven has been turned into robots?

As the group leaves the pub and try to go on to the next pub, they see people looking at them and the teenagers they defeated, for some reason they are back.

Several pubs later, Gary runs into Sam and tells her that Newtown Haven has been invaded by robots which she doesn’t believe him at all.  As Sam meets up with her twin friends, she tells them about what Gary told her and when the twins start to behave weird, Gary comes to rip one of the twins heads off to show its a robot and Sam freaks out, now knowing that Gary was telling the truth.  A fight with the robot twins ensues and Steven comes to protect Sam and confesses her feelings towards her.

The group heads out to the Mermaid and an old acquaintance named Basil tries to warn Steven about the robots and what they will do to humans at the Mermaid.  The female robots will try to seduce the men and steal their DNA.  And as the guys are getting seduced, Sam sees her childhood crush Adrian trying to hit on her, but Adrian died years ago in a motorcycle crash.

Knowing that something is wrong, both she and Steven try to get their friends out of the Mermaid but O-Man tries to convince them to go back inside.

When the group reaches the next pub, they meet their old teacher Guy Shepherd (portrayed by Pierce Brosnan) and he reveals himself to be a robot and tries to convince them all to accept their fate and be replaced by robots.  Meanwhile, the guys wonder why O-Man is acting weird, to find out that the scar he had removed has come back and they realize he is a robot as well.  A fight ensues and the guys manage to get Sam to leave town but now they are chased by a town of robots.

And as the guys want to escape the town and leave, Gary wants nothing more than to finish the “Golden Mile” with a few pubs left.   Will these friends survive the night or will they be assimilated by the robots?

VIDEO:

“The World’s End” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  The picture quality is amazing as skintones are detailed, special effects are well implemented and black levels are deep.  While a lot of the film is shot at night, lighting is well-done and I saw no artifacting, banding or any problems with the overall picture quality.  Videophiles should be pleased with the picture quality.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

The lossless soundtrack of “The World’s End” will also please audiophiles as the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is absolutely rockin’ from it’s musical soundtrack to its action sequences with blasts, fights, things blowing up all over the place.  Great use of LFE and the surround channels are also immersive.  Dialogue is crystal clear and for the most part, this film delivers in lossless audio!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The World’s End” comes with the following special features:

  • Feature Commentary – Audio commentary with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
  • Technical Commentary – Audio commentary with Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope
  • Cast Commentary – Commentary with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine
  • Deleted Scenes – (:55) A few deleted scenes from “The World’s End”.
  • Outtakes – (10:44) Outtakes from “The World’s End”.
  • Alternate Edits– (4:32) Featuring alternate scenes not used in the final cut of the film.
  • Completing the Golden Mile – (48:06)  The making of “The World’s End”.
  • Director at Work – (2:33) The cast talk about working with director Edgar Wright.
  • Pegg+Frost=Fried Gold – (3:28) The working relationship of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and having both together again for “The World’s End”.
  • Friends Reunited – (3:46) Friends reuniting for the making of “The World’s End”.
  • Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy – (5:13) How Cornetto ties “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” together.
  • Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of the World’s End – (27:40) Stung training.
  • Animatics – (11:17) featuring the storyboards with soundtrack.
  • Hair and Makeup Tests – (4:07) Talent standing with their costume, hair and makeup.
  • Rehearsal Footage – (6:20) Rehearsal footage for “The World’s End”.
  • Stunt Tapes – How various stunt scenes were planned: Bathroom Fight – (3:22), Twinbot Fight (1:53) and Beehive Fight (3:31)
  • VFX Breakdown – (8:39) A visual effects featurette.
  • Bits & Pieces – (3:26) Alternate takes.
  • There’s Only One Gary King – Osymos inibri-8 megamix music video – (4:36)
  • Signs & Omens – (7:51) Various signs shown during the entire film.
  • Edgar & Simons Flip Chart – (13:08) The planning and changes of characters and names for the film.
  • Trailers
  • TV spots
  • TV Safe Version
  • Galleries – Featuring production photos, animatronics, prosthetics, theatrical posters, concept art, hero pub designs
  • Trivia Track

EXTRAS:

“The World’s End” comes with the Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy (code provided) plus a slipcover.

Whenever Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg collaborate with each other, there is insane comedy magic that is to be made.

And with what we have seen from “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”, you get a lot of crazy humor, plenty of action but also the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost bromance and the thing can be said of the third film of the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”.

“The World’s End” is a film that starts out with old high school friends reuniting together to take part in one last attempt in their adulthood to accomplish the “Golden Mile”, to drink a beer from each of the pubs that reside within the “Golden Mile” and to finish off what they were not able to do 20-years ago.

Of course, everyone has grown up quite a bit since then.  Many of the guys are married, have children, have career jobs with the exception of their old leader, Gary King.  An alcoholic and a man who tries to hold on to his youth with the similar clothes he wore back in the day and has not amounted to much in his life.  But he is the one that resents his friends for becoming slaves to the system

But it’s when the film shifts from friends reuniting to friends taking on an entire town of robots that have assimilated their old hometown of Newton Haven, suffice to say, all hell breaks loose.

The comedy is fast-moving, Simon Pegg’s comedy flair that is seen from the first two films is still strongly intact for the third film. As with the bromance as Nick Frost who plays Nick Frost’s estranged friend, Andy tries to stand by his old friend that he looked up to back in high school.

I felt that when it comes to the characters, anyone who graduated from high school, usually have this thought of who makes it and who doesn’t make it in their adulthood, to find out that some people who you didn’t think much of, end up becoming people who have succeeded, while those who were popular or top of the class, may have not gone further after high school.  But for these friends, they give their old friend the benefit of the doubt one last time.  Gary was not the great person that he was in high school but for old time sake, why not join him in this attempt to see him complete the “Golden Mile”.

But in truth, as the friends continue their drinking adventure, its the realization that while they sort of look down on him for what he has become, he also looks down on them for giving up their freedom for marriage and children.

In some ways, the storyline seems like a combination of Cornetto wit, entwined with Fred Schepisi’s 2001 film “Last Orders” and Don Siegel’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” albeit with robots, cool fight choreography and impressive special effects.

As for the Blu-ray release, “The World’s End” hits high marks for its wonderful picture quality, awesome lossless immersive soundtrack and its abundant number of special features including three audio commentary tracks.

Overall, “The World’s End” fits well with the Cornetto trilogy.  Is it better than “Shaun of the Dead” or “Hot Fuzz”, I think it will be subjective for the viewer.  But in the end, “The World’s End” is entertaining, hilarious and a sci-fi comedy film that is all-out fun and worth watching!  And any film to have The Housemartins “Happy Hour” as part of its soundtrack is sure to ensure any viewer will have a fun time!

“The World’s End” is recommended!

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