Blu-ray Review: THE WORLD’S END (2013) [Universal Studios]

werobotsSpoiler Alert Defined: As I do not believe in spoiling anyone’s good time, my film reviews reveal nothing that cannot already be seen by viewing the motion picture’s original theatrical trailer.

 

“What the fuck does WTF mean?”

–Gary King

 

Release Dates:

2013

11/19/13 (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet Combo)

 

The Gist:

A few many of you may be wondering why this motion picture is referred to as the finale in The Three Flavours Trilogy or The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy or simply The Cornetto Trilogy. I can explain this. First, all films of the trilogy are directed by Edgar Wright, produced by Nira Park, written by Simon Pegg and Wright, and star Pegg and Nick Frost. It all began because of ice cream, and the director’s certainty that a Cornetto Ice Cream can cure any hangover life throws at you. Now what does that have to do with these films? Well, in each film, a Cornetto ice cream cone is the Alfred Hitchcock cameo that everyone keeps a watch out for, with a certain flavour correlating to the theme of the flick. In SHAUN OF THE DEAD, there is a strawberry flavoured Cornetto representing blood and guts. In HOT FUZZ, the original Cornetto can be seen in its blue wrapper, demonstrating the universal colour of police officers uniform. Finally, with this film, THE WORLD’S END, there is a green mint chocolate chip Cornetto indicating aliens and Science Fiction.

The lengthy four and a half minute intro sets the scene. Gary (Simon Pegg) recounts a time when he and four of his mates try and tackle The Glorious Golden Mile. This consists of twelve uniquely named pubs where shenanigans of all sorts take place. What killed the beast the first time around, is when they picked up “herbage” and got sick and paranoid and decided to blow off the last three pubs. We then find out that Gary’s voiceover confession is made from what we think is an AA meeting, and that the yesteryear evening was the best night of his life.

One thing is sure. His pals all hate him, Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) more than the rest, due to an “accident” that severed their relationship for years. This does not stop Gary from getting the band back together for one more night of imbibing and debauchery. What follows is a nostalgia ridden romp full of commercialized bars, sliding across slick urine floors, the marmalade sandwich, footed arms, smashy smashy egg man, lost loves, blue lights, tree beating, and a dog named spot. The last bit wasn’t in the film, but would it really have been better if it was?

One thing I’m left curious to as is why in the “Special Thanks” section is Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo Del Toro, Jackie Chan and Peter Jackson listed… I can imagine given the content, but ultimately, I am left only guessing.

The Verdict:

This movie owes everything it has to the countless horror/comedy invasion flicks that came before it, i.e. THE STEPFORD WIVES and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Also, keep an eye out for nods to John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and THE WIZARD OF OZ. The bottom line is everything is in its right place. This film has all the elements of a cheesy old horror flick, even down to the old man giving forewarn. Edgar Wright pushes it a step further and adds talent. There are long choreographed shots and lengthy dialogue sequences, which if failed, would take up more than enough time and film. It is nothing but slurs by the eighth bar. On drinking, the actors are top form. Slow blinks, hiccups, frown faced shrugs. One would think they are actually drunk. You never know, maybe they are. The film takes its time, nearly 40 minutes before any horror starts, a cue right out of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. This only allows nearly perfect character development for what kind of movie it is. THE WORLD’S END is a worthy outing, and positively hilarious. Endlessly quotable, I truly had a hard time picking which one I would use to open this review.  In the end, I recommend that you crack open a brew and enjoy the ride, maybe just one time around, and maybe two pints, and maybe just a rental. Fans of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ will not be disappointed. I will say though that this is the drinking movie of the year. The game is simple, take a pull whenever a decapitation occurs. Also, beware not to trip over a garden fence.

 

The AV:

The audio and video is everything it should be from a 2013 Universal Studios release. With the insanely gargantuan amount of special features, one would think they would impede on the AV, but this is not the case. Oceans of blue goo that pervade the latter half of the film, every bit of it, down to the minutest particalization, have full range of colour. The blacks never seem to crush and offer full gradations as well. Top form, top form. The sound here is spectacular, offering lossless audio with a full range of nuances and subtleties through the hard to master rear channels. The swirls of beer inside the glasses, the splashes of a pouring tapped keg, the smashes and smears of heads across dingy bathroom floors, all upper shelf and expressive. The icing though, is hearing one of my favourite songs by The Doors, in full scope and never richer.

The Supplements:

Three hours’ worth of apocalyptic bonus content…

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  • Deleted Scene
  • Out-takes
  • Alternate Edits
  • Completing The Golden Mile – The Making of The World’s End
  • Featurette – Director at Work
  • Featurette – Pegg + Frost = Fried Gold
  • Featurette – Friends Reunited
  • Featurette – Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy
  • Filling In The Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World’s End
  • Animatics
  • Hair and Make-Up Tests
  • Rehearsal Footage
  • Stunt Tapes
  • VFX Breakdown
  • There’s Only One Gary King – Osymyso’s Inibri-8 Megamix
  • Signs & Omens
  • Edgar & Simon’s Flip Chart
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • TV Safe Version
  • Galleries
  • Trivia Track
  • Credits
  • Feature Commentary with Writers Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
  • Technical Commentary with Director Edgar Wright and Director of Photography Bill Pope
  • Cast Commentary with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost & Paddy Considine.

 

The Video Specs:

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

The Audio Specs:

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Spanish: DTS 5.1

Subtitles:

English SDH, Spanish

Discs:

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)

UV digital copy

iTunes digital copy

DVD copy

BD-Live

D-Box

 

Link To Purchase:

http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/worlds-end-the/

 

 

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Christopher Gibson

Chris can be found only at night, playing vast hours of XBox 360, reading uniquely disturbing novels, and scouring Netflix for late sixties horror flicks. He has 69,000 Gamerscore and counting. Supposedly at the age of three, he beat Super Mario Bros. on NES, though possesses no recollection of this. Writing novels since the age of fourteen, he hopes to one day publish them. On Friday nights, he is seen at the local indie film theater, then the pubs next door shortly after, for thorough critique among friends. Follow him on Twitter @Literaryman420

 

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