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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Nov 222013
 

 
photo for If you’re familiar with the work of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”), you can jump right in and enjoy “The World’s End” without any doubts as to its pedigree. If you’re new to the trio, you may have to sit back and be patient as the outrageous comedy unfolds and builds up to a delightful level of absurdity that is just out of this world (literally). The premise: Simon Pegg stars as Gary King, an alcoholic loser who never outgrew his adolescence, who cons his estranged four middle-aged friends to relive a night 20 years earlier in which they undertook — and failed — at an epic pub crawl through 12 bars. He literally Shanghais his friends back to their home town for the undertaking — a mile-long trek that’s to end at a pub called The World’s End — but once the quest begins, they find there’s something very wrong in Newton Haven — the town has been taken over by beings from another world. There’s plenty of bathroom and scatological humor, drunken dirty jokes, nasty repartee, and very, very, very funny sequences you just aren’t ready for. A masterful stroke of British humor that everyone can (and should) enjoy. This is the third and final film in the trio’s “The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy,” which includes the aforementioned hits “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” and which is being released to Blu-ray this week. Extras: “Completing the Golden Mile — The Making of The World’s End,” about the film and the depth of the themes and the relationships between the characters; commentary with Screenwriters Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Blu-ray adds: Cast commentary with stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine; technical commentary with director Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope; “Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World’s End”; hair and make-up tests; rehearsal footage; stunt tapes; VFX breakdown; “There’s Only One Gary King — Osymyso’s Inibri-8 Megamix mash-up of Gary King’s (Pegg) best moments set to music by DJ Osymyso; “The Man Who Would Be (Gary) King”; “Signs & Omens,” a film clip montage highlighting all the hidden clues and hints throughout the film; “Edgar & Simon’s Flip Chart” in which writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg bring back the trusty flip chart to reveal their step-by-step process of creating the story; deleted scene, outtakes, alternate edits and more. Vitals: Director: Edgar Wright. Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.223 million, Universal. 3 stars

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