The extras are precisely what you could hope for and stand as proud as those on ‘Shaun’ and ‘Fuzz’:
- U-Control: Picture-in-picture: The entire film storyboarded scene by scene. That’s an extra that’s more cool than Gary King!
- Deleted Scene (0:55): In the B&B before they set off. I’m sure there would be more than one deleted scene?
- Out-takes (10:44): A great selection of them, including a special one at the end.
- Alternate Edits (4:32): Slightly different takes on a number of scenes.
- Completing The Golden Mile: The Making Of (HD) (48:06): Edgar Wright and the main cast members talk at length about the idea for the film and how much they enjoyed making it, plus a look at the inception for the characters themselves and the whole Cornetto Trilogy.
As this is the first major extra that you’re going to be interested in, I would’ve thought Universal would put this one at the top. “Making of”s normally do. Also, it’s the first extra you come to that’s in HD. However, that’s not Universal’s only faux-pas with this piece – it’s 48 minutes in length and there’s only TWO chapters.
- Featurettes (12:13): Four here, all of which are cut-down brief snippets from the main ‘making of’.
Director at Work (3:04): Pegg, Frost, other cast members and producer Eric Fellner talk briefly about enjoying working with Edgar Wright. Nick Frost sums it up: “It’s going to be a hard 13 weeks, but you know you’re going to get a great film at the end of it.”
Pegg & Frost = Fried Gold (3:34): And the love is returned to the other two main stars of the show.
Friends Reunited (3:46): A brief run-through the characters.
Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (5:18): Just slightly different to the ‘Three Colours Trilogy’ this title is taking off, I like the way this piece mixes in clips from the films to complement the words spoken by Pegg, Frost, Wright and co.
- Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World’s End (HD) (27:40): After working on Scott Pilgrim Vs The World with Bill Pope (The Matrix) and Brad Allen, Edgar Wright wanted to bring them to this film to, for example, give an American cinematic take on British pubs and also beef up the fight choreography.
There’s great fights such as those in the bathroom and pub, but there are some incredible effects such as Martin Freeman’s half-a-head as well as the fights which involve the Blanks which have since lost their heads. Chat in this segment comes from a whole host of crew members who played their part in doing a perfect job for this film.
- Animatics (11:17): Storyboards for the prologue, where Pegg narrates his time in 1990, and then the Catacombs, deep inside The World’s End pub.
- Hair and make-up tests (4:07): All the main characters give us a twirl. It ends up looking like a dodgy C&A advert 😉
- Rehearsal footage (6:20): Practicing the fights, stunts and visual FX, plus content for the prologue.
- Stunt tapes (12:13): Stuntment testing out in the warehouse for the Bathroom Fight (3:22), Twinbot Fight (1:53) and Beehive Fight (3:31), all shown as they appear in the film.
- VFX Breakdown (8:39): VFX Supervisor Frazer Churchill talks through various scenes, showing what was filmed, the breakdown of each shot, and the final version. This was a very fascinating extra.
- Bits & Pieces (3:23): Full shots and alternate takes which were later edited down, plus a nice addition of showing them celebrating every 100th scene being shot.
- There’s Only One Gary King: Osymyso’s Inibri-8 Megamix (4:36): A dance remix of a stack of dialogue from the film.
- Signs & Omens (7:51): A look at the darker aspects of the movie, and some things you might miss on first viewing.
- Edgar & Simon’s Flip Chart (13:08): As they did in 2001 for the Shaun of the Dead DVD, here they run through a flip chart for The World’s End. They refer this to be the third one they’ve done, but I don’t recall the second one featuring in the extras for Hot Fuzz.
- Trailers: Four for this film, two normal-style trailers: a UK trailer (1:47), Domestic trailer (2:32), Newton Haven (0:55) – done in the style of a 1970s tourist information film, and “The Man Who Would Be (Gary) King” (1:59), rather similar to the two main ones but with Simon Pegg pretending to (badly) sound like Michael Caine and Nick Frost doing the same for Sean Connery.
- TV Spots: Three of them at 32 seconds apiece: Trilogy, Survive & Pegg Frost, each concentrating on a specific aspect but also largely being the same.
- TV Safe version (3:41): Certain scenes are toned down. Sadly, this is necessary because it’s bound to end up on ITV who’ll cut the strong language out so, at least, Edgar Wright got to it first. “Steady on, you fluffy alky!”
Well, ITV aren’t quite that bad these days, but they don’t allow the c-word, hence why that was replaced with ‘cocks’ in the first scene of Shaun of the Dead to name but one example.
- Galleries: Stacks of pics across five categories: Production Photos, Animatronics & Prosthetics, Theatrical Posters, Concept Art and Hero Pub Signs. The player cycles through them automatically, whereas it would’ve been nice to control this manually.
- Trivia Track: The subtitles are replaced with a wealth of information throughout the entire film. Another great reason to watch it all again.
- Credits: A list of names of many of those involved.
- Audio commentary: With feature writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
- Audio Description: Does what it says on the tin.
- Ultraviolet and Digital Copy: The former ‘in the cloud’ and the latter for phones and tablets, this is so you can watch the film wherever you are, but… I’ve never yet anyone who actually uses these! I can only imagine they’re cheap to create and add because there’s a proliferation of them on Blu-rays and DVDs these days.
The menu mixes images from the film with a piece of looped theme music. There are subtitles in English only, and there’s a reasonable number of chapters with 20, although I prefer one every five minutes on average as a rule of thumb, so it could use more.
Running time: 109 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Released: December 16th 2013
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen: 2.35:1 (Super 35)
Disc Format: BD50
Director: Edgar Wright
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Nira Park
Screenplay: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
Music: Steven Price
Gary King: Simon Pegg
Andrew Knightley: Nick Frost
Oliver: Martin Freeman
Peter: Eddie Marsan
Steven: Paddy Considine
Sam: Rosamund Pike
The Network: Bill Nighy
Guy Shephard: Pierce Brosnan
Basil: David Bradley
Publican: Mark Heap
Young Gary: Thomas Law
Fitness Instructor (26): Jenny Bede
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