THE WORLD’S END Blu-ray Review

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The Cornetto Trilogy (aka “Three Flavours Trilogy”) is a cinematic delight in every sense of the word, and its status as such was solidified with the third and final entry in the loosely connected trio of films, The World’s End.  Much more than simply riffs on the horror, action, and sci-fi genres respectively, writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost have crafted three masterworks of structure that are as entertaining as they are emotionally satisfying.  Following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End may be the toughest and most mature work of the three, capping off the trilogy with a pair of career best performances by Pegg and Frost and wonderfully innovative visual storytelling courtesy of Wright.  Read my full review of The World’s End on Blu-ray after the jump.

Bill Nighy Talks ABOUT TIME, Working with Richard Curtis, BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2, Looking Back on SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and More

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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker.  The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time.  He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.

At the film’s press day, actor Bill Nighy spoke to Collider in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable about the appeal of this script and character, how he might have reacted, if he’d been told at 21 that he could travel through time, what he thought of working with  Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, and the unspoken connection he’s developed with director Richard Curtis.  He also talked about which roles in his career he gets approached about most often, what it’s like to have been a part of Shaun of the Dead, how much he enjoyed voicing The Network for The World’s End, shooting the final two films in The Worricker Trilogy, playing a bad guy in I, Frankenstein, and returning to India to shoot The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

THE WORLD’S END and The Cornetto Trilogy Hit Blu-ray November 19th

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Cornetto Trilogy fans, rejoice!  The brilliant final installment in the loosely connected film trilogy from writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and co-star Nick Frost will be released on Blu-ray in the US on November 19th and in the UK on November 25th.  In addition to The World’s End, a Cornetto Trilogy collection of all three films—Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and TWE—will also be released on Blu-ray at that time.  In addition to all of the extras found on the previous Blu-ray releases, the Cornetto Trilogy Blu-ray set will include interactive screenplays for all three films.  Unfortunately, that’s it in the collector’s set exclusives department, so hopefully a more extensive one will be released down the road.

Nevertheless, the Blu-ray for The World’s End is stacked with bonus feature goodness, as the disc includes a cast commentary, a technical commentary, featurettes covering everything from the stunts to hair and make-up tests, rehearsal footage, deleted scenes, outtakes, and more.  Additionally, the disc includes a clip montage highlighting all the hidden clues and hints throughout the film and a flip chart that reveals Wright and Peg’s step-by-step process of creating the story.  Hit the jump for the full list of extras and to pre-order both Blu-rays.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Talk THE WORLD’S END, Not Compromising the Film’s Britishness, Art, Twitter, Ben Affleck Playing Batman, Pegg’s Recent STAR TREK Comments, and More

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With Edgar WrightNick Frost and Simon Pegg‘s awesome movie The World’s End now playing around the world, the other day I got a chance to sit down with Frost and Pegg for an extended video interview.  Since they’ve been traveling the world promoting the film, I tried to ask new questions and a lot of them came from you guys via Twitter, so a big thank you to everyone that sent me a question.

During the very wide-ranging interview, they talked about making The World’s End, the overwhelming response to the film on Twitter, not compromising the film’s Britishness to potentially be more successful in the U.S., accomplishing what they wanted to do within the constraints of the budget, changes along the way, filming the action sequences, and so much more.  In addition, they talked about Ben Affleck playing Batman, what we have to do to get Frost cast as Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four movie, Pegg posting a picture on Twitter pointing at Ant-Man, their personal collections of art, the weirdest thing they saw in America during their road tour, their friendship, and Pegg addresses recent headlines that said, “Simon Pegg Says ‘Fuck You’ to Star Trek Fans.”  Trust me, if you’re a fan of Pegg and Frost, you’re going to enjoy this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE COLLISION: Episode 58 – Ben Affleck as Batman, YOU’RE NEXT, THE WORLD’S END, and We Know Better

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in Man of Steel 2 , the fanboy reaction to that news, how fans think they know how best to run a studio, and much more. We also talk about the marketing of You’re Next, and rave about The World’s End.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The ‘Realness’ of Superheroes and Kick-Ass 2), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Edgar Wright Talks THE WORLD’S END, Deleted Scenes, IMAX, 3D, Dwayne Johnson, ANT-MAN, His Sci-Fi Movie COLLIDER, and So Much More

by     Posted 1 year, 116 days ago


With Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End opening this weekend here in the States, I got a chance to sit down with him recently for an extended video interview.  Since he’s been traveling the world promoting the film with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, I tried to ask new questions and a lot of them came from you guys via Twitter, so a big thank you to everyone that sent me a question.

During the very wide-ranging interview, he talked about making The World’s End, future movies with Pegg and Frost, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray, deleted scenes from all of his movies, IMAX, 3D, his favorite TV shows, the way he edits, if he will ever work with Dwayne Johnson (they’ve been tweeting at each other a lot), his role as producer, if he is interested in developing a TV show (he has something but it’s in the early stages), and so much more.  In addition, he talked a bit about Ant-Man and his sci-fi film Collider which is being written by Mark Protosevich.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER Retains Top Spot on Soft August Weekend

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In terms of grosses, summer 2013 is not going out with a bang. For the fourth year in a row, a holdover took the number one spot at the pre-Labor Day box office while new releases struggled. Among the latter, The World’s End looked strongest – both financially and critically – while Sony/Screen Gems’ The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones became the latest young-adult fantasy adaptation to disappoint.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $17,018,000 $52.2
2.  We’re the Millers $13,500,000 $91.7
3.  The Mortal Instruments $9,300,000 $14
4.  The World’s End $8,942,000 $8.9
5.  Planes $8,567,000 $59.5
6.  Elysium $7,100,000 $69
7.  You’re Next
$7,050,000 $7
8.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $5,200,000 $48.3
9.  Blue Jasmine $4,300,119 $14.7
10.  Kick-Ass 2 $4,300,000 $22.4

Friday Box Office: THE BUTLER Stands Tall; THE WORLD’S END Leads New Releases

by     Posted 1 year, 117 days ago


Hollywood’s three new releases were no match for holdovers at Friday’s box office. Lee Daniels’ The Butler remained on top with an estimated $4.7 million, followed by the three week-old comedy We’re the Millers. Those rankings aren’t expected to change by Sunday, ensuring that this pre-Labor Day weekend will be one of the least-lucrative of the summer.

Among the frame’s new titles, The World’s End showed the most promise. The R-rated comedy earned an estimated $3.5 million on its opening day in 1,549 locations – not a particularly impressive number until you note that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones earned just $3.1 million from twice as many locations. The adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novel debuted at number one on Wednesday but should have trouble reaching its modest goal of $15 million after five days. You’re Next, the one new release that had chance to unseat The Butler based on tracking, opened to a disappointing fifth place instead. The well-reviewed horror film earned an estimated $2.9 million from 2,437 locations on Friday and is projected to take in $8 million this weekend. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $4,785,000 $40
2.  We’re the Millers $4,020,000 $82.2
3.  The World’s End $3,500,000 $3.5
4.  The Mortal Instruments $3,100,000 $7.85
5.  You’re Next $2,970,000 $2.9

TOP 5: Ben Affleck Is Batman, The Best Weekend This Summer, Iconic Directors Talk the Future of Movies in 1990, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, STAR WARS

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It should come as a surprise to no one that this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the news that Ben Affleck will inherit the cowl as the next Batman in Summer 2015′s Man of Steel sequel. And with good reason. Unless something goes drastically wrong, the movie is going to be an international blockbuster that millions will line up to see/pay for (yours truly included). That said, and like I mentioned last week, this weekend is one that I’ve been looking forward to for some time and one that I hope movie lovers will embrace; which is why Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer earns the second spot in this week’s installment. If you need a break from the common blockbuster, sequel, reboot, remake, etc., this weekend is for you. If you believe original movies have a place at your local cineplex, here’s your chance to dig into your wallet and prove it. You might be paying to see your favorite movie of the summer or you might end up seeing something that doesn’t suit your tastes at all. Either way, you’ll come out of it a better movie fan than you went in.

All begging and pleading aside, on tap this week is the aforementioned Ben Affleck/Batman news, Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer (which will start the begging and pleading all over again), a neat flashback video of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese discussing the future of movies in 1990 with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, interviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and a couple of noteworthy Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

The Best Weekend This Summer Belongs to Original Movies and to You

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Summer Movie Season 2013 is all but over.  Next weekend will be the traditionally slow Labor Day weekend where the highest-grossing opening weekend topped out at $30 million for the remake of Halloween.  This summer, we’ve waded through 12 sequels, 6 adaptations, and 1 reboot (I’ve kept each film to one category, but some could easily cross over like Man of Steel being a reboot and an adaptation of a comic book).  There have been some original movies along the way.

Summer is about to end, but not before it goes out with some of its best movies that also happen to be original movies.  Hit the jump for why they’re not just great films, but why you’ll be glad you saw them (and it’s probably not for the reason you think).


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[This is a re-post of my review from San Diego Comic-Con 2013.  The World's End opens tomorrow.]

Before I went off to college, several people told me, “It will be the best four years of your life!” In my head, my response was, “That’s horrible!” I didn’t want my life to peak at 22 and then have it all go downhill from there. Furthermore, that comment is rooted in a fear of the future, and has a death grip on the past because at least those were “the glory years.” Edgar Wright’s The World’s End thoughtfully explores the importance of coming to own your past rather than letting it own you. Of course, he does this in the same bravura directing style of his past films, and with the rapid-fire comedy he and co-writer/star Simon Pegg brought to the first two parts of “The Cornetto Trilogy”, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  However, the trilogy’s conclusion makes a firm break with the structure and style of those movies in favor something that’s a little looser, more mature, and just as funny and emotionally honest.

Mondo Poster for Edgar Wright’s THE WORLD’S END by Kevin Tong

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I’ve got a lot of love for Mondo, but I’m a bit disheartened at how they do posters for new releases.  They’ve gotten in the habit of releasing a new poster the day the film is released, and I’m assuming the movie studios have a heavy hand in forcing that drop date.  But unless you go see a special late screening the night before, you’re chancing the purchase of a poster for a movie you may not end up liking.  Or, in the case of this new Mondo poster for The World’s End, you can trust critics (myself included) and assume that Edgar Wright‘s latest film is great.  It’s a good-looking poster with artist Kevin Tong almost doing a riff on Martin Ansin, and is definitely worth owning if you’re a fan of the movie.  And if you think you’ll be a fan of the movie, you should roll the dice and see if you can get one when it’s released tomorrow at a random time.  Follow @MondoNews for the on-sale announcement.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The World’s End opens tomorrow, and you should see it.

Watch Mike Relm’s Cornetto Trilogy Mash-Up Video in Anticipation of THE WORLD’S END; HOT FUZZ Interactive Screenplay Released

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Opening this Friday, August 23rd, is the third film in The Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End.  The film is an excellent and wildly entertaining effort from writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost that uses elements from the sci-fi genre to explore issues of friendship, adulthood, and growing up.  Pegg and Frost both give brilliant performances as the film’s leads and Wright once again proves that he’s one of the most talented filmmakers working today, crafting some of the most inventive action sequences you’ll see all year.  Read Matt’s review here.  In celebration of the film’s release, Mike Relm has put together a remix video that mashes up all three films in the Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.

Additionally, Focus Features has made available a fascinating interactive screenplay for Hot Fuzz (click here for the Shaun interactive script) that makes for a very worthwhile time sink.  Hit the jump to check out both the remix video and the Hot Fuzz interactive screenplay.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to THE WORLD’S END; Plus Check out Photos from Our SHAUN OF THE DEAD/HOT FUZZ Double-Feature

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If you were one of the first sixty people to come to our Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz double-feature Monday night, you received an admit-one pass to The World’s End, so you could finish out Edgar Wright‘s “Cornetto Trilogy”.  If you liked Wright’s first two entries in the trilogy, The World’s End will surprise you, but it will be a pleasant surprise.  The conclusion is a different kind of movie in structure and tone, but it’s just as funny and as thoughtful as the filmmaker’s other movies.  In a summer full of disappointments, this is one of the few films that met my high-expectations, and I can’t wait to see it again.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of The World’s End.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund PikeThe World’s End opens August 23rd.  After the jump, you can also see photos from our Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz screening.


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The third film in writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy finally hits theaters later this month, and we’re giving away some swell The World’s End-related material to mark the occasion.  The film is right in line with the brilliant blend of comedy, genre, and sweetness from the trio’s previous collaborations Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and it’s one of the most enjoyable experiences you’ll have at the movies all year.  In anticipation of the film’s release, we’re giving two lucky readers each a $50 Visa gift card, a World’s End T-Shirt and pint glass, and a double feature Blu-ray of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win, and make sure you catch The World’s End when it opens in theaters on August 23rd.

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