First off, apologies for the slightly later-than-usual column. Now that’s out of the way, I can delve into this week’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Here’s a quick peek at what’s out as well my tips on whether to buy, rent or avoid.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
I like all kinds of movies. I’m just as happy watching a good, solid arthouse drama like I Am Love as I am watching something like Ghostbusters or Saw.
But of all the movies released in 2010, there was nothing I was looking forward to more than Scott Pilgrim vs The World. It’s a shame then that this was so disappointing for me. That’s a different story for another time, however.
Given my reaction that it was “good, but could have been better”, I’d ordinarily suggest a rental for such a flick. But with the ridonculous amount of awesome-sounding extras that are on here, there’s no way you’d be able to get through everything in a day or two. That’s why this one is a must-buy.
Here’s the official synopsis and the bonus features you can expect to enjoy:
Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for totally average garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams . . . literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass-and now is back in town-to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past — from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK:
o Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
o Music Featurette
o You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb
ALTERNATE FOOTAGE: A special look at alternative edits to the film.
PRE-PRODUCTION: A look inside the film’s pre-production process including storyboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes, hair/make-up tests and more!
THE MUSIC OF SCOTT PILGIRM VS. THE WORLD: This feature includes four complete music videos and video remixes from legendary DJ Osymyso.
VISUAL EFFECTS: This feature takes a second look at the movie’s inventive visual effects.
SOUND WORK: A mini documentary about the creation of the film’s super-powered sonic landscape.
TRAILERS & TV SPOTS from the theatrical release of the film
ADULT SWIM: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE CENSORS: TV safe version
BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRODUCTION BLOGS from the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by director /producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright.
FREE BONUS MOVIE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Blu-ray Combo Pack consumers will have instant access to stream action hits Tremors or Pitch Black via BD-Live, Smartphone or computer.
U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie.
o STORYBOARD PICTURE-IN-PICTURE
POCKET BLU app: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry, Nokia Android, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player and offers advanced features such as:
o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the movie.
o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o Virtual Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard that will facilitate such Blu-ray features as chatting with friends and sending messages.
DIGITAL COPY OF THE FILM: Blu-ray consumers can download a digital version of the movie to their Mac and or Windows PC for a limited time only.
BD-LIVE: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more.
MY SCENES: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movie.
AND LOTS MORE!
BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD:
DELETED AND ALTERNATE SCENES with commentary from director/producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE BLOOPERS
Feature Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley
Technical Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope
Cast commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh
Cast commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber
BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTO GALLERIES including Edgar Wright’s photo blog
GALLERIES: Production photos, art galleries and marketing concepts.
Like I said, must-buy to get through all these goodies. Perhaps I’ll really get it on a second, third or fourth viewing.