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"The World's End" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Rated R, 1 hour 49 minutes
  • 1080p/MPEG 4
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan
  • Directed by: Edgar Wright
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy ends in a spectacular way. Shaun of the Dead was a gory zombie film, Hot Fuzz was a cop-buddy, non-stop action ala Stepford Wives flick. And The World's End is a sci-fi flick that involves a lot of drinking, defining of friendships and getting over the past. The characters in all 3 films are believable, lovable and hilarious. This concluding film of the trilogy is just as epic and every bit as enjoyable as the first two. The frenetic fight scenes are amazing and funny at the same time. If the World must come to an end, it may as well be this way!

Technical

The sound and picture of this BD presenation are excellent. Color saturation and details are exemplary. You can see every crinkle around Pegg's eyes in the close-ups. Lots of surround sound action in the second half of the film, including some deep rumbling bass. Dialog is crisp and clear, though with a bit of English accents.

Extras

Bonus features are plentiful with commentaries to alternate takes/endings, interviews, TV trailers, a short clip on how the stunts were done, animatronics, etc.…there are a ton of extra features to plow through when the movie is finished. WooHoo!