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Review: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Blu-ray
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
There's a lot of extras on this release. Is it enough for you to buy?
To his credit, Edgar Wright had to adapt six books into one movie. That being said, it did take 30 minutes for the first fight between Scott and one of the Evil Exes to come on screen. My only other complaint was I just didn't feel Michael Cera was right for the role. I've liked him in other movies but he just didn't feel like "Scott Pilgrim" to me.
Despite those complaints, it is a movie worth seeing. The process of turning Scott Pilgrim's world into live-action wasn't an easy feat. Visually, there is a lot to see. I wouldn't want to see it on anything other than high-definition. Also so much of the movie is centered around music and the audio on this release is showcases the different bands.
If you've seen the movie already, you might be wondering about the special features. There are quite a bit that could help determine whether or not you decide to purchase or rent this Blu-ray.
== TEASER ==
There are 21 deleted scenes that run about 30 minutes. Some of the scenes were so short that it was surprising that they were cut. Then again, the movie was close to two hours so it makes sense. It's a shame that the tiny scenes with Nega Scott had to be cut but it probably wouldn't have made a lot of sense to those that hadn't read the books. I'm also very glad they did not go with the alternate ending.
There is nearly ten minutes of bloopers. There wasn't anything majorly funny but it was interesting to see how many takes it took for Michael Cera to toss the Amazon package over his shoulder and into the garbage when he was asking out Ramona.
There are three documentaries. A Making Of feature (49:43), Music Featurette (16:27) and You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb (2:42) which shows you how to play the songs on guitar. Alternative footage consists of Alternative Edits (12:21) and Bits and Pieces (6:51). Pre-Production Footage, Animatics, Rehearsals, Casting tapes, etc runs for nearly an hour and a half. Music Promos include four music videos (9:47) and the OSYMYSO Remixes (9:27). Visual Effects features include VFX Before & After (14:37), Roxy Fight/Ribbon Version (1:11) and Phantom Montage: Hi Speed Footage (3:47). There's also a feature on Soundworks Collection: Sound for Film People (5:43) as well as the trailers, TV spots and video game trailers.
Adult Swim aired Scott Pilgrim Vs. the Animation. This animated short runs 3:48. It's cool but I wish there was more. You can also watch Scott Pilgrim Vs. the Censors: TV Safe Version (4:11). This is a collection of clips with lines such as "Who the hey are you?" Edgar Wright did twelve video blogs which run just over forty-five minutes. There are galleries as well as commentary for the movie (feature and technical versions).
There's no question that you get a lot in terms of the special features. Some of them are really interesting in seeing how the different visual effects were added. There are others you could probably live without. Overall, it's a pretty sweet release. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World wasn't a perfect movie but it was fun and entertaining. It's funny in some ways watching a movie where the main characters aren't too likable (Scott and Ramona). It's unfortunate that the movie wasn't a bigger success at the box office. There is a lot that went into making this movie and most of the special features here are worth checking out. The HD release really showcases the visual and audio production that went into the film and this will make a good addition to your collection. You also get a DVD and Digital Copy. I would give the movie and this release a solid 4 out of 5. It's a movie that I will watch from time to time. There's just something about it that leaves me wanting more.