The best way to celebrate getting the details about the upcoming home releases for Edgar Wright’s The World’s End is simple. Pour yourself 12 pints of something nutty and hoppy, put them in different places around your house, and then try to remember those spots as you walk around drinking them. But you’ll have to do it quickly, so that they don’t get warm. And then when you’re finished, you’ll wake up and be one day closer to Universal releasing The World’s End on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on November 19.
And because I know you’re wondering, there will also be a combo pack called “The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy Blu-ray.” So if you haven’t yet upgraded your other two Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost films just yet, this is the perfect chance. Getting all three instead of one is the only way you can get the exclusive interactive screenplays for each film. These are almost worth a release of their own.
But if all you want to do is get the newest movie, you’re probably going to want to spring for the Blu-ray over the DVD, which is a pretty bare bones release. Both contain a commentary track from Wright and Pegg, who wrote the film, and “Completing the Golden Mile,” which sounds like the meaty behind-the-scenes feature, which focuses on the themes and character relationships that you may have missed while you were laughing at Pegg’s antics. This is where the DVD features end.
The Blu-ray, however, comes with not just one but two more commentaries, which is exciting to me because this group consistently puts forth some of the most fun and informative tracks imaginable. One is from Pegg, Frost, and co-star Paddy Considine. The other is a technical commentary with Wright and director of photography Bill Pope that promises to be fun and educational.
There were a ton of stunts and awesome choreography in the film, and that should all get covered in “Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World’s End,” which focuses on the talented stunt and VFX teams, as well as the stars rehearsing their fights. Then there is an extra called “Stunt Tapes” that goes deeper into the three big fight sequences. And a VFX breakdown.
Actually, there’s seemingly nothing not covered, as hair and make-up tests, a Gary King feature, deleted scenes, outtakes, and alternate scenes all make an appearance. Pegg and Wright bring out the old clipboard to show us how they created the story. And finally, “Signs & Omens” is a montage that highlights hidden clues and hints sprinkled throughout the film.