You would think the best thing about Thanksgiving week would be eating your weight in food and vegging out on the couch while football and parades makes their way across the TV. But actually, the best part about it is laughing at outtakes from Edgar Wright’s boozed-up comedy The World’s End, which hit Blu-ray and DVD last week. They don’t get any less funny, so feel free to make these outtakes the best part of Christmas and New Year’s, too.
The World’s End, the third and final film in Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy hit the home video market last week. The film was one of this past summer’s sleeper hits, and marched to cult classic status almost before it was released. It also marked the end of an era for Wright and Pegg, and now that the pair is venturing off to work on other projects. One of the bonus features on the new Blu-ray is an animated storyboard. Total Film released this video that compares the opening sequence to the original storyboards.
The opening of The World’s End is fantastic. The more and more you watch the film, the more you understand that every element in the film is showcased in the first five minutes. Wright and Pegg are great at foreshadowing. The duo did the same thing in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and on the TV series Spaced. One of the reasons why their films are so clever and smart is that they include every precise detail in their scripts and storyboards.
Some days there’s just not much going on in the world of science fiction, a fact that occasionally makes it hard to come up with enough interesting material to fill out this column. Today…is not one of those days. The TV schedule is packed to bursting with notable science fiction, including a Thor: The Dark World tie-in episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a marathon of the Ninth Doctor’s episodes on BBC America, a new futurism/technology show hosted by James Woods, and more.
You can also help fill out your video shelves quite easily today. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End hits Blu-ray today, so plan your very own “Three Flavours Cornetto” marathon, but don’t forget to stock the bar first. Star Trek: The Next Generation’s snazzy, remastered fifth season comes to Blu-ray today as well, bringing high-def versions of some of the show’s best episodes, including “Darmok,” “The Inner Light,” and the “Unification” two-parter. Are your tastes a bit more cultish and eclectic? Both Night of the Comet and Tank Girl are getting new collector’s editions today as well.
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The World’s End, the third and final film in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy was met this past summer with much fan anticipation. Almost nine years since the release of Shaun of the Dead in 2004, Wright’s newest film did not disappoint as it pleased both genre fans and fans of smart British comedy. Now you can experience all three movies–Shaun, The World’s End, and Hot Fuzz—Blu-ray on November 25.
Not only can you watch the adventures of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Gary King and Andy Knightley, but you can se their misadventures as Shaun and Ed, as well as Inspector Nicholas Angel and Sergeant Danny Butterman, all in one convenient box set. The bonus features on the box set are pretty sparse, but they include interactive screenplays for all thre films. A few months ago, Wright released interactive screenplays of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so adding the The World’s End to the mix will complete the trilogy.
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.
Now that the last movie in the “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy is now in theaters, hopefully it won’t be too long before director Edgar Wright works with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again. A few years ago, it seemed like the trio wanted to go their separate ways, with Wright helming Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Pegg and Frost heading over to the sci-fi comedy Paul. While the trio will most likely work together again at some point in the future, Edgar Wright recently revealed that The World’s End was almost a (somewhat) direct sequel to Shaun of the Dead.
On the Empire Magazine podcast, Wright explained that, in the very early stages of writing the screenplay for The World’s End with Simon Pegg, the film could have taken a different direction and become an actual sequel to their earlier film. Wright says:
This is going way way back, but there was at one point a really silly idea — one of those fanciful, pie in the sky ideas that we were excited about for about an afternoon and then thought, ‘That’s impossible…’ — where we thought of doing a sequel for Shaun of the Dead where it would be an alternate reality. Shaun would turn left instead of right and instead of it being a zombie film, it would be — I don’t know — a bodysnatchers film.