Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Blu-ray Review

Release Date: November 9th, 2010
Disc Size: 45.9 GB
Film Size: 27.9 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: ABC
The Video
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ lands on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. I watched the film on my high-def projector and was very impressed by the visual style of the film, right from the start with the pixel-filled Universal Studios logo.

I didn’t see the film in theaters, but I have read a couple of reviews which state that the film looks a bit washed out color-wise compared to their theatrical experience. I am not sure if there is actually a difference or if their televisions are weaker with color reproduction.

Watching the film on my projector I didn’t find the colors to be very washed out looking. At times they did look like they could have been more vibrant, but they are still strong and quite rich. Blacks are inky throughout.

The level of detail is quite good throughout, although this is far from the most detailed presentation. There are some softer looking scenes, but is not an issue. The Blu-ray is a good improvement from the included DVD in every aspect as well. Overall I am very impressed by the high-def release of the film. 8.5/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless audio option included. Also included are an English DVS (Descriptive Video Service) track and Spanish and French 5.1 DTS surround sound tracks. Optional subtitles include English SDH, Spanish and French.

Prepare to be impressed by the English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track included, because it will shake and rumble in epic proportions. The story is very dialogue-driven, but features plenty of aggressive action sequences throughout.

That isn’t to say that quieter scenes are without significant surround use, because they certainly are. The sound mix is simply brilliant, and I love the many audio effects used in the film and I loved how they were mixed throughout the surround speakers as well.

The film’s music sequences are also impressive with nice clarity. The band sequences will have your room shaking with intensity, they are very fun. Overall I am not disappointed whatsoever by the quality of this mix, top notch in every aspect. 10/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc) (45.9 GB):


U-Control:
Storyboard Picture in Picture track

Feature Audio Commentary
With Director/Co-Writer Edgar Wright & Co-Writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Technical Audio Commentary
With Director/Co-Writer Edgar Wright and Director of Photography Bill Pope.

Cast Audio Commentary
With Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh.

Cast Audio Commentary
With Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber.

Deleted Scenes (27:13) (HD)
21 deleted scenes are included with optional commentary by Director/Co-Writer Edgar Wright.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Bloopers (9:42) (SD)
A heavy amount of bloopers are included, perhaps too many.

Documentaries (HD/SD)
  • Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (49:33) (HD)
  • Music Featurette (16:28)
  • You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb (2:43)
Alternative Footage (SD)
  • Alternate Edits (12:21)
  • Bits and Pieces (6:52)
Pre-Production (SD)
  • Pre-Production Footage (15:00)
  • Animatics (36:16)
  • Rehearsal Videos (9:09)
  • Props, Rigs and Sets Montage (2:43)
  • Casting Tapes (13:35)
  • Hair and Make-up Footage (10:49)
Music Promos (SD)
  • “Garbage Truck” Music Video (2:10)
  • “Black Sheep” Music Video (3:28)
  • “Threshold” Music Video (1:52)
  • “Summertime” Music Video (2:18)
  • Audio Visual Remixes by Osymyso (9:28)
Visual Effects (SD)
  • VFX Before & After (14:38)
  • Roxy Fight/Ribbon Version (1:12)
  • Phantom Montage: Hi Speed Footage (3:48)
Soundworks Collection: Sound for Film Profile (5:44) (SD)
This is a fun behind-the-scenes look with the sound editors of the film.

Trailers (SD)
  • Theatrical Trailers (5:36): Teaser Trailer, Main Trailer and International Trailer.
  • TV Spots (8:17): Eighteen TV spots are included.
  • Video Game Trailers (4:51): PSN Launch, E3 2010 – Extended Debut, SDCC 10: PSN and Zombies.
Adult Swim: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation (3:48) (SD)
This is an animated short, which was clearly produced in high-def, presented in standard-definition.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Censors: TV Safe Version (4:11) (SD)
Edited versions of certain scenes, now TV friendly.

Blogs (45:47)
  • Blog One – Introduction
  • Blog Two – First Day of Principal Photography
  • Blog Three – On Location
  • Blog Four – Casa Loma, Fighting and Fatigue
  • Blog Five – From Comic Book Panel to Screen
  • Blog Six – Fight!
  • Blog Seven – Party!
  • Blog Eight – Music!
  • Bonus Blog – Watching the Blogs
  • Blog Nine – Home Sweet Home(s)
  • Blog Ten – Clash at Demonhead
  • Bonus Blog – Frisbee
  • Blog Eleven – Battle Scars
  • Bonus Blog – Hula
  • Blog Twelve – Battle of the Bands
Galleries (Images):
  • Production Photos
  • Edgar’s Photo a Day Blog
  • Johnny Simmons’ Photos
  • Ellen Wong’s Photos
  • Mark Webber’s Photos
  • Theatrical Posters
  • Fictional Posters
  • Bryan’s Flip Charts
  • Storyboards
  • Conceptual Art Gallery
  • Graphic Novel Comparison Gallery
  • Mecha-Gideon – The Original Boss Battle
Trivia Track
An entertaining and informative trivia track which plays during the film.

What’s New! (Powered by BD-Live)
Check out the latest trailers and more from Universal Studios.

Bonus Movie (Powered by BD-Live)
Choose between ‘Pitch Black’ and ‘Tremors.’ Internet connected Blu-ray players have access to a bonus movie via BD-Live and pocket BLU. The offer expires 5/31/11 and subject to change.

Disc 2 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film
Presented in standard-definition with 5.1 lossy audio.

Digital Copy of the film
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

There are an amazing amount of bonus features included on this initial release. I am very impressed by the amount of work that went into the features, however, I do know plenty of these features could have been included in high-definition had Universal not tried to fit everything on one disc.

The additional DVD and Digital Copy of the film is fantastic, this is one film I would definitely watch on my iPad. The only reason I dock slightly is that many features could have and should have been included in high-definition. 9.5/10.

The Movie
Having had the Blu-ray release of ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ on my shelf for a couple of weeks now I finally decided to screen the film. To be honest, I didn’t see the film theatrically nor did I ever want to. It is no secret that I am not a fan of Michael Cera, who I feel basically plays himself in every film he has done.

Going into ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ I did have low expectations. The film looked interesting, but odd and of course Michael Cera wasn’t a huge selling point for me. Who could have imagined that a film I had no interest in seeing on Blu-ray would quickly become one of my favorite releases of the year?

Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim in a role which feels almost made for him. I don’t think he showed off any serious range in acting from previous work, but in this situation the material works very well for his personality and tone. The supporting cast is also diverse and fantastic; there wasn’t a character I disliked.

The film is based on the graphic novel series by Bryan O’Malley and directed by Edgar Wright. The story is the adventure of Scott Pilgrim who must defeat seven evil exes of the girl of his dreams Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) (Who I think is fantastic in any role).The film is well written, directed, edited, acted, you name it. The film is very unique in presentation, which not everyone will like initially, but will love quickly. The film’s editing and transitions are amazing and created one of the most unique and enjoyable film experiences I have had all year.

The movie is certainly a comedy with plenty of action sequences throughout. Michael Cera is surprisingly likeable as Scott Pilgrim; something feels so natural about the role and the performance which I did enjoy very much.

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ is one of the best films of the year. The movie was so unexpectedly good that I saw it several times already. The film had everything to be a box office hit, except the proper marketing, which is a shame. The film is certainly not going to appeal to everyone, but hopefully more people will do like I do and give the film a chance on high-definition Blu-ray. 9.5/10.
The Blu-news Summary
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ is one of the best films this year. The Blu-ray release is great with a respectable video presentation and dynamic audio mix. The extras included are also fantastic. If you are like me and have not seen the film before, give it a chance on Blu-ray. ‘Highly Recommended’ to all.

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