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"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Scott Pilgrim is an average Torontonian who plays bass in a band called Sex Bobomb and is dating an underage chinese girl named Knives Chau.  He recently had a tough breakup with his ex and is having a hard time moving on. That is, until he has a dream about a pink-haired girl on rollerblades and soon after see's this same girl delivering packages. After some sleuthing, he discovers she works for Amazon.ca and so he orders a package hoping she would deliver it. Fortunately for Scott, she does and he begs her, Ramona Flowers, for a date.  Romana caves in and they meet for a walk. They seem to hit it off and Scott is overwhelmed with joy. However, he is too weak to break up with his current girlfriend, Knives, but goes ahead with seeing Ramona.  Scott soon finds out he has to battle, and defeat, all seven of Ramona's ex's. Each battle plays out in a video game style.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 52 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  AVC MPEG4
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Directed by Edgar Wright
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Anyone of my age who grew up in the era of 8-bit video games must see- nay, OWN this movie. It's the best "video game" movie made to date. Yes, it's even better than Super Mario Brothers starring Bob Hoskins.  There are so many nods to classic video games, like Zelda, and Street Fighter, that I can't wait to watch it again to find even more goodies.  The style may not be for everyone, as its quite comical and in-your-face, but I found it worked quite well for this movie. When watching a movie by Edgar Wright, I often wonder if he has ADD, since his movies can move very quickly from one thing to another.

Technical

I have read a couple reviews of this Blu-ray indicating less than stellar video quality, and I honestly have no clue what they are seeing! The video quality is absolutely top notch with a very natural, sharp, and detailed feel.  The audio track is also superb and warrants cranking the volume up as loud as your system will go.

Extras

Four commentaries, Deleted Scenes, Several Documentaries, Alternate Footage, and U Control PiP storyboards. This Blu-ray is jam packed with goodies.