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Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2009

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"Hot Fuzz" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

Hot FuzzSynopsis

An all too serious London cop gets transfered to a small country town where things seem too good to be true.  After a serious of "accidents" Policeman Officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) gets suspicious. He's partnered with a chubby, slow-witted fan of action movies Danny Butterman (Nick Frost).  Of course like any buddy-cop movie, they are oil and vinegar, fire and ice, yet they come together in the end.

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2007, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 1 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent
  • Directed by Edgar Wright
    Rating
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  • Violence: Gun Violence
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This is my second time watching Hot Fuzz. My initial thoughts were mixed. I loved Shaun of the Dead, but Hot Fuzz didn't seem as tightly written.  That's how I felt after my first watch. However, watching this bluray edition I can say that I really enjoy Hot Fuzz. Maybe it was the mood I was in when I saw it first? I'm really not sure.  Simon Pegg is great in it and so is the rest of the cast - Timothy Dalton, Nick Frost, and Jim Broadbent. Hot Fuzz is an excellent movie that only gets better with multiple viewings. The A/V on this Blu-Ray disc are top notch, as are the supplements. Highly Recommended!

Technical

Outstanding transfer, great depth to the image, provided by terrific contrast and colors.  There is film grain present in some shots, but its the good kind of film grain and its handled properly. No compression artifacts, edge enhancement, or digital noise reduction here. Pristine transfer, well done Universal!

This movie has the most constant use of bass I think I have ever heard. Sometimes it can be a bit too much and I found myself having to adjust the volume several times.  It's a fun soundtrack with some wonderful uses of the surround channels.  I'm sure they were going for a very "in your face" audio mix and well, they certainly nailed it!

Extras

Hot Fuzz Ultimate Edition is exactly that. Ultimate! It contains more stuff than you will probably ever watch or listen to.  The commentary tracks are great and worth the time, especially since there are FIVE of them: 1- Actor and Co-writer Simon Pegg & Director and Co-writer Edgar Wright. 2- The Sandford Police Service: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Rage Spall, Kevin Eldon & Olivia Colman. 3- The Sandford Village People: Kenneth Cranham, Timothy Dalton, Paul Freeman & Edward Woodward. 4-  Edgar Wright & Quentin Tarantino. 5- The Real Fuzz: Andy Leafe & Nick Eckland, We Made Hot Fuzz, Behind-the-Scenes, Special Effects: Before & After, Inadmissible Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Plot Holes, Speculative Video Blogs,  The Fuzzball Rally: Uncut, Dead Right: Edgar's First Cop Movie, U-Control: Fuzz-O-Meter & Storyboards