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The World’s End

by Louise Adams
Wednesday Dec 4, 2013
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Everyman Nick Frost, co-writer and star Simon Pegg, and co-writer/director Edgar Wright helm this hilariously mockalyptic "The World’s End," the third "pegg" in the British social science fiction "Cornetto Trilogy," following 2007’s Michael-Bay-in-the-UK "Hot Fuzz" and 2004’s working-class zombie romp "Shaun of the Dead."

A haggard-looking Pegg is the failed 40-something Gary Prince, who convinces his more successful mates to complete a pub crawl they abandoned when they were 19, to "get annihilated" and go to the "bitter, or lager, end." The perennial teenager gets the quintet back together in their hometown of Newton Haven to patronize pubs on the Golden Mile that read like stops on Joseph Campbell’s "Hero’s Journey": The First Post, The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The King’s Head, The Hole in the Wall, and The World’s End.

The perennial teenager gets the quintet back together in their hometown of Newton Haven to patronize pubs on the Golden Mile that read like stops on Joseph Campbell’s "Hero’s Journey."

The "five musketeers" and Dr. Ink ("drink") quote Shakespeare - "exit, pursued by bear" - and rally against the "Starbucks-ization" of the planet in this "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" reimagining.

Like alien robot "blanks," there are endless features on the Blu-ray, including storyboards in the picture, outtakes, alternate edits, trailers, a trivia track, plus feature, technical and cast commentaries. There’s also several featurettes, such as the "Making of" plus rehearsal and stunt practice footage (stout Frost is surprisingly agile). Wright and Pegg’s script also has many embedded "Signs and Omens" and "Bits and Pieces," which are outlined in the video extras as well. Enjoy this "gleefully dark, cozy catastrophe."


"The World’s End"
Combo Blu-ray and DVD
$23.99
http://www.focusfeatures.com/the_worlds_end

Louise Adams is a writer, actor, educator, yogini and nom de guerre. @MzzzAnthrope

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