The Cornetto Trilogy, aka the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, comes to a true close with the arrival of The World’s End on DVD and Blu-Ray. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in their third film with director Edgar Wright and what a way to go out… on top!
As shown in The World’s End trailer, Frost and Pegg play estranged friends who decades prior tried to finish a pub crawl in their small English hamlet called the Golden Mile. The 12 pub, drink-a-pint-in-each journey concludes at the World’s End. Well, they got a little too wasted and never completed it. Now in current day, the two are not exactly getting along and their group of friends (that includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug star Martin Freeman) have kind of gone their separate ways.
Pegg is completely lost in life and feels that if he had only finished the Golden Mile, he would be at a different, and better, place in his life. So, he hatches an idea to get the guys back together to head back to their hometown and finish what they started all those years ago. Of course doing the pub crawl is one thing; getting everyone on board is another.
Pegg and Frost show why they work together so much, besides being great friends, their cinematic chemistry is astounding. From Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz to even Paul, they pop off the screen and I would watch those two read a phone book. But fortunately in The World’s End, they have much more than that to work with!
And their pairing for a third time with Wright is also a blessing. The three of them have a shorthand that comes across on every frame of film. As we stated in our The World’s End review, this is one of the best films of the year and it is because it works on so many levels. It is funny, charming, endearing and above all else, thrilling! Yes, that’s right.
See when our gang heads back to their hometown, much has changed. Whereas each pub used to have its own unique flair, they all seem to be an awful lot alike. Oh, and then there’s the fact that the town is being taken over by robot aliens!
When it comes to bonus features, we have to start with the awesomeness that is the cast commentary with Pegg, Frost and Paddy Considine. Pegg and Frost’s camaraderie is evident, even simply hearing them talk about their working together. And Considine is no wallflower either! Given that it is an alien invasion movie, it’s nice that producers of the DVD and Blu-Ray gave us director Wright's commentary in a separate mode that highlights the technical aspect of the story. Sci-fi is not easily filmed… much less a comedic sci-fi film.
Given that there is much in the way of action scenes too, the Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World’s End tells you everything you could possibly want to know about the actual making of the movie from the high-tech standpoint. Between witnessing the rehearsals for the stunt sequences and the commentary of the VFX team taking us inside the movie magic, it is a must-see bonus feature on The World’s End Blu-Ray and DVD.
One of the best scenes in the film is the fight sequence in the bathroom at one of the pubs. With a couple of robots trying to do their best to kill our heroes, it had to be the biggest challenge to orchestrate an action sequence in such a small space. Stunt Tapes not only shows us how that was achieved, but also the twinbot fight and the beehive fight.
Pegg’s character Gary King is so rich -- we’re delighted that there is a bonus feature devoted solely to him! The Man Who Would Be (Gary) King takes us inside the mystery that is Pegg’s character and we get to see not only what makes him tick, but how his mindset changes once challenged with the invasion of his hometown by those killer alien robots.
And for fans of the Wright-Pegg-Frost filmmaking team, the Signs & Omens feature is a film clip montage that highlights all of the hidden clues throughout the film that only enhances the experience and further proves how uncannily smart these three are. Hopefully The World’s End is merely the end of a trilogy, and not a partnership.