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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Blu-ray Review)

2 Nov, 2010 By: John Latchem

Street 11/9/10
Action Comedy
Box Office $31.5 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.
Stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Ellen Wong, Alison Pill, Kieran Culkin.

Of all the words that could be used to describe the films of director Edgar Wright, “conventional” certainly isn’t one of them. His latest film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, refuses to be defined as it writes its own rules. Elements of action, romance and comedy are blended together in a hyperactive metaphor for relationship baggage, presented as a glossy live-action manga operating under video game logic.

On its surface, the plot is simple enough. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) wants to date Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but to win her heart he must defeat her seven evil exes (not necessarily ex-boyfriends) in armed combat. Scott himself is stalked by his ex-girlfriend Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), a groupie following Pilgrim’s band the Sex Bob-ombs.

Based on the comic book series created by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the film is sometimes psychedelic and often a lot of fun as it tries to leap from the screen with wild and inventive visuals.

Apparently the film was so fun to make that it inspired no fewer than four commentaries. Two offer cast members discussing good times on the set. The other two are more technical, as Wright joins crew members in discussing the making of the film.

The DVD also includes an informative trivia track, a blooper reel and a plethora of deleted scenes, including an alternate ending. The Blu-ray adds to this array a few featurettes and the prequel Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation, which aired on Adult Swim.

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