Blu-Ray Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Michael Cera haters got a smack down this summer. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is as if all of Cera’s work up until this point has been preparation for this one uber-role. Michaela Cera is best at playing Michael Cera, but equip him with an awesome screenplay and super powers and you get Michael Cera on steroids. Thank Edgar Wright for that, the skillful director behind Hot Fuzz and some little movie called Shaun of the Dead. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World could be the pinnacle of Cera’s career. It’s also one of the best movies of the year.
Unfortunately, no one saw it. Well, cool people saw it, but there aren’t that many cool people in the world anymore. Scott Pilgrim was more or less a box office flop, but movies can’t become cult classics if they’re blockbuster hits. With its debut on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, November 9, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World begins its upward trajectory toward greatness.
Thankfully, the Blu-Ray is just as awesome as the movie itself, packed with tons of informative bonus features. Cue analysis of bonus features:
- Deleted and alternate scenes. Remember the days when it was actually fun to watch deleted scenes? Yeah, like 10 years ago when the novelty hadn’t worn off yet and the studios weren’t including just any piece of crap found on the cutting room floor. The Scott Pilgrim deleted scenes are actually worthwhile and at times funny, which is refreshing. An alternate ending buried within also make them worth it.
- Scott Pilgrim bloopers. As one can imagine, there were a lot of mistakes and goofy moments that happened off camera. These aren’t the best bloopers I’ve seen, but bloopers are bloopers.
- Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Split into two chapters solely due to length, this informative documentary takes an in-depth look at every aspect of the movie. This is one of the better making-of documentaries I’ve seen recently.
- Music featurette. Scott Pilgrim relies heavily on its soundtrack for inspiration. This documentary looks at the music that went into the film. Interestingly, many of the songs are taken from the comic book creator’s playlists.
- Pre-production featurettes. This random spattering of special features, which cumulatively adds up to a whole bunch of stuff, contains stoyrboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes and more.
- Visual effects. One of the shorter features on the disc, this featurette takes a second look at the movie’s visual effects (duh) by dissecting specific scenes into what’s real, what was added later and everything else. Very interesting.
There are several more bonus features not mentioned here, including those available through BD-Live. The Blu-Ray combo pack also includes a DVD version of the movie, which includes some of the Blu-Ray bonus features and four feature commentaries.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is an excellent movie and its complementary Blu-Ray features make it a must-own package. Absolutely recommended.