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HOT FUZZ
DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 121 minutes, audio commentary, outtakes, deleted scenes, 2 featurettes, trailers, and more

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English, French 5.1 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO: Rogue Pictures/ Studiocanal/ Working Title/ Big Talk Productions
RELEASE DATE: 7-31-2007

I love HOT FUZZ. It is the type of movie where you will have to see it more than once to asorb the details. Simon Pegg came to my attention first with SHAUN OF THE DEAD (which gets better as it goes on). He and director Edgar Wright are back with another script where they tackle the cop and action genre in one film. You have super cop Nicholas Angel (Pegg) who gets forced to transfer to small village because he is making the London police force look bad (because he is so good at his job). The village life seems nice and quiet until Angel and his bumbling partner (Nick Frost)- an action/ cop movie junkie- investigate a series of accidents that might just be murders.

HOT FUZZ attack all of the action movie cliches and the absurd things that happen in them like the cop who lives for the job and the over-the-top action. Cultural references, in-jokes, and refs to SHAUN OF THE DEAD are in this film. Also watch out for the cameos. A fantastic cast make this fun even more fun like Edward Woodward (I wish THE EQUALIZER would get released to DVD) and Timothy Dalton (as a supermarket manager). I also can't get the word Yarp out of my head. I just wish they weren't so in love with POINT BREAK and BAD BOYS 2 to make fun of them. Definitely I would love to see a HOT FUZZ 2.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The 10 minute sof outtakes are a hoot while Pegg and Frost play Michael Caine and Sean Connery for an outtake known as THE MAN WHO WOULD BE FUZZ. The 22 deleted scenes (with optional commentary by director Edgar Wright) have soem gems including the lost hoodie subplot.

The audio commentary for the film is by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. If you loved the audio commentary for SHAUN OF THE DEAD by Wright and Pegg, you'll love this one too.

A few fun extras are on the DVD like THE FUZZBALL RALLY (as Simon, Nick, and the director tour the USA), HOT FUNK (censored scenes for TV use), DANNY'S NOTEBOOK, and the trailers (theatrical trailer, two UK TV spots, the director's cut spot) Due to limited time with the DVD, I didn't get much use out of the storyboard or Fuzz-O-Meter (Trivia) tracks.

FINAL ANALYSIS: HOT FUZZ is a great comedy follow up to SHAUN OF THE DEAD. The DVD has plenty of great extras like the SHAUN OF THE DEAD disc.


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SHAUN OF THE DEAD: http://enterline2.tripod.com/shaunofthedead.html


this DVD Review is (c)8-2-2007 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com