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HTF REVIEW - Hot Fuzz - Highly Recommended



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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted July 30 2007 - 12:34 PM

this was abloody god time.
maybe even wicker man as a reference.
cover art was definetely on purpose. Posted Image

but it was 30 minutes too long.
2 hrs was too much
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#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted July 30 2007 - 01:11 PM

Good review.....I'm actually looking forward to this one. Already have someone picking up the Wal-Mart version with the bonus disc for me on release date. Posted Image
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Posted July 30 2007 - 04:58 PM

Just got in from trying to pick up the Walmart exclusive disc at Midnight. After wading through the folks anxious for "300", I found that they only had the exclusive pack in full screen (at least at my store). If anybody finds the 2-disc pack at WM in widescreen, please report. I am hoping they'll get it up on their website for sale soon, but as of now there is no listing for it there.

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Posted July 30 2007 - 05:14 PM

Nice review, man. However...I am incredibly angry with Universal for the way they are handling this release. Their previous swipe against the US fans of Edgar Wright was with the Shaun of the Dead DVD, which was lacking two of the commentaries that were available on the R2 version. The extras on Hot Fuzz in R2 are very extensive, as it has been released as a 2 disc special edition there. The R1 release is noticeably lacking half of those extras. But all the R2 extras ARE on the HD-DVD R1 version. This is quite obviously Universals attempt to shove HD-DVD down our throats. This is especially infuriating to me, a struggling actor who watches his DVDs on his Apple Powerbook and thus can't commit to a HD player in the format war yet. Plus, the format war isn't over yet! Why Universal couldn't simply release a 2 disc set of this film (that made a lot of money over here, by the way) is beyond me, besides the obvious greedy corporation explanation. I was very much looking forward to picking this up tomorrow...now I may not buy it at all, which really makes me mad. Thanks for nothing, Universal.
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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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Posted July 31 2007 - 02:09 AM

I must admit that I was unaware of the additional features on the HD DVD when I watched and reviewed this disc. I've looked over a full list of the other features, which include three additional commentaries, a making-of featurette, three shorter featurettes, some video blogs, and a few other things. The other commentaries would have been nice to include, but I don't feel that slighted here. I agree this could have been a 2-disc release (and may yet be one - we may still see this stuff come out in another few months).

As someone who had not seen this film or Shaun of the Dead before reviewing this disc, I was well pleased with the amount of material included on a single disc release. I don't mind the HD versions including more material, particularly given the additional memory available in HD DVD and Blu-ray. For example, the hi-def discs of Hustle & Flow include some great stuff that can't be found on the standard version.

It sounds like the Walmart bonus disc adds more of the R2 features back on, but you still will not be hearing the additional commentaries.

I still say this is a great DVD to pick up. I enjoyed the film and there's a lot of additional material included here.

I agree about the Wicker Man references. I also realized that there is also a little bit of similarity to the Scream movies in the scare sequences. I should also have noted the presence of some really great actors in supporting roles, including Paul Freeman and Edward Woodward, who not only was in Wicker Man but also starred in The Equalizer back in the 80's. And how could I not mention great Billie Whitelaw, whose presence not only references Wicker Man but also The Omen?

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Posted July 31 2007 - 03:31 AM

Universal has done plenty of double-dip 2-disc editions before, even when the initial 1-disc release had a decent amount of extras. So I might end up holding off on buying this one, even though I really enjoyed the movie and definitely want to see those extras.

#8 of 18 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted July 31 2007 - 03:38 AM

While I sucks that the R1 version doesn't have all the existing extras, I don't agree that Hot Fuzz made a lot of money "over here" - assuming that "over here" means the US. It pulled in $23 million, which is really quite a low total. It'll do better on DVD as a cult item, but as a US theatrical release, it flopped...
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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted July 31 2007 - 08:57 AM

I found the 2-disc pack in WS at WalMart this morning. Most of them were FS, and I had to look behind a bunch to finally find the WS.

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Posted July 31 2007 - 09:09 AM

My Wal-Mart only had one copy of the 2 pack left when I got there around noon. And it was fullscreen! I came back a few hours later to see if they got their act together, but they didn't have anymore and they had sold out of all of their widescreen single disc copies. They only had 2 fullscreen discs left.
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Posted August 01 2007 - 05:05 PM

I bought the 2 pack with the widescreen version of the movie today, my Wal-Mart had at least 10 copies of the widescreen 2 pack on the shelf on the side of the display that I looked at. Great movie and review, I saw it on a whim and was really surprised on how much I loved it, best movie this year after the Simpsons Movie.

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Posted August 01 2007 - 05:13 PM

I'd like to point out that, as an Australian member of HTF (born in the UK), I continually see special editions that are exclusive to the US. Often among the DVD community (not necessarily here at HTF), it is rationalized as being "well, it's an American film!". I do find it funny (odd, not ha-ha) to note that when something gets a slimmed down US release, compared to the UK (and AU multi-vendor-exclusive 2 disc), the howling of "we've been screwed!" comes out. It's worth noting that it's a UK film, and as such, probably has a market stronger in the UK than in the US. I don't see Spaced as having been a cult hit in your country...

Oh, and I too am frustrated with releases having HD exclusive features, but it was the same when laserdisc and DVD releases were released together for a while, if I remember rightly.

Not saying it's wrong, but considering the limited amount of times that the US DVD buying public is shafted, perhaps taking a look at things globally before having a whine is a pertinent suggestion...

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Posted August 02 2007 - 05:31 AM

Kevin EK said in his review: "Be careful with the volume on this one – on several occasions I turned up the volume to hear what someone was quietly saying, only to get blasted by the next blast of the bass." I think the center channel level was too low and it was evident a few times in the transition from front left/right to center. The end "thank you" credits mentioned Quentin Tarantino. I wonder if it was just an homage or if he actually contributed to the movie in some way.

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Posted August 02 2007 - 05:40 AM

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The plot of the movie is not as far-fetched as you might imagine. There have been extreme rivalries and cases of sabotage in all kinds of British "Best Village" type of competitions. Not usually as much bloodshed, of course!

#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Ray H

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Posted August 02 2007 - 06:53 AM

I think it was probably more along the lines of friendly support. Wright and Tarantino are friendly enough that Wright contributed a trailer to "Grindhouse".
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Posted August 03 2007 - 04:03 PM

Great review. I watched my copy last night and laughed as much as I did in the theatre, not too many movies hold up that well. The picture quality was great, won't get around to the extras for some time but look forward to watching them.

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Posted August 03 2007 - 05:26 PM

I'm surprised Universal didn't release a fuller SE of Shaun of the Dead to coincide with the theatrical release of Hot Fuzz.
 

#18 of 18 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted August 03 2007 - 06:14 PM

This is probably one that'll benefit from additional viewings - I think it'll reveal many unseen gags if you watch it again. I've not, but that's my guess...
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