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  • Title: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Chris Evans, Brandon Rough
  • Writer: Edgar Wright, Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Director: Edgar Wright
  • Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment
  • Original Year of Release: 2010
  • Extras: See Below
  • Series: Scott Pilgrim vs The World


Dazzling Suburban Fantasy loaded with Blu-Ray Extras

By Tim Janson     November 17, 2010
Source: Mania

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A suburban fantasy or the product of an over-active imagination?  Whatever Scott Pilgrim VS. the World is, the combination graphic novel, videogame, and 70’s Kung-Fu film is a hell of a lot of fun.  The film is directed by Edgar Wright who graduates from the low budget features (Shawn of the Dead) to this $80 million dollar blockbuster.


The Movie

Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a 22 year-old slacker who is unemployed and fills his time playing in a bad garage band named “Sex Bob-Omb” and trying to cope with his girlfriend “Envy” Adams breaking up with him and hitting it big in her own band.  Scott rebounds by dating a 17 year-old high school girl. Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) which earns him the derision of his band mates, Sister (Anna Kendrick), and gay roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin).  Scott is smitten by a new girl in town, Ramona Flowers and the two soon begin a relationship even as Scott squirms to find a way to breakup with Knives.  But Ramona comes with significant baggage in the form of her “Seven Evil Exes” whom Scott must defeat in battle before the two can finally be together.

Pilgrim’s battles with the evil exes are straight out of Nintendo 8-bit lore…Coins explode when he defeats his foe and his score flashes onscreen, all the while with a classic 80’s video game soundtrack trumpeting in the background.  It makes you want to pull your old Genesis out of the attack and fire up Sonic! 

Based on the graphic novel written by Bryan Lee O’Malley for Oni press, Scott Pilgrim is stylized like a live-action comic book…Cartoon balloon sound effects and captions pop-up on screen at the appropriate times and special effects dazzle during the many slugfests.  While it threatens to overload the senses, Wright never loses focus that the film is first and foremost, a sincere romance.  If it were made in the 1980s Ramona might well have been played by Molly Ringwald but Mary Elizabeth Winstead does a fine job in the role.  Stealing every scene he’s in was Keiran Culkin as Scott’s smartass, but deeply protective gay roommate.  It’s his best role in years.

The film does fall into a repetitious routine of Scott trying to develop his relationship with Ramona, ditch Knives, and fight another baddie but Wright tosses in so many glittering touches, like Scott’s bass guitar battle with Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), that you never get bored.


Blu-ray Extras

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World has one of the finest collections of extras on any Blu-Ray released in 2010.  The Extras are worth the price of the Blu-Ray alone.

First, there’s not one but FOUR audio commentary tracks.  These give you the flavor of the film from several different perspectives:

Feature Commentary with Director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley

Technical Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope

Cast commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh

Cast commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza , Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber


Other Features include:

Scott Pilgrim VS. the Bloopers (9:30) – Funny gag reel although a little long.

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (27:00) A Whopping amount of deleted/alternate/extended scenes. These include Scott meeting Knives for the first time on a bus; an additional song played by Crash and the Boys during the battle of the bands; an extended scene from Scott and Ramona’s first night together; an alternated ending to the Bass Battle; an alternate version of the fight between Ramona and Roxy; and much more.  There’s also an alternate ending where Scott leaves with Knives instead of chasing after Ramona.

Alternative Footage (7:00)  Different from the alternate scenes, these are scenes that were edited differently.  They may have been from different camera angles or from different distances.  Sometimes edited where only one character appears in a tight shot rather than several.

Bits and Pieces (6:51) – A quick montage of outtakes. Nothing special

The Making of Scott Pilgrim VS. the World (49:33) – Fantastic making of documentary. Edgar Wright talks about first hearing about he graphic novel and how it was developed for the screen, Interviews with Bryan Lee O’ Malley, creator of the graphic novels. Wright discusses how each role was cast. Also looks at the actor’s training, stunt work, and visual effects.

Music Feraturette (16:27) – This featurette looks at the film’s music and the songs which were performed by several real bands including Broken Social Scene and Metric.

You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb (2:42) - A quick musical instruction on guitar.

Pre-Production (1:27:00) – This feature length documentary looks at the entire pre-production process. This includes the development of storyboards and animations of key scenes; test shooting with the actor’s stand-ins for several of the fight scenes; Testing of the various stunt rigs for the battle scenes; The recording session of bassists Jason Faulkner and Justin Meldal-Johnson for the Bass Battle; Storyboards of an unused story idea where Scott is attacked by Mecha-Gideon; casting auditions, and rehearsals.

Music Videos (9:30) a Collection of videos of the songs performed in the film.

VFX Before and After (14:37) a look as several key scenes before and after the visual effects were added.

Soundworks Collection (5:43) – A short featurette on the film’s sound effects.

Adult Swim Scott Pilgrim VS. the Animation (3:48) A Short, animated feature

Director’s Blogs (45:46) These are Director Edgar Wright’s video blogs. One of the very best extras on the disc. You feel like you are getting a person tour with Wright as he takes you around the sets and locations during the shoot through various stages of the production.

Galleries: Production, storyboard, marketing, and concept galleries.


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Bryzarro 11/17/2010 12:33:39 PM

 Change Crea for any other actor and this movie is an A .  Cera is the same guy in every film.  And not in the way people say Ryan Reynolds is the same.  His roles call for it.  Cera is a scrawny uncharasmatic kid.  And I totally didn't buy into him as Scott Pilgrim.  Everyone else maybe but I really just don't like this guy.

theshanesaw 11/17/2010 2:44:40 PM

 Bryzarro, just out of curiousity, did you see the movie?

decepticons2 11/17/2010 9:13:30 PM

I have seen this movie. Unless the dvd adds something amazing I wouldn't recomend this to anyone. I just don't get it.

1)He is suppose to be some sort of ladies man? I don't mind Cera, i can't picture him getting one girl let alone multiples.

2)Are the superpower fights suppose to be some allegory or they really fighting. It makes no sense. Anytime its mentioned in any sort of way it is never answered

3)None of the chracters have any redeeming qualties. In fact they all seem so shallow they don't deserve for us to cheer for them.

Those are just three problems that stand out after seeing it in the theatre. I can't imagine paying for it a second time and watching it over and over. And there is so much fanboy love for this, I just don't see it. If its for the video game refrences are we that desperate to see are childhood imortalised in film we settle for this bad movie. Woohoo it looks like a 8bit fighting game. How about an honest review about the movie as a movie and not some geek culture refrence movie.


Bryzarro 11/18/2010 6:10:31 AM


Yes i did.  And really enjoyed the movie.  My only fault in the whole movie is the Character acting of Michael Cera.  He was okay in it but he was the same guy in Superbad, and Juno, and the brief scenes I saw in Year One.

I just wish for this movie there was a bit in the change of how he presented himself.  Like Decepticons said he's supposed to be able to have at least the 2 girls fawning over him.  Sorry not buying it.  I know some girls like a loveable loser but this guy aint it.  

That being said I would buy the DVD or ask someone to get it for me for XMas.  I just wish someone else was in the lead role.

lusciousjohnnyb 11/18/2010 7:46:16 AM

I didn't care for the movie either.  I totally agree with Decepticons2.  I took several friends with me to see it thinking it would be good.  I apologized to them afterwards. 

peak37pt 11/18/2010 9:56:24 AM

 Honestly, I hear all of your points, but I thought the movie raised the bar. Every part of it was dripping with real heartfelt metaphor, and the technical making of it (scene transitions, breaking the 4th wall, etc) were bold and well done.

It definitely has its flaws (really, why did those girls want him?) but I think there is a lot that the movie did to break conventions in a successful way. Though I agree it's not for everyone, for example: My girlfriend thought the Seinfeld laugh track was "funny," and a friend of mine thought it was "just a silly gimmick." When I saw it with a group of friends the first time I saw it as an interesting commentary on the fact that Scott's situation at the moment (like situation comedy) was troubling, I mean, he was CHEATING on both of them, and thought the banter between him and his room mate was funny, it was kind of cruel. 

The movie had me understanding the message behind it when Scott defeats the first boyfriend and he bursts into coins. Scott should be proud and it should have been a wake-up call for him, but instead he picks up the coins and says "This isn't even enough for the bus ride home." 

Thought it was brilliant, though I understand the criticisms. It's not for everyone, and some of it is flawed. 

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Kaziklu 11/18/2010 3:23:47 PM

Well Knives is 17 and repressed...
and Romona only agreed to hang out with him to get him to sign for a package.

He's also apparently a decent muscian, which is like being a football player.

So the girls I understand..

in fact minus Cera's inability to deliver a line with out me wanting to smash a table over his head, I loved the movie.

kinetoscope 11/19/2010 5:55:35 AM

I totally got this movie. It was so much fun and I had never read the comic.

I have recomended if to many people.

Cera... was fine in the role. I guess I havne't watched enough of his movies not to like him.

Can't wait to see the DVD extra's.

ZurEnArrh 11/21/2010 4:03:26 PM

This movie has a veeeeeeeeeeeery specific audience, methinks. I was part of that audience. I saw it with three different sets of people of varying ages and tastes, and everyone had a different opinion.

I'm a sap so I loved the movie. I can see where it would wear on people though. I do think it was visually one of the best things to come out in a while.

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