By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World wowed me when I saw it in theaters. The film did everything I thought it would and then did more. Then when the film's opening numbers came back being far from stellar, I grabbed some friends and saw the film again; just to be sure I wasn't too caught up in the film's energy the first time. On second viewing I was happily wowed again and relieved to see that all those who accompanied me to the theater were highly entertained as well. The film is so unique, so humorous, and energetic that I immediately knew Scott Pilgrim was a movie worth begging for on Blu-Ray; and beg I did...
On Blu-Ray: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I picked up the usual Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack that comes with the Blu-Ray and DVD -- duh -- and, of course, the digital copy that is download only. I popped the Blu-Ray disc on my always-impressive Panasonic Plasma 55" and let the eyegasm begin. And an eyegasm this film surely is. Sure, I've seen brighter colors from Pixar films and maybe a couple other live action movies, but the video encoding looks spot on. One trick I caught here but not in theater was how often Edgar Wright decides to dim the background lgiht, or remove the entire background, during some moments of dialogue. I great effect that I was truly able to appreciate for my third viewing.
In terms of sound quality, I truly wish I had a 7 channel sound system hooked up and amped out to the max. While it's no secret that flat panels -- especially mine -- typically suffer when it comes to putting out great audio, Scott Pilgrim felt it the worst. Now, this is a great thing for the Blu-Ray and a bad thing for my TV. The sound coming from the movie has been amped up so much that, for a moment, I thought the film blew the speakers on my TV. Yes, just like a wild guitarist playing live and raw with an oversized stage amp, the film throws gritty sounds and sound effects out at rapid fire. My TV seems to have barely survived it.
So, if you are planning on buying Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Blu-Ray -- and you should -- this might also be the time to buy that sound system you've been looking at. You'll thank me.
Finally, if you are a fan of DVD bonuses and extras, director Edgar Wright had promised us that the combo pack will have hours to offer in terms of video supplements. Did he follow through on his promise? Well, when I first opened the case and saw only one Blu-Ray disc, I thought not. But boy was I wrong. The Combo Set comes packaged with a crapload of deleted scenes, about four hours of featurettes, and four different commentaries. It's insane, and sure to keep you busy long after you watched the film.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World quickly become one of my favorite movies of the year this summer and is now one of my top Blu-Ray's to own this winter. Buy it and enjoy.