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« on: August 18, 2010, 02:56:58 PM »

Part of what makes this film so amazing is the well-thought-out soundtrack. Most of the reviews pass over this aspect without commenting, but I found an excellent assessment at amazon (if your name is Groggy you can stop reading):

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The soundtracks to movies adapted from comic books are often marketing free-for-alls; promoting bands takes precedence over choosing songs that make sense for the film. However, nothing could be further from the truth for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's music. Since so much of the comic revolves around the bands that the characters play in, the film was already somewhat protected from having a bunch of random songs crammed into its soundtrack, but the film's creative team ensured that the music was done right. Director Edgar Wright's other films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, etc.) boast soundtracks that brim with personality onscreen and play more like mixtapes than albums in their own right; that feeling continues here with picks like Beachwood Sparks' "By Your Side," T. Rex's "Teenage Dream," and Frank Black's "I Heard Ramona Sing." The musicians who bring the comic's bands to life are just as cleverly chosen. Beck revisited his slacker-punk roots with the songs he wrote for Scott's band Sex Bob-Omb; though they're performed by Michael Cera and the other actors in the film, "Threshold," "Summertime," and "Garbage Truck" still have Beck's gloriously messy early-`90s vibe to them. Later, he contributes "Ramona," a dreamy ballad that sounds more like his 2000s work. Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene are Crash and the Boys, the rival band whose "I'm So Sad, So Very Very Sad" lasts a whopping five seconds. Every part of the soundtrack shows how much care went into it, from choosing artists like Broken Social Scene and Metric to nod to the story's Canadian setting, to the 8-bit version of "Threshold" that reflects Pilgrim's immersion in video games. The sweetest detail may be the song that started it all: "Scott Pilgrim," by the Canadian all-female band Plumtree from their 1997 album Predicts the Future, holds within it all the breathless true love and crunchy guitar goodness that sparked the comic. Somehow, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's music remains true not just to the comic, but to the work of everyone involved in the story at every stage, with plenty of fun and heart to boot.

The soundtrack, though integral to the film, is not the whole story of course. The film's sound design also includes numerous samples from video games, and there is a sequence where Seinfeld audio cues are used for laughs (and "laughs"). And the film opens with a great gag: the Universal logo is rendered in a highly-pixelated form while an 8-bit version of the Universal theme plays.

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 04:29:33 PM »

Chris Evans IS Lucas Lee: http://www.collider.com/2010/08/06/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world-movie-posters-fake-lucas-lee-chris-evans/

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010, 05:57:59 PM »

Matthew Patel's fight scene with Scott is one of the standout moments in the movie for me, especially as an introduction to the world's "physics". What's not to love about a bollywood structured dance fighting scene with demon hipster chicks? Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2010, 03:44:38 PM »

Agreed. Hey, I just realized that that song isn't on the soundtrack album. WTF?

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2010, 08:14:35 AM »

thedigitalbits has forwarded the press announcement for the DVD/Blu-ray:
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Universal has just officially announced the Blu-ray/DVD Combo and stand-alone DVD release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World  on 11/9! Both versions will include a whopping 4 commentary tracks (one with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and author Bryan Lee O'Malley, one with Wright and director of photography Bill Pope, one with cast members Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh and one with cast members Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber), multiple image galleries (of behind-the-scenes photos, production art and marketing concepts), deleted and alternate scenes with commentary by director Edgar Wright, the Scott Pilgrim vs. The Bloopers  gag reel and a trivia track. To all that, the Blu-ray will exclusively add a U-Control PiP viewing mode featuring storyboards, 3 Insider documentaries (The Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Music and You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb), alternate footage, 4 additional interactive/multi-part documentary featurettes (Pre-Production, The Music of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Visual Effects and Sound Work), Adult Swim's Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation special, the Scott Pilgrim vs. The Censors  "TV safe" version, behind-the-scenes production blogs, trailers and TV spots, a Digital Copy and all of the other regular Universal BD-Live/BD-Java interactive options.
Cover art is here: http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.co.uk/content/id/73099/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world-r1us-bd-in-november.html

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011, 10:18:19 PM »

Glad to hear it has become a cult following for the hipster crowd but I wouldn't watch it if you payed me.

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 06:48:10 AM »

I was on one of the best websites ever, ArtOfTheTitle.com, which references .mov of so many amazing title sequences with some cool insights (at worst, an article, at best, a great interview of the creators), and I saw this:

http://www.artofthetitle.com/2011/01/03/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world/

It definitly sold me the movie. I'll see it on saterday.

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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 08:35:07 AM »

Cool find.  Afro

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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2011, 06:14:18 AM »

Seen it yesterday! It's hard to rate this movie, so let's summerize my imrpessions in two sentences:
1) It's a flawed masterpiece of comedy
2) The storyline would have changed a little bit (the 7 fights thing is much much repetitive), they'd have had the "the big lebowski" of the decade.

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2011, 07:41:00 AM »

Glad to hear it has become a cult following for the hipster crowd but I wouldn't watch it if you payed me.
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I absolutely hated this. More than most movies. I don't think I've ever seen a movie try so hard to be funny and creative, but for me it was just damn stupid. I won't bother fighting it, though, since I seem to be the only person in the universe who doesn't love it.

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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2011, 10:41:41 AM »

You and the box office.

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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2011, 08:13:23 AM »

What? How could I miss Scott Pilgrim (and Ramona Flowers) in the theatres?
This film is like wow, even if it gets a bit repetitive in the 2nd half. But it is that kind of movie you immediately want to watch again to get all this mega-cool stuff which the film is filled with abundantly. All these nice and beautiful little touches, and the endless use of what?, and the sometimes sad face of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, which I already had enjoyed in Death Proof and Die Hard 4 (best thing in this one). The possible cult film for the video game generation (but it flopped).

Which I then totally did today (re-watching it). 9/10

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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2011, 01:14:33 PM »

This film is like wow, even if it gets a bit repetitive in the 2nd half.
I've seen this comment a couple times and I don't get it. Yeah, the basic situation is repeated (which is, after all, based on games, which, by their very nature, are repetitive), but the gags are fresh each time. I mean, I wouldn't be laughing all through the film if they kept repeating the same jokes. But I do, because they didn't.

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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2011, 02:01:47 PM »

Maybe there were one or two evil ex-lovers battles too much?

I also enjoyed the second half very much, still I felt that there should be something else to make it perfect. Maybe digging a bit deeper into the characters instead of more super-hero parodies.

Tricky to say, it was what I felt.

Still I had so much fun with Scott and his amigos that I (for the most parts) re-watched it a 3rd time since. Cause it is totally damn beautiful.

Ohh and ... what?


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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2011, 07:20:18 AM »

Maybe there were one or two evil ex-lovers battles too much?
But which would you delete? I liked them all, and I enjoyed seeing how much variety could be had out of a simple concept. It would be like complaining about all the songs in Singin' In The Rain ("Maybe they could have dropped a few numbers?")

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