DVD of the Week – Hot Fuzz (2007)
by HELEN GEIB
I was surprised to find that Hot Fuzz is getting a bare bones DVD release. It seems a natural title to release with a commentary track, deleted scenes and the other usual accoutrement of a major studio film release, and I predict a special edition in the not too distant future. Update: As predicted, there is now a packed-with-extras DVD/Blu-ray release. Hot Fuzz is built around movie references, is quirky, good-humored and clever, and is filled with quotable dialogue. In other words, it’s a movie with all the elements needed to build a devoted fanbase that will write glowing internet reviews, watch it repeatedly, recite favorite lines in everyday life and clamor for a DVD release filled with features.
Hot Fuzz was made by people who loooove Hollywood male-bonding action movies, and especially the cop-buddy variety. The movie love is so strong that I even argued on its release that it was a comic cop-buddy movie rather than a parody of one. I thought I’d follow up on that idea for this post, and revised my conclusion after a little research on the question. Wikipedia defines parody as a work that “imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at” its inspiration. On that definition, Hot Fuzz is most definitely a parody of the affectionate, fun-poking sort.
The set-up of super-charged London super-cop exiled to sleepy, bucolic countryside is amusing. The execution is accomplished. The central conceit of Hollywood male-bonding action movie cliché played out against the backdrop of clichéd ye olde England village is brilliant.