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July 31, 2007

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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.

Original Commentary Track review of Hot Fuzz by Rishi Agrawal.

Other new releases: 300, Firehouse Dog, Lonely Hearts, Pathfinder, Starter for Ten


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  1. Miriam
    Aug 3 2007

    This movie also shows the value of great casting with even the tiniest parts filled by excellent actors. The gags and dialogue are funny but it’s the delivery that brings the laughs. And I’m always happy to see Timothy Dalton use his considerable comic talents (anyone remember The Rocketeer?).

  2. Helen
    Nov 27 2007

    My prediction is fulfilled today with a special edition 3 disc release. I don’t know what’s on there, but at 3 discs there must be a lot of features.

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