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Hot Fuzz (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

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It Has Action Flicks "Pegg-ed"

  • Sep 12, 2007
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The creative forces behind the comedic take on zombie flicks, "Shaun of the Dead," give us their interpretation of "every action movie ever made" with "Hot Fuzz." Fans of "Dead" will immediately notice headliner Simon Pegg as Nicholas Angel, a London policeman who's excellence in service forces his superiors to ship him to a small country town in order to protect their own reputations. "Dead" fans will also recognize his bumbling sidekick played by Nick Frost. The duo quickly find plenty of trouble in their normally quiet town. A large number of "accidents" occur that peak the interest of supercop Angel. As the body count grows, Angel's list of suspects gets even larger. Who's causing the accidents? What action film isn't referenced? It's all here in this superb comedy.

Edgar Wright's hard-cutting, musically driven direction style is all over this film. Once again, fans of "Dead" will pick up on all of Wright's nuances as the story rolls along. The action is fast, loud, and over-the-top. It's also pretty gruesome and hilarious at the same time. Pegg is dead on as Angel. Despite his small stature you honestly believe that he's the ultimate police officer. Frost is perfect as the local idiot who only has a job because his dad's the chief inspector. The rest of the cast reads like a who's who of British film. Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and Billie Whitelaw are just a few of the actors you'll find (some with large roles and others with just a blink of the eye's screen time). Each and every person in this film hams it up perfectly and appears to have had fun with the film.

The action sequences are all pretty convincing. Even the scenes that involve sweet old ladies packing automatic heat on a bicycle come off superbly.

The DVD is nice. The extras are pretty decent, especially the Fuzz-O-Meter and "The Man Who Would Be Fuzz." Overall, though, I'd buy this disc for the movie and not the extras.

If you enjoy spoofs (but not silly ones like "Epic Movie"), check out "Hot Fuzz." It's a lot smarter and funnier than you'd expect from a spoof. If you're a fan of "Shaun of the Dead," consider this film already a part of your library. It's only a matter of time before you buy it. Highly recommended.

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review by . June 05, 2013
   Simon Pegg plays a London police officer who is too good at his job. After making the other London police officers look bad, his boss decides to send him to a small town in the country side, where he joins the local police force. However, after some mysterious 'accidents' he find that his new life won't be as boring as he thought.      Full of action and gore, this comedy is definitely one for the horror/mystery fans out there. To get the most out of …
review by . April 11, 2012
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review by . May 24, 2008
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review by . March 04, 2008
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Officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is London's top police officer. He's the best at everything he does and in just a few years on the force has achieved more than the rest of the department put together. He's an excellent officer, but is so good that he's making everyone around him look bad. He's given a promotion that virtually exiles him to the sleepy, dreamy village of Sandford. He's assigned Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) as his partner, a junior officer and son of the local police chief, Frank …
review by . March 08, 2008
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British comedies remain an ilk of their own - smart, sassy, full of quips rendered so quickly that many are lost in the ether that propels the plot, and characters who often are such finely-honed parodies that they make us laugh at ourselves. HOT FUZZ is a fine example and it is a film brimming with a cast of some of England's finest talent who seem to be having as much fun as the viewing audience.    Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is one of London's finest new policemen, expecting …
review by . September 25, 2007
I couldn't help but to laugh throughout this film. The beginning of Hot Fuzz presents us with a cop called Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) who has the best arrest record in his station (400% better to be exact). But while in America this would be a cause for admiration and pats on the back, here it's bad form. He's making everyone else look bad. So therefore he's sent to the country, to a place that has no crime and a place that has won the village of the year competition. Which he later found himself …
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InShaun of the Dead, it was the zombie movie and the anomie of modern life. InHot Fuzz, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg set their sights on the buddy cop blockbuster and the eccentric English village. The two worlds collide when overachieving London officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is promoted to sergeant. The catch is that he's being transferred to Agatha Christie country. His superiors (the comic trifecta of Martin Campbell, Steve Coogan, and Bill Nighy) explain that he's making the rest of the force look bad. On the surface, Sandford is a sleepy little burg where the most egregious crimes, like loitering, are committed by hoody-sporting schoolboys. In truth, it's a hotbed ofWillow Man-style evil. Upon his arrival, Chief Butterman (Jim Broadbent) partners Angel with his daft son, Danny (Nick Frost, Pegg'sShaunco-star), who aspires to kick criminal "arse" like the slick duo inBad Boys II. When random citizens start turning up dead, he gets his chance. With the worshipful Danny at his side, Angel shows his cake-eating colleagues how things are done in the big city. As inShaun, their previous picture, Wright and Pegg hit their targets more often than not. With the success of that debut comes a bigger budget for car chases, shoot-outs, and fiery explosions. ThoughHot Fuzzearns its R-rating with salty language and grisly deaths, the tone is more good-natured than mean-spirited. A wall-to-wall soundtrack of boisterous British favorites, like the Kinks, T-Rex, ...
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DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios

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