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Edgar Wright’s cult smash of ’07 has finally hit the shelves and if you haven’t already seen this dynamite piece of Brit comedy, I suggest you hurry your ass down to your local DVD store and rent or buy it- pronto. Oh- and while you’re down there, rent Wright’s Shaun of the Dead as well and watch them back-to-back, I guarantee it will be the funniest double-feature you will ever see.

Basically, Hot Fuzz is an action movie on a sugar-high. The film is a hilarious homage to the classic action movies and cop flicks we all know, while at the same time fashioning its own brand of humor and action. The film begins with Officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), an overachieving cop who is transferred from his post in London to the small country town of Sandford because he is so efficient at his job that he makes those officers around him look bad. On his first night in town, Angel encounters the drunken Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) in the pub who turns out to be his new partner. The paring of hard-ass big city Angel and oafish action movie-loving Butterman set to work solving numerous petty crimes around town, the most pressing of which being the disappearance of a local swan. However the seemingly quiet town soon gets shaken from its slumber as several murders take place. Angel struggles to convince the rest of the fuzz that there is something sinister going on, as they all believe these deaths are nothing more than a series of unfortunate accidents.

Shot in an energetic fast-paced style and with plenty of witty dialogue to go around, Hot Fuzz is a superb follow up to Shaun of the Dead from writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. The film features a truckload of references to other films (as the feature commentaries explain), and both embraces and mocks the typical clich©d action movie themes. When you delve into the extra goodies of the DVD you can see how much fun these guys must have had making this film. The outtakes reel is one of the best I’ve seen, it is lengthy and incredibly entertaining- Pegg and Frost are just naturally funny men and watching them screw up their lines had me in hysterics. Equally entertaining and also highly informative is the commentary by writers Pegg and Wright, which is one of four feature commentaries on the disc. I’m not normally a fan of the commentaries on DVDs but this one I found to be well worth the watch. They also poke a bit of fun at television censorship by including a short reel of segments from the ‘clean’ version of the film where certain four letter words have been replaced with “silt” and “funk”, and my personal favorite, “motherhugger”. There are numerous other short features included, from the obvious trailers to another of Frost’s cartoon flick-books.

Overall, Hot Fuzz is a solid DVD package. There are plenty of laughs in the film itself and the extras, as well as a whole lot of action to back it up. It is the type of film which is definitely suited for multiple viewings and you will not get sick of it easily – it’s well worth the price.

Grade: A-

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