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Hot Fuzz - comedy DVD review
HOT FUZZ rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton
Director: Edgar Wright   Studio: Universal Studios
DVD release: 31 July 2007   Runtime: 121 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (English, French, AC-3 Surround Sound), Subtitles, Dubbed, Outtakes, Deleted scenes with filmmaker commentary, "The Man Who Would Be Fuzz," Fuzz-O-Meter (trivia meter), The Fuzzball Rally U.S. tour piece, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's nationwide press tour

Simon Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a tough-as-nails London cop whose arrest record puts all others in the department to shame. As a result, his department conspires to get Nicholas transferred to the sleepy village of Sandford. Angel goes against his wishes and tries to slow down. He has traded hostage situations and explosions for underage drinking offenses and a runaway swan. He's partnered with Police Constable Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), whom he arrests upon arriving for an alcohol-related offense. Before long, Angel starts to suspect that some accidental deaths around town are actually murders. His superior, Inspector Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent), is quick to brush him off, suspecting that Angel's just got to get used to the pace of life in a small village.

As you can guess, the things Angel sees do turn out to be true, and he must spring into action to bring to justice to Sanford. The final act of the film is full of the usual action-movie explosions and jumping around shooting that real cops never do. In other words, a ton of fun. We've seen it all before, and it's fun to see it lampooned.

Hot Fuzz sports an all-star cast which includes Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Timothy Dalton and Stephen Merchant, along with uncredited appearances by Cate Blanchett, and Peter Jackson. If you liked Shaun of the Dead or British comedies at all, you'll love Hot Fuzz. It's full of good laughs, a good mystery, a couple of sentimental moments, and gunplay. Tons of gunplay. What's not to like?
reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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