‘This Is The End’ follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
Presented in 1080p 2.40:1, the overall presentation is great. The film is a darker dimly lit film as a whole with very little day time scenery so because of this, there aren’t many prominent and striking colours. However, the black levels on the video are good, but did show some signs of noise but still retaining the detail. The colours that we do get on screen such as the bright blue white lights from the sky, or the fierce orange from raging fires do tend to add the vividness that’s sometimes missing from the colours due to the darker nature of the film. The definition of the video is, as you would come to expect from a brand new title, superb, with definition on the actor’s faces and clothing being the stand out parts for me showcasing the high definition.
Due to the less brighter/day time scenes, the video doesn’t look as good as it should, but overall it’s a very good video presentation.
The film boasts a meaty DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that is brilliant. All speakers receive a great workout from the many happenings within the film; a lot goes on which gives all speakers including your sub, to be put to full effect. The ambience is great and realistic, with most noticeably for me being nearer the beginning of the film with the airport sequence. The rear speakers pick up the background noise to a level that makes you feel like you’re there in the airport with Seth and Jay. Once the ‘Apocalypse’ hits in the film, all speakers are in constant use. Background noises from the outside chaos fill the rear speakers with the centre carrying dialogue, and the front speakers carry across everything else that’s happening around the film. The sub kicks in every now and again with the explosions coming from outside, with the whole track really encompassing you further into the film. Dialogue comes across naturally with great clarity, and this is maintained throughout the whole film with a great balance between the soundtrack of the movie and the dialogue was never overpowered during the movie.
The DTS-HD Master Audio track is great, it really brings you into the film making you feel like you’re there living the terror…..and comedy with the guys at the same time.
Also included on the disc are a DTS-HD Master Audio .1 Italian track and an Dolby Digital 5.1 English descriptive track as well as English, English HOH, Hindi, Italian and Polish subtitles.
The UK edition of ‘This Is The End’ seems identical to the already available US edition, coming packed to the brim with extras. (Please note that some titles may contain expletive language and potential spoilers from the movie)
* Audio Commentary with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg
* ‘Directing Your Friends’ (HD, 7 mins) – A brief interview with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg about how it was working with and directing their friends to make the movie
* ‘This Is The Marketing’ (HD, 16 mins) – A collection of funny shorts that were made to promote the movie
* Gag Reel (HD, 6 mins)
* Deleted Scenes (HD, 16 mins) Cocaine with Michael Cera, The Guys Talk About Kicking Danny Out, Being Green, Eulogies for the Dead: Live Together, Die Alone, Jay and Jonah Talk, Michael Likes to Go Dancing, Pre Jonah Exorcism, and The Guys Talk About F***ing Each Other
* ‘Line-O-Rama’ (HD, 13 mins) – Various quick-fire dialogue driven scenes from the movie
* The Making Of “The Making of Pineapple Express 2” (HD, 6 mins) – A brief look at the making of the short film within the film
* ‘Meta-Apocalypse’ (HD, 7 mins) – Actors from the movie talk playing exaggerated versions of themselves
* ‘Lets Get Technical’ (HD, 10 mins) – A surprisingly detailed featurette on the making of the film
* ‘Party Time’ (HD, 13 mins) – A look at how the guys made James Franco’s house party and a more detailed look at the cast who were a part of it
* ‘Jay & Seth vs The Apocalypse’ (HD, 10 mins) – The original short film that started it all
* ‘Cannibal King’ (HD, 4 mins) – Outtakes from one of the film’s most climatic scenes.
Overall a very healthy set of extras that is bound to please all fans of this great comedy.
The UK edition also includes a first press slipcover and UV code.
I remember seeing the original short ‘Jay & Seth vs The Apocalypse’ on the internet quite a while ago now and thinking to myself that would make a good film. Visiting the cinema before this film’s release, ‘This Is The End’ was heavily advertised before films like ‘The Hangover Part 3’ and ‘Fast & Furious 6’, and immediately upon seeing the trailer for it I knew I had to watch it. I loved it back in the cinema and it was a joy to watch in the comfort of my own home on Blu-ray.
I should start by saying that I’ve never been the biggest fan of ‘Pineapple Express’, which seems to be the closest movie that references this ensemble cast, but I am quite the fan of Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill and James Franco. Watching the film I was slightly apprehensive to begin with, but it didn’t take long until I was laughing my arse off at ‘This Is The End’. Pretty much from the get-go I was laughing out loud and thoroughly enjoyed the movie right until the very end, especially the end; that almost had me in tears of laughter! It’s obvious all of the guys had great fun making ‘This Is The End’, and no doubt it was an absolute blast to make. I can’t think of a better gig, getting to make a film with your best friends!
Aside from some slightly dodgy CGI, there is a lot blood, a lot violence, a hell of a lot of swearing (to be expected in all honesty), a superb leading cast and some brilliant cameos (Emma Watson, Channing Tatum and even Rhianna to name a few), all add up to make potentially one of the best comedies of 2013. It won’t be for everyone’s tastes, but if you’re a fan of the guys’ previous work then you are bound to enjoy this.
The Blu-ray itself is a great one, boasting a great picture, a very good soundtrack with a very nice selection of extras all fans of the film will not be disappointed.
Purchase your copy from Amazon.co.uk