Universal Studios Home Entertainment has sent early word to retailers that the alien comedy Paul will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on August 9th. Though it may not have been the comedy for me, I can firmly say that it was better than Hangover Part II.
As is par for the course of most comedies released on home video these days, Paul will include both the theatrical cut and an unrated version of the comedy. A minor hit this spring, Paul reunited Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead fame) as two sci-fi geeks on a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland, where they accidentally encounter an alien who sends them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.
Pegg and Frost wrote the script, but their bandleader, Edgar Wright (director on Shaun and Fuzz) didn’t make the road trip. Greg Mottola, of Superbad fame, took his seat.
The Blu-ray will be a Combo Pack release with both the Blu-ray and DVD included as well as a Digital Copy of the unrated version. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Special features exclusive to Blu-ray include:
● Between the Lightning Strikes: The Making of Paul
● Behind the Scenes Featurettes:
o RV Doorway: The Cast of Paul On-Location — The cast is just as funny off-screen as they are in front of the camera.
o Runway Santa Fe: An Interview with Nancy Steiner — Follow Nancy Steiner, the costume designer, as she chooses hilarious T-shirts and wardrobe for the cast.
o Smithereens — Blowing up a house on location causes excitement among the cast.
o 5th Date Level Direction: The Cast on Greg Mottola — The cast talks about the fun of working with Mottola, who also directed Superbad.
o Mexico Zero: The Locations of Paul—Mexico Zero is the nickname the cast gives to New Mexico, where the majority of filming was done for Paul.
o The Many Pauls — To create Paul, the filmmakers used all the tricks of the trade, from capturing Seth Rogen’s facial expressions and movements, to using a child dressed up as an alien while on-set.
o Paul: The Musical — The cast joins together for an impromptu musical version of the film.
o The Traveler Beagle — A look at all the different RVs used on the set of Paul, from fully functioning vehicles to a mock-up on a Hollywood soundstage.
Special features found on both the Blu-ray and DVD:
● The Evolution of Paul — An inside look at how Paul became a living, breathing alien.
● Simon’s Silly Faces — Simon Pegg makes an assortment of wildly funny faces for the camera.
● Who the Hell is Adam Shadowchild? — Find out about the legendary sci-fi writer from the characters in Paul.
● Feature Commentary with Greg Mottola, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader and Nira Park
● Photo Galleries, Storyboards and Posters
For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smartass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. As two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.
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