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With Paul we got two great tastes that taste great together. On the one hand, we have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the two-headed powerhouse from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Britcom Spaced. If there's been a defining force behind modern British comedy, at least in the eyes of American geek audiences, it's these two guys (and frequent collaborator Edgar Wright, who sat Paul out so he could direct Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Meanwhile, on this side of the pond, comedy in recent years has been dominated by Judd Apatow and his many, many satellite personalities, people like Paul Rudd and Jason Segel and Seth Rogen who have gone from solid supporting comedians to headlining actors. Paul unites these two comedy elements by casting Pegg and Frost as a pair of two geek friends road tripping across America with a runaway alien named Paul, voiced by Rogen. It's like a perfect geek sandwich, all wrapped up in dueling British accents. It's also directed by the mega-talented Greg Mottola (he's helmed Superbad, several eps of Arrested Development, and the vastly underrated Adventureland.)
We'll be posting our Paul Blu-ray review soon, but in the meantime you can check out Katey's thoughts right here. For my part, I had a blast with Paul, which mixes the grand old American tradition of the road trip movie with more pop culture references than most of you can count, all culminating at one of the most iconic film locations ever. They even manage to sneak in some heady rumination on controversial subjects such as sexuality and the existence of God. Not bad for a movie that could easily have been just a series of alien dick jokes.
With Paul set to hit shelves on August 9th, Universal Home Entertainment has sent along two clips from the disc's bonus features. The first clip discusses the actual road trip Pegg and Frost took in an RV across the western United States, searching for inspiration. The second clip focuses on the film's geek-authentic wardrobe.
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