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DVD review: 'World's End' a dry, funny alien comedy

Published November 19, 2013 8:34 am
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Grade • A-

DVD • If you haven't already partaken of the dry humor of director Edgar Wright and stars/writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, it's long past time to catch them at their best in "The World's End."

Pegg plays Gary King, determined to round up his high-school pals, now pushing 40, and relive the epic pub crawl they never finished as callow youth. When they go to their old small town, they discover that everything has turned homogenized and boring. It's as if the town has been taken over by aliens, which, in fact, it has.

Wright ("Scott Pilgrim vs. The World") and his mates Pegg and Frost (who plays Gary's former best friend) pay clever homage to the alien-invasion genre, and plant enough sly jokes that repeated viewings are a must. (Also out this week on DVD is the whole "Cornetto Trilogy" — "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" — in one box.) —

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