Scarlett’s Roses new music video “HANDS” now on youtube.

Hi everyone first we are really sorry that we didn’t keep this blog update for the last few months. As we are musicians in london, we had this few last months really busy but we are now back on wheels to share what we do and what we think is amazing to know about music art and the internet.

So here is our first post for this new term. SCARLETT’S ROSES just released tonight their brand new music video, wich is called hands.

We hope you will enjoy it. (I’m the drummer of the band) 🙂 that’s why we all particularly hope you will love the song.

Aswell here is an interview of Ryan with has been made by http://www.cult73.org (Check out her blog there is a lot of good things on it 🙂

Scarlett’s Roses are a South London based sextet producing a huge range of different kinds of music; from pop, to rap, to hip-hop, to ska, I could go on but that would just be silly. They cover all bases would be the short version of what I’m trying to say here.

The band consists of three vocalists; Scarlett (super stylish bodacious babe with a voice like Kate Nash with the added advantage of possessing actual talent), Ryan (poster boy material with a face and a voice that makes you want to take him home to your mama and show her you’ve grown up and really do like nice boys now, rather than drug addled maniacs who tell her they like her tits upon first introduction) and Ollie (he looks like a badass, he raps and he spouts some seriously awesome lyrics). Then there’s guitarist Daniel, bassist Jameson and drummer Thomas, all of whom are obviously incredibly talented and it shines through upon first listen to their music.

The band are churning out tracks like there’s no tomorrow, with their singles ‘Nightmares’ and ‘Nylon’ already having music videos.

With the release of their latest music video coming in just a few days time, Cult73 caught up with vocalist Ryan to talk about giant babies, big balls and how he’s planning on taking the music industry by storm.

Ryan! Your unique selling point would be that you have three very different, very talented vocalists fronting your band. What made you decide to go down that route rather than fronting a band on your own?
To be able to enjoy this with other vocalists is such a great opportunity. I also feel it’s exciting to have other vocals, with their own take on a subject. Everyone had a favourite Spice Girl, now they can have a favourite Rose.

What would you say each of you brings to the band?
Daniel brings the good looks, Scarlett brings the glitter, Tom brings the tattoos, Jameson brings the wise words, Ollie brings the banter, and I bring the converse. Musically, everyone has different tastes, and naturally bring those influences to the songs.

The name ‘Scarlett’s Roses’ is interesting, obviously one of your vocalists is called Scarlett, but how did you come to the decision of naming the entire band after her?
She’s the boss, so we had no choice. Plus, she’s got the biggest balls out of the rest of us combined.

Your lyrics are pretty interesting; they have an honest, funny and friendly vibe to them. Which of you is the genius behind these lyrics?
I’m the genius. Haha! Me and Daniel, the guitarist, write the main core of the song together. He’ll write the music, and I’ll write the lyrics. Scarlett is good with coming up with melodies, and Ollie writes his raps. Then we take them to rehearsal with Tom and Jameson (drums and bass), and they’ll bring their part to the song. It’s really important for me to be honest, and I try to add something really personal, so the person it’s about knows it’s about them! At the same time, I want people to have fun with our music.

I heard that Matt Lucas tweeted your video ‘Nylon’, how does it feel to be able to count George Doors as one of your fans?
Well we’ve always said we try to appeal to as a wide an audience as possible, so for a giant baby to be feeling it means a lot. I’d love to know what Vicky Pollard thinks, though.

You’re bringing out a whole range of genres within your songs, which music genre is your personal favourite?
Personally, my main love is 50′s and 60′s pop and soul. The melodies were sing-a-long, the lyrics were heartbreaking. The cool thing is we each have a different favourite, and I guess that comes across with our sound.

Who inspires you inside and outside of the music world?
As a band, everyone likes something different. Our influences range from Jamiroquai to Jay-Z. Jackie Wilson is my all time favourite. A lot of our songs are about love, so the people I like that don’t love me back are pretty inspiring.


What’s your favourite thing about being in a band?
I love gigging, and being able to enjoy it with my best friends. We are all really close, and we like to have fun, and being able to make music with them is wicked.

I know that you guys supported Razorlight at UCL, how was that for you?
It was cool. It was quite an arty and political event, and for us to turn up with our songs about falling in love with a one-night stand was a bit daunting, but the audience seemed to enjoy it! And Johnny Borrell seemed very nice, he had a photo with us. Although I had to take the picture whilst the others were in it. Ha!


Where do you see Scarlett’s Roses in a year’s time? Be warned, I’ll be catching up with you to find out if you were right!
My main goal and dream is to release an album. Nothing excites me more than holding a Scarlett’s Roses album in my hand. That’s amazing, make sure you do, this time next year. It’ll be like a real life ‘One Day.’

If you had to describe Scarlett’s Roses in five words, what would they be?
Hopefully your new favourite band.

So there it is, the genius (and brilliantly funny) fella has said it all, these guys will be your new favourite band, so head along and have a look at their new video when it goes live on Friday, will you? Even if it’s only to stare at their lovely pretty faces. You should also hit them up on Facebook and Soundcloud to treat your ears to some feeling fucking good music.

Mac OS X Lion – The power of Mac OS X. The magic of the IPAD.

Mac OS X Lion

The power of Mac OS X. The magic of the IPAD.

 

We took our best thinking from Mac OS X and brought it to the iPhone. Then we took our best thinking from the iPhone and brought it to iPad. And now we’re bringing it all back to the Mac with our eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Mac OS X Lion arrives in summer 2011. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of its features.

The Mac App Store. Coming soon to a Mac near you.

Introducing the best place to discover and buy new apps made just for Mac, right on a Mac. Just like shopping at the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store offers endless possibilities to browse and purchase apps. And it simplifies the way you install apps on the Mac. Just click once, and your new app is downloaded, installed and ready to go. Learn more about the Mac App Store

The Launchpad. A home for your apps.

The Launchpad gives you instant access to your apps — iPad style. Just click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away, replaced by an elegant, full-screen display of all the apps on your Mac. It takes just a swipe to see multiple pages of apps, and you can arrange apps any way you like by dragging an app icon to a new location or by grouping apps in folders. Downloaded an app from the App Store? Your new app automatically appears on Launchpad, ready to blast off.

Full-screen apps. A better way to enjoy the apps you love.

On iPad, every app is displayed full screen, with no distractions, and there’s one easy way to get back to all your other apps. Mac OS X Lion does the same for your desktop. You can bring an app to full screen with one click, switch to another full-screen app with a swipe of the trackpad and swipe back to the desktop to access your multi-window apps. And system-wide support for full-screen apps makes them bigger and more immersive. So you can concentrate on every detail of your work, or play on a grander scale than ever before.

Mission Control. Mac command central.

Mission Control is a powerful and handy new feature that provides you with a comprehensive view of what’s running on your Mac. It gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything — including Exposé, Spaces, Dashboard and full-screen apps — all in one place. With a simple swipe gesture, your desktop zooms out to Mission Control. There you can see your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full-screen apps, Dashboard and even other Spaces, arranged in a unified view. And you can get to anything you see on Mission Control with just one click. Making you the master of all you survey.

 

Band of the week – THE STOW

In 2009, Haydn, Shi, Gus, Dave and Matt fused together their love of indie pop and hip hop and formed The Stow.

Their cross pollination of genres, catchy songs and energetic performances have caused a stir on various stages across London including Rough Trade East, Barfly Camden, Club NME at KOKO’s and everything in between. The Stow’s ability to fire up an audience also gained them a support slot with VV Brown on her 12 date Traveling Like The Light tour in November ’09.

One of the many highlights in The Stow’s young career was putting their stamp on the highly respected

2010 Camden Crawl by being named Best Live Act 2010 by the Emerging Talent Awards in conjunction with the Gaymers Camden Crawl and MTV.

2010 also saw The Stow pop their Glastonbury cherry as well as being championed by music industry heavyweights such as DJ Semtex (Radio 1Xtra, Dizzee Rascal DJ) and Sian Anderson (The Guardian, Mistajam.com and RWD)

With festival and gig bookings for next year coming in thick and fast and BBC Introducing Live Sessions already pencilled in, 2011 iooks like its going to be an even bigger year for The Stow who are set to change perceptions of what a band should sound like.

 

JAN
22
The Cooler
Bristol
FEB
9
Night & Day
Manchester
FEB
25
BBC Introducing
Luton
APR
28
Mic Club
London
APR
29
Barfly
Camden

 

 

TESTING GROUND FEATURING FUTURE MAP 10 13 January – 06 February 2011

 

TESTING GROUND FEATURING FUTURE MAP 10

The third annual Testing Ground programme this year hosts Future Map 10, London’s pre-eminent annual exhibition of recent graduates from University of the Arts London from 13 January – 6 February and a weekend of events and exhibitions organised by MA Curating students from Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art on 29 & 30 January. More details on the MA curating students programme will be posted shortly.

Future Map 10: 13 January – 6 February 2011

London’s pre-eminent annual exhibition of graduating artists and designers from University of the Arts London returns with an intriguing interactive show packed with performance, participation, sculpture and installation. Future Map 10 is hosted by the Zabludowicz Collection at 176 Prince of Wales Road, a non-profit project space which shares Future Map’s commitment to providing a platform for emerging talent. Each year the Zabludowicz Collection awards one artist in the exhibition the Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize, making it the perfect partner for this exhibition.

This year’s Future Map 10 participants have been selected from nearly 10,000 graduating students from creative powerhouse University of the Arts London’s six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. Now in its thirteenth year, Future Map has steadily built a reputation amongst industry insiders for showcasing a discerning selection of the next generation of artists and designers who will define our visual landscape.

The unique spaces of the former Methodist chapel at 176 Prince of Wales Road make this year’s exhibition particularly exciting; with a focus on sculpture, performance, fashion, moving image and multi-media works, this year promises to be one of the most dynamic Future Map exhibitions to date.

Exhibiting in Future Map is an important first career break for a young contemporary artist or designer, providing an introduction to top UK and international galleries, curators, collectors and critics. The show will complement the Zabludowicz Collection’s annual Testing Ground programme, which includes projects organised by MA Curating students from art schools across the capital.

The Future Map 10 Selection Panel

An expert panel of leading industry insiders comprised of 20 Hoxton Square Projects founder Alexander Dellal, Associate Director of International Programmes for the Emirates Sharjah Art Foundation, Judith Greer, Grazia Style Director Paula Reed and Time Out London Visual Arts Editor Ossian Ward has selected 28 Future Map 10 exhibitors representing 17 different courses from across this year’s graduate and postgraduate shows. The works displayed will include a wide range of disciplines from Fine Art to Fashion, including Wimbledon’s BA Technical Arts and Special Effects course which makes its first Future Map appearance this year.

Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize

The winner of this annual prize will be selected from the exhibiting artists and comprises of £3,000 which is to be used for the production of a new work and a chance to make an edition with the Zabludowicz Collection. The aim of the prize is to enable the winning practitioner to continue to work in the months following their graduation by both supporting them financially and facilitating a new work. Last year’s winner, Cindie Cheung has produced an edition which is now available in our online shop.

Exhibiting Artists

David Aldridge Camberwell, BA Photography
Sofie Alsbo Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art 4D
Youn Joo (Dari) Bae Wimbledon College, MA Fine Art
Josh Baum Central Saint Martins, MA Fine Art
Jessica Blackstone Chelsea College, BA Fine Art
Maximillian Boden Central Saint Martins, Jewellery Design
Jo Cooper Camberwell College, 3D Design
Youssef Daoud Chelsea College, MA Interior and Spatial Design
Eliana Dimitrakopoulou LCF, MA Fashion Design and Technology
Alice Gallarate Central Saint Martins, MA Industrial Design
Eun Jung Ha Wimbledon College, Technical Arts and Special Effects
Ayoung Kim Central Saint Martins, BA Jewellery Design
Jin Kim Central Saint Martins, BA Jewellery Design
Janina Lange Chelsea College MA, Fine Art
Jess Littlewood Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art
Strang Macfarlane Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art
Philip Morris Camberwell, College BA Drawing
Hollie Paxton Central Saint Martins, BA Jewellery Design
Laura Plant Camberwell College, BA Ceramics
Chantinee Premprabha Chelsea College, MA Interior and Spatial Design
Adam Redhead Chelsea College, BA Fine Art
Lucia Rivero Central Saint Martins, MA Fine Art
Chris Stockbridge LCC, MA Photography
Lillian Suwanrumpha Chelsea College, BA Fine Art
Linda Toigo LCC, Dip Design for Visual Communication
Philipp von Frankenberg Camberwell College, BA Drawing
Maryrose Watson Chelsea College, BA Textile Design
Catherine Wharfe LCC, MA Photography (part time)

GAM are proud sponsors of Future Map 10. www.gam.com

More information can be found on the University of the Arts London website:www.arts.ac.uk/futuremap/ or on Arts London News

www.projectspace176.com

 

WHY MUSIC MAKES YOU HAPPY (From Discovery News)

 

People love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food, according to new research. When you listen to tunes that move you, the study found, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.

Even just anticipating the sounds of a composition like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” or Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself” can get the feel-good chemical flowing, found the study, which was the first to make a concrete link between dopamine release and musical pleasure.

The findings offer a biological explanation for why music has been such a major part of major emotional events in cultures around the world since the beginning of human history. Through music, the study also offers new insights into how the human pleasure system works.

“You’re following these tunes and anticipating what’s going to come next and whether it’s going to confirm or surprise you, and all of these little cognitive nuances are what’s giving you this amazing pleasure,” said Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal. “The reinforcement or reward happens almost entirely because of dopamine.”

“This basically explains why music has been around for so long,” she added. “The intense pleasure we get from it is actually biologically reinforcing in the brain, and now here’s proof for it.”

In a previous study, Salimpoor and colleagues linked music-induced pleasure with a surge in intense emotional arousal, including changes in heart rate, pulse, breathing rate and other measurements. Along with these physical changes, people often report feelings of shivers or chills. When that happens during a listening experience, Salimpoor’s group and others have found evidence that blood flows to regions in the brain involved in dopamine release.

To solidify the dopamine link, the researchers recruited eight music-lovers, who brought to the lab samples of music that gave them chills of pleasure. Most picks were classical, with some jazz, rock and popular music mixed in, including Led Zeppelin and Dave Matthews Band. The most popular selection was Barbar’s Adagio for Strings.

After 15 minutes of listening, scientists injected participants with a radioactive substance that binds to dopamine receptors. With a machine called a PET scanner, the scientists were then able to see if that substance simply circulated through listeners’ blood, which would indicate that they had already released a lot of dopamine, and that the dopamine was tying up all available receptors.

If most of their dopamine receptors were free, on the other hand, the radioactive substance would bind to them.

The technique showed, definitively for the first time, that people’s brains released large amounts of dopamine when they listened to music that gave them chills, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience. When the same people listened to less moving music the next day, their dopamine receptors remained wide open.

Once the researchers knew for sure that dopamine was behind the pleasure of music, they put participants in an fMRI machine and played the moving music for them again. In this part of the experiment, the scanners showed that the brain pumped out dopamine both during the phase of musical anticipation and at the moment when chills hit in full force. The two surges happened in different areas of the brain.

“It is amazing that we can release dopamine in anticipation of something abstract, complex and not concrete,” Salimpoor said. “This is the first study to show that dopamine can be released in response to an aesthetic stimulus.”

The findings suggest that, like sex and drugs, music may be mildly addictive, said David Huron, a music cognition researcher at Ohio State University, Columbus.

Dopamine is an adaptive reward-inducing molecule that makes animals want to look for food before they’re hungry. It’s what makes it impossible for some people to pass by the neighborhood bakery without going in to buy a tart. And it provides a rush for heroin addicts when they see blood enter the needle — before the drug even gets into their veins.

In its groundbreaking combination of techniques, Huron said, the study also offers a new way to study the relationship between dopamine and feelings of motivation, reward and pleasure. Brain scanners are notoriously expensive for scientists and claustrophobic for participants, with no room for people to do things like eat in them.

Music, on the other hand, can be pumped right in to the machine, and scientists can then look at pleasure responses on a note-by-note basis.

“Music is going to be a useful tool in trying to explain all sorts of aspects of pleasure, addiction and maladaptive behaviors,” Huron said. “It’s a technical tour de force what they’ve done. I just think it’s a really wonderful piece of work.”

 

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Blu-ray Review (From bluray.highdefdigest.com)

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer’s Take

Aside the few big releases, like ‘Toy Story 3‘ and ‘Inception,’ this summer movie season passed by in relative obscurity. There just wasn’t all that much great stuff to see, which was a disappointment. Even with the summer box office’s slim pickings it’s a travesty that more people didn’t see ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.’ Week after week ‘Scott Pilgrim’ slid down the box office charts. It was disheartening to witness, because ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ was hands down one of the best releases to come out!

Edgar Wright, writer and director of two of the most clever spoof films of all time (‘Shaun of the Dead‘ and ‘Hot Fuzz‘) set about making a motion picture based on the “Scott Pilgrim” comic books. Wright has a gift for satire, and ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is full of some of the most clever, hilarious references you’ll see. If you grew up playing Nintendo you’ll love this movie.

This movie is so self-referential, so deeply embedded in its world that it never lets up. Wright goes full steam ahead, charging forward into an insane world where real-life is turned into a comic-book-style video game (complete with music from Zelda, and pixilated graphics). It actually reminds me of the neo-noir film ‘Brick.’ That movie, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, decided that as weird as it sounded they were going to make a noir film about high school. Complete with kids talking in some sort of cryptic jive. ‘Scott Pilgrim,’ like ‘Brick’ is one of those movies that knows exactly what it is and stays true to itself the entire time.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a member of a band called the Sex Bob Ombs. This is how obscure these references get. Someone not familiar with the Mario Brothers franchise will miss such a subtle clue. Remember Bob-ombs? Those furious little bomb guys in Mario that tried to blow you to smithereens?

Scott has fallen head over heels for a new girl who’s literally just skated into his life. Her name is Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and she’s all Scott can think about. So much so that he can’t do anything else with his life until he finds a way to date her. After meeting, and going out with Ramona, Scott soon finds out that he’s going to have to do battle with each of Ramona’s seven evil exes. Why? Just because. That’s why.

Wright directs the film like a man who loves the source material. He uses just about every trick in the book, and even some new ones he’s dreamed up. After Scott defeats an ex they explode into a shower of coins. The funny thing is that everyone in the movie seems only half surprised all this is happening. Scott is suddenly a martial arts master, and an ex he’s battling has summoned hot daemon chicks who throw fireballs from their hands, and all anyone can do is stand there with their mouths open. You never know if people are surprised this is happening or if the world where Scott Pilgrim resides is just so completely insane anything is possible. I’m guessing it’s the latter, and with Wright at the helm, the writing, direction, and acting make for one of the funniest and best movies of the year.

Just like ‘Brick’ Edgar Wright’s ‘Scott Pilgrim’ embraces its insanity, revels in its absurdity, and basks in its oddness. On sheer bravado alone ‘Scott Pilgrim’ scores. You have to check this movie out!

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

‘Scott Pilgrim’ comes in a combo pack with a DVD/Digital Copy disc. It’s called the “Level Up Collector’s Edition” but I’m pretty sure that just means you’re getting the extra DVD and a slipcover.

 

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

 

‘Scott Pilgrim’ lands on Blu-ray sporting a 1080p AVC-encoded image that doesn’t seem to pop as well as it did during its theatrical run. I remember sitting in the theater staring in awe at the awesome color-drenched visuals, but here everything looks rather dim, washed out, and well… sad to say… sort of lifeless. Colors are muted and don’t seem nearly as bright and vibrant as they did when the movie was shown in theaters.

Fine detail looks good, but won’t ever blow you away. Facial details like freckles, pores, and facial hair are well defined, but again lack that HD oomph. Blacks are deep, but at times shadows tend to obscure faces with slight crushing rather than adding to the picture’s depth.

There are some things you should be aware of though. ‘Scott Pilgrim’ intentionally uses pixilated graphics to create that old-school gaming feel. During the last battle the swords being wielded are surrounded by a massive amount of intentional macro-blocking. No, the disc isn’t horribly encoded, and no your TV didn’t just up and give out on you. All the blocking you see during the film is intentional.

As for other digital anomalies like banding or aliasing, I didn’t notice them at all. Source noise is completely non-existent, providing a clear picture. Overall, this just doesn’t look like the movie I saw in theaters. The colors seem off, I don’t know how else to say it. In the theaters it looked brighter, the colors looked better and more in tune to the world that Scott inhabits. I would never imagine a world where Scott Pilgrim lives to have a restrained color palette, but on Blu-ray it has just that.

 

The Audio: Rating the Sound

 

The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio is a fun, vigorous mix that will keep you completely engrossed in the movie. While the film doesn’t look like it looked in the theaters, it definitely sounds like it did! There are so many things going on with this mix I would have hated to be the one to put it all together. From mono-sounding original Nintendo music, to full-bodied bass-rumbling techno beats this soundtrack contains just about everything. Just keep in mind that just as the blocking is intentional in the video portion, so too are the sometimes static-sounding guitar riffs and occasional bass.

Surprisingly, ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is a very talkative movie, and has numerous times where characters talk so fast or under their breath that they could be hard to hear if this mix wasn’t so downright awesome. The dialog is presented cleanly and clearly through the center channel, but there are plenty of times where out of frame characters chime in with their thoughts. When this happens directionality works wonders. The mix also features a seemingly endless variety of sound effects. The directionality for sound effects works just as well as it does for dialogue. The rear channels crash as the first evil ex blows through the roof. The front and side channels use panning effects perfectly as Scott runs into battle with a whoosh sound following him.

LFE is earth-shaking. The band battle against the twins will rumble your entire home. If you live in an apartment, make sure you’re cool with your neighbors, because this will most likely rock the pictures off their walls. The bass is deep, resonant, and never overpowers the rest of the mix. Instead it works together with it, to make it one of the more intense and lively Blu-ray mixes around. ‘Scott Pilgrim’ isn’t full of non-stop action, but when it gets to those parts this movie excels on every audio front. Seeing that this is coming from the guy who brought us the stellar sound design for ‘Hot Fuzz’ it should be no surprise here that ‘Scott Pilgrim’ also earns the highest, demo-worthy accolades.

 

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

 

  • Audio Commentaries – The audio commentaries are awkwardly located at the very bottom of the extras menu. Weird place to put them, but that’s where they are. In true Edgar Wright fashion ‘Scott Pilgrim’ comes with multiple commentaries just like ‘Hot Fuzz’ did. The four commentaries included each focus on something different. The Feature Commentary features Edgar Wright, along with co-writer Michael Bacall and “Scott Pilgrim” author Bryan Lee O’Malley. The Technical Commentary features Wright along with director of photography Bill Pope. Then there are two different Cast Commentaries. The first cast commentary features Michael Cera, Jason Schartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, and Brandon Routh. The second Cast Commentary features Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin, and Mark Webber.For the Cast Commentaries they should either have had the entire cast on the same commentary or spaced out the main characters and placed some of them in the second commentary that is only populated by the secondary characters in the movie.

    The Feature Commentary is a great one. Here’s one of the very few commentaries where you’ll have both the original author and the director that took the author’s book and made it into a movie together. This is a fantastic combination because you know that O’Malley completely embraces this vision of his work on screen. He also offers great insight into what he was thinking when he wrote his books and how he feels about the movie version. This is a must listen commentary.

    The Technical Commentary is all about the filming. Wright and Pope discuss filming locations, cinematography and how they changed sets like the record store that Knives and Scott visit to make it look more minimalist. Wright is obsessed with clean, distinct perspective lines and he made his crew re-decorate the record store so that he could have his vision. Every one of the album covers on the wall had to be cleared to actually be there, even though those covers can hardly be seen and are out of focus most of the time. You really get into how meticulous a director Wright is when it comes to attention to detail in his films. Another must listen to commentary.

    Cera takes over the track and kind of leads the way in the discussion in the first Cast Commentary. There are a lot of dead spots in this commentary even though there are so many people. Cera offers some insight into the filming and the reshoots that had to be done. Most of the other actors don’t seem to have the insight that Cera does. They just ask him questions about the filming and he answers them.

    The second Cast Commentary is pretty bland and has a lot of dead spots in it. This is why they should have spread out the main characters and maybe put a few of them in this commentary. These actors don’t have much to talk about, and end up just kind of chatting for a few hours.

  • Trivia Track – Text pops up during the movie to clue us in on all the movie’s many video and comic book references. It even lets us in on who created the awesome 8-bit Universal logo at the beginning of the movie. This is a really cool feature as it allows you to catch pretty much everything you may have missed the first or second time you watched the movie. It’s really easy to miss all the little hidden references.
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 27 min.) – Each deleted scene is offered with optional commentary by Edgar Wright. There are a whopping 21 deleted scenes included here. You can play each individually or use the Play All feature. Most of them are pretty good and had to be cut just because of time. I loved the scene where it shows how Scott and Knives met on the bus. Funny stuff. Many of these scenes are actually in the movie, but here they’re just presented as slightly extended scenes that haven’t been edited down yet.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the Bloopers (SD, 10 min.) – Nothing new here. Just the same collection of goofs and line flubs that we’ve come to expect from these types of featurettes.
  • You Too Can Be Sex Bob Omb (SD, 3 min.) – Mark Webber, who plays Stephen Stills, learns how to play guitar for his role.
  • Bits and Pieces (SD, 7 min.) – Could have been included in the blooper reel since that’s essentially what is found here.
  • Galleries (HD) – If you like still galleries as extras then you’ll love this one. You can check out all the different posters that were created to market the film, along with set photos from filming, and concept art.

 

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

 

  • BD-Live – Yes, BD-Live access is included here, and it features Universal’s new “Free movie” deal where you can stream one of two films with the code provided. The films that you’re allowed to stream here are ‘Pitch Black’ and ‘Tremors,’ since you know those are the two films you think most about while watching ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.’
  • U-Control: Storyboard Picture-in-Picture(HD) – A PiP track that plays along with the movie that allows you to access storyboards in a pop-up window as the movie plays.
  • Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (HD, 49 min.) – Edgar Wright talks about how he was approached by a few producers who wanted him to make the “Scott Pilgrim” books into a movie. This is a pretty extensive making-of feature that gives us insight into Wright’s vision compared to the source material.
  • Pre-Production (SD, 97 min.) – This is an extensive sub menu that’s divided into six different sections: “Pre-Production Footage,” “Animatics,” “Rehearsal Videos,” “Props, Rigs and Sets Montage,” “Casting Tapes,” “Hair and Make-up Footage.” Use the Play All feature to play them consecutively. Loved the “Animatics” section where you can watch most of the movie with animatics interspersed with scenes from the movie.
  • Adult Swim: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation (SD, 4 min.) – A cartoon of Scott Pilgrim trying to form his band.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the Censors: TV Safe Version (SD, 4 min.) – No idea why this is included. Just a bunch of scenes that are really awkwardly censored to be TV safe.
  • VFX Before and After (SD, 14 min.) – Fraizer Churchill, VFX supervisor, talks about the visual effects in the film and shows us how they created a lot of the effects like when Ramona skates away and the snow melts. It also shows how a lot of the Manga-styled fight scenes were created. Churchill is pretty bland to listen to, and he doesn’t really go into how everything was created he just shows the different elements put together.
  • Roxy Fight / Ribbon Version (SD, 1 min.) – See what this fight looked like before the effects were added in and how they had to film it with the post-production visual effects in mind.
  • Phantom Montage: Hi Speed Footage (SD, 4 min.) – This is a fun little montage that shows us the slow motion footage of the actors doing their own stunts against blue screens.
  • Soundworks Collection: Sound for the Film Profile (SD, 6 min.) – This featurette explores the movie’s demo-worthy audio mix.
  • Blogs (SD, 46 min.) – Edgar Wright offers 12 video blogs that he recorded during filming. The blogs talk about production, how things on the set were going, and how he felt about the film.
  • Trailers (SD, 19 min.) – This section contains numerous trailers for the movie, also TV spots and video game trailers. Not sure why they aren’t in HD.
  • Alternative Edits (SD, 12 min.) – Shows a few scenes from the movie, but with alternate edits. These scenes could have been included with the deleted scenes, since many of those were alternate and extended cuts.
  • Music of ‘Scott Pilgrim’ (SD, 16 min.) – This interesting little featurette explores the original music that was used in the film.
  • Music Promos (SD, 19 min.) – There are a total of four music videos here: “Garbage Truck,” “Black Sheep,” “Threshold,” and “Summertime.” Also seven remixed songs by DJ Osymyso: “Prepare,” “Hey,” “Love,” “Ramona,” “Fight!,” “Yeah,” and “What?”

 

Easter Eggs

 

Alert reader Oldies2822 sent in a few tips and tricks on how to find the Easter eggs hidden away in the menus of ‘Scott Pilgrim.

Go to Extras. Go to deleted scenes. While the deleted scene commentary is highlighted push the right arrow. A ‘Scott Pilgrim’ 1up icon will appear. Click on it and get a code for the video game.

Go to Extras. Go to Pre-production. Go to Animatics. Scroll down until you highlight “Original Zoetrope Concept.” Click the right arrow. Another 1up icon will appear. Select that and get another game code.

Go to Extras. Go to Music Promos. Go to OSYMYSO Remixes. Highlight “Ramona” and push the right arrow. Another 1up icon will appear. Select the icon and get another game code.

Go to Extras. Go to Blogs. Highlight “Blog Six – Fight!” press the right arrow and another hidden 1up icon will appear. Select the icon for another game code.

Found an egg? Please use our tips form to let us know, and we’ll credit you with the find.

 

Final Thoughts

 

With ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ Edgar Wright crafts a film so boldly aware of itself that it can’t be ignored. Watching ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is a movie experience unlike any other. This film can be enjoyed by gamers, comic book lovers, and movie enthusiast alike. Wright concocts a brilliant script that bubbles with hilarious references and witty dialogue. This movie isn’t just about its high-octane action sequences; this is a really cleverly written film as well. In short, one of my favorite movies of the year.

For some reason the color palette looks dimmer here than it did in the theaters and that isn’t a good thing. I’m not sure what happened there, but when it comes to colorful visuals this Blu-ray presentation doesn’t accurately portray what I saw in the theaters. The audio on the other hand is a knockout. It’s brimming with life and will have your house rocking from the steady helping of booming bass riffs and thunderous action scenes. There are a ton of special features here and most of them are worthwhile. There’s four commentaries and the two with Wright you must listen to. The first Cast Commentary is worthy of a listen also. Most discs have one commentary and it’s usually not all that exciting. This one manages to have three commentaries that are worth your time. Slap on top of that a trivia track that gets you even more in-depth information about the movie, and a storyboard PiP feature that gives you an idea of how each scene evolved and this proves to be one of the best all around special feature packages released this year.

Even with the less than stunning video, this one still comes highly recommendedfor its amazing audio experience, its huge array of special features, but mostly because it’s a damn good movie that everyone should see.