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  • Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader
  • Directors: Greg Mottola
  • Writers: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
  • Format: DVD+Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (521 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY2R4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. 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 smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Collings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. Paul is directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy’s cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver.

Special Features:
  • Extended Feature
  • Theatrical Feature Commentary with Director Greg Mottola, Producer Nira Park and Actors Nick Frost and Simon Pegg
  • BTS Featurette (8 Featurettes)
  • Between The Lightning Strikes: The Making Of Paul
  • The Evolution of Paul
  • Bloopers
  • Who the hell is Adam Shadowchild?
  • Simon Silly Faces and Galleries


Everything you know about aliens from pop culture is true. At least that's the message from Paul, a swift, sharp, and very funny movie from the creative minds that also brought us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Superbad, and Adventureland. The British stars of the first two, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, also wrote the snappy screenplay, and director Greg Mottola shows that he can make human and sentimental both the slapstick and the subtle, self-referential humour the same way he did in Superbad and Adventureland. The premise Pegg and Frost have laid out for themselves as likable, sci-fi fanatic supernerds is a dream vacation starting at Comic Con, then continuing through the American Southwest in an RV visiting historic UFO sites like Area 51, the Black Mailbox, and Roswell, and finishing up at Devil's Tower in Wyoming, the iconic centerpiece from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. After their inauspicious start, they happen upon an escaped alien who is 4 feet tall, and has the big head, classic diamond eyes, and features we've come to recognize as both the benevolent and evil kinds of space aliens from movies and TV. He is also the titular character, and as voiced by Seth Rogen, this CGI creature spouts a never-ending string of wisecracks, insider secrets, and frat-boy humour that comes loud and clear as classic Rogen in tone and attitude. As an aside and terrific example of the very clever throwaway punch lines that run throughout, there's a brief flashback to 1980 showing Paul on a conference call with Steven Spielberg (really), giving him advice about script development issues for E.T.

Paul crash-landed in the late 1940s and has been held prisoner by the government's men in black. They've not only been pumping him for knowledge, they've also leaked the fabric and features of his being to people who want to believe, especially the ones in Hollywood. Now Paul wants to go home, and he's found the perfect getaway with the want-to-believe team of Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost), who take him to his rendezvous (at Devil's Tower, of course). The road movie that unfolds is consistently hilarious, moving nimbly through one-off gags and inside jokes, but also creating larger relationships and drawn-out humour that relies on us believing that the little CGI Paul is real. And mostly we do, again thanks to Rogen's delivery and distinctive vocalizing. Paul constantly quips, makes fun, gets drunk, smokes dope, and spouts a steady stream of patter about how aliens have been bowdlerized and reimagined in entertainment and the minds of people like Graeme and Clive. There's a jam-packed supporting cast that complements and complicates the story (in a good way), including Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as the bumbling men in black, and Jason Bateman as the scary man in black. Also passing through are some fun familiar faces like Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jeffrey Tambor, John Carroll Lynch, and an iconic sci-fi actress who shall remain unnamed. Especially good is Kristen Wiig as a fundamentalist Christian whose mind is literally blown by Paul. Amid the broad humour and nonstop punch lines there's also a sweetness that stays with each finely drawn character (including Paul) and gives Paul an amiable sentimentality that runs throughout. Everyone clearly had fun making this movie, and that's exactly how it is to watch. --Ted Fry

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 4 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Greg Mottola's touch for comedy feels very different from Edgar Wright. Wright directed Pegg and Frost in their best loved movies such as 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', and has a touch for the flashily absurd that was a little lighter and easier. Motola is very good, but his style feels a little more predictable and 'American'. However it's still a funny movie, and Pegg and Frost make great heroes with their natural banter and buddy chemistry.
I was very relieved by Seth Rogen's performance when they met 'Paul', as advertising had given the impression he'd be nothing but an unfunny stream of profanity and fart gags. Instead he's played as a rounded 'character' with a believable slacker personality and feelings. He gets some VERY funny profanity-studded lines, but it's not the one-gag performance that I feared, and he ends up very likeable.
Jane Lynch pops up in a great cameo, and fans of comic books and sci-fi films will be in heaven: the film not only embraces massive event Comic-Con with scenes set there, but is such a constant stream of in-jokes and references that it requires a second viewing just to keep up. Everything from 'Close Encounters', to the jailbreak scene in 'Star Wars' gets referenced and often cleverly quoted verbatim. The film-makers also make efforts to explain the resons behind the prevalence of alien 'grey' images in a scene that involves Rogen and Frost shouting hilarious dialogue at each other.
The pursuing Agency personnel are humourous if never hilarious, and there's a hell of a cameo from a major sci-fi star that's well worth the wait.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 21 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Paul is an escaped alien from Area 51 or somewhere around there. He is hip, foul mouthed, and rude. Paul is picked up by two English SF nerds who are touring the US following Comic Book conventions and visiting "UFO" sites. Eventually they kidnap a born again woman named Ruth.

In order to fully appreciate the humor some basic knowledge of Star Trek, 2001, ET, Starman, X-files, Alien, and Close Encounters is required. My first laugh out loud moment came when they stopped at a gas station. As the two Brits were heading inside, Paul sticks his head out the window of the RV, bangs the side and yells, "Don't forget my Reese's Pieces!"

A must see for any Sci-Fi fan.

Foul language and sacrilegious. No nudity.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Sarcosuchus on 26 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Graham and Clive are two likeable English nerds who, after a visit to geek-Mecca Comic Con, take a road trip to America's infamous UFO hotspots. En route they encounter and hide Paul, a real, live "grey" alien, who's on the run from the US government, who've been hiding him for 50 years. With the FBI in hot pursuit, Graham and Clive's road trip becomes a race against time to get Paul to the rendezvous so his people can take him home.

There's a lot to like about Paul. The gags are numerous and funny, and while there's nothing particularly new or unpredictable here, it's all pulled off with such charm and energy that you can forgive the film its faults. Seth Rogen is great as the intergalactic stoner Paul, and Kristen Wiig is also good value as the Christian who discovers the joys of pot and swearing. And of course, Pegg and Frost do their usual schtick; and we love them for it.

It's nice to imagine that 50 years from now, people will probably talk fondly of the handful of good-hearted bromance/buddy films starring Pegg and Frost, and even though Paul lacks the darkness and manic intensity of the best of them (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) it's still a trip worth taking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zaroff on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Big american landscapes, plenty of local colour and two fizzy english comic geeks meet up with an equally eccentric but likeable alien... The plot rolls along well enough, given that its a road-movie flavoured trip, & plays with cliches & homages to past great sci-fi, that seems to arise in usual fashion for a modern comedy movie. The animation of the alien is excellently lit, with a convincing reality to it.

However, i nearly rendered this for a 3 star movie, if not for the fact by the end of the movie the 'feel-good' needle clicked over far enough thanks to the sheer Pegg and Frost cheeriness. I am no puritan, but the swearing throughout in every scenario became remorseless. The idea of swearing as a gag itself is well used for sometime with not only the alien but another character taking it up as a new hobby...which is very funny. But it can allow for lazy writing..

To be honest, the swear-a-thon is not actually funny enough to cover every square inch of film with. I sometimes felt this was someone else's re-write of the Pegg n Frost team, into a Porky's arena of bawdy, adolescent humour. I can only assume it was done so relentlessly to gain a wider younger audience, but what does that suggest is the opinion of the viewer by the team?... Could'a been funnier, but i have a feeling the film will grow in popularity over the years. The 2 disc set has theatrical and extended cuts. I can again, only guess, that the extended cut added yet more swearing. The extras are mostly making of material which is insightful.
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