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Paul [DVD]

Simon Pegg , Nick Frost , Greg Mottola    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader
  • Directors: Greg Mottola
  • Writers: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GAMOMI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost pair up to take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland.There they meet up with an alien,Paul who takes them on an insane road trip.Special features include disc 1 being an extended cut not shown in cinemas,the evolution of Paul and bloopers.Disc 2 includes between the lightning strikes and the making of Paul


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's not dangerous. He's kinda rude. 12 Aug 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Paul is directed by Greg Mottola and written by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Film sees Pegg and Frost as two British sci-fi geeks on a U.S.A. road trip to see some famous Alien landmarks. Along the way their love of all things Alien is given an unexpected boost when they gain an unusual hitchhiker: Paul, a small, foul mouthed, pot smoking Alien being. Who asks them to help him to finally get home after years of being kept prisoner by the Government. Speaking of which, the three of them best get a move on because Government law enforcers are on their tail, and was it wise to introduce a God fearing Christian into the group?

Their chemistry set in stone, Pegg and Frost once again bounce off of each other with a naturalism that's hard to top in modern day cinema. However, be that as it may, questions were still being asked on if their first writing collaboration would yield the same perky, witty and charming results as their on screen performances thus far had. The answer, except for some minor lazy moments, is a resounding yes. But it's not in fact down to them. Yes they are integral to the warmth and frivolity that exists within, but they are surrounded by very well written and funny characters, characters that are acted superbly by an on form cast. Kristen Wiig, arguably the best American comedy actress in film at the moment, plays Ruth Buggs, a one eyed God fearing Creationist, full of energy and salty humour. Jason Bateman, a serious faced man in black "official" who delivers his dialogue like sarcasm was an art form. Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as incompetent buddy buddy feds are a riot, while secondary support from Blythe Danner and John Caroll Lynch leaves a more than mirthful mark.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving the alien 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny 29 Nov 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great film its so funny you will laugh so much. You can watch it over and over again not matter how many times you will still like it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul - the film that ET should have been 2 April 2012
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done very well for themselves with a series of films taking a modern, humorous look at the films that they (and I) grew up with. Shaun of the Dead was a great pastiche of the schlock horror genre, and Hot Fuzz was a perfect take on action films. Here they take on the next sacred cow, good old fashioned alien encounter films, primarily E.T.

Pegg and Frost play two aspiring SF writers on a road trip across America. Along the way they encounter Paul, a real, genuine, honest to goodness alien. He's a sort of intergalactic hippie, stranded on Earth and trying to blow the joint before the authorities catch up with him. The trio start on an unbelievable road trip (picking up a fundamentalist Christian along the way) with an exciting denoument as they bond, find themselves, and find what is really important in their lives.

Pastiching films such as ET, Starman, Close Encounters, Easy Rider, Men in Black (how do you pastiche a pastiche? These guys manage it brilliantly!) and a host of other alien/road trip movies, this is a gloriously loopy drive across America with some engaging characters. Frost and Pegg are in good form, but Seth Rogan, as the slightly roguish and charming Paul really steals the show. His laid back delivery really makes the relaxed intergalactic hippie come to life, and you really wouldn't mind spending time in his company.

I have bad memories of sitting through ET as a child, and I have to say I really wish that it had been a lot more like this film, without all the sappy kids stuff...

It's about as entertaining a couple of hours as you could wish for. I enjoyed it all the more as I am familiar with a lot of the cultural references being taken off, but the Better Half assures me it was also good fun for the non-cognoscenti.

5 stars for this entertaining and uplifting romp.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun 25 July 2011
Format:DVD
I've not been the biggest fan of Pegg & Frost's movies but I loved Paul. It is a simple idea; 2 Sci Fi geeks on a trek though America's UFO hotspots come across a real life alien. He's been on Earth a long time, held by the Men In Black, and is a real dude with attitude. He accompanies the geeks on a road trip, with the MIB in pursuit, in an effort to get to a spaceship that will take him home. Plays on a lot of Sci Fi clichés and with a great cameo from Sigourney Weaver. A good fun Summer movie.
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