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A Fantastic Fear of Everything [DVD]

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  • Actors: Simon Pegg
  • Directors: Crispian Mills
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009IOM2QE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Simon Pegg stars in this low-budget British comedy about a writer whose research into Victorian serial killers has rendered him an emotional wreck. Jack (Pegg) is a highly-strung and over-sensitive artist whose paranoia has reached such heights that he can no longer leave the house without carrying a carving knife just in case someone tries to murder him. When his agent informs him that a Hollywood executive is interested in his latest script, 'Decades of Death', and tells him that he must prepare himself for this important meeting, a string of unlikely events is triggered that leads to Jack being finally forced to face up to all of his worst and wildest fears.

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Simon Pegg takes centre stage in A Fabulous Fear of Everything, a comedy with an edge to it, that never quite measures up fully to its ideas. Still, there are still things to like here, in an ambitious British production that centres very heavily on its leading star.

Pegg stars as a writer, one who is researching his latest piece of work for television. In the process, he becomes more and more interested in Victorian serial killers, to the point where, as the title suggests, fear kicks in very easily. Stylistically interesting, the film never quite builds on that premise, and the back end in particular struggles. But Pegg is on good form here, and A Fantastic Fear of Everything is an interesting enough movie to warrant a viewing or two.

The disc comes with a series of interviews, a trailer, and deleted scenes. And then there's a feature length commentary track, which is the finest supplement of the lot. This features Simon Pegg along with co-directors Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell, and they're engaging company. A Fantastic Fear of Everything may have problems, but it remains an interesting film on an interesting disc. –-Jon Foster

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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2012
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A Fantastic Fear of Everything (AFFOE) is the tale of children's-author-gone-morbid-writer Jack. Cooped up in his dark and eerie Hackney flat, he has developed an insufferable paranoia that everyone is trying to kill him due to the subject of his latest book - an in-depth look at the who's who of London's historic killers. Confined to the flat by a combination of fear and societal shame, Jack wallows in his own filth & self-pity until a phone-call spurs him to meet a potential buyer for his manuscript. But with paranoia & insomnia abounding, the main obstacle Jack faces is the laundrette to clean his clothes for the meet. With a long-standing irrational fear of the places - this may be his undoing. Will Jack manage to pull himself together?

With its deeply unsettling plasticized introductory panning across London to his flat and the unsettlingly-framed shots of the interior of his flat it's clear that AFFOE is not a straight-comedy as might be expected featuring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) as the leading man. What follows is rather dull in places, his fear really not carrying across to the audience as we are left to ponder just why Jack is so irrational. The gags largely come from slapstick and only the inclusion of a seriously surreal phone conversation with his therapist (played by Paul Freeman - Hot Fuzz) adds any notable entertainment.

The direction is wobbly by first timer Crispian Mills (the guy from Kula Shaker!
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I think you need to see this in the right frame of mind. To put things in perspective, I like non-hollywood blockbusters. I like Withnail, Life of Brian, Sexy Beast, Amelie, League of Gentlemen (film and TV series) and slightly quirky stuff.

I rate Simon Pegg but I've been generally disappointed with his post spaced/early film efforts, but I think this film has the potential to be a cult film of the next decade. I can see how it could be considered slow, but if you are patient and in the right mood, I think you might just love it.

It's very very theatrical. It's basically a stage play but more energetic than a stage play. It's very 'Pegg"; very 'League of gentleman'. It' has something. I think, like all cult films, it has a certain charm and 'feel' that makes it fun to watch and, I suspect, re-watch.

It could be sh*t, It could be original. It's may be a bit of both - I think I loved it.

If you like theatrical indulgence, a tongue in cheek bit of fun and you want something to watch and enjoy on a few levels (although whether high brow or not I am probably not quite bright enough to judge) I'd say, keep it for a private viewing with a couple of malts or a splif (if that's your thing) and enjoy the 'spaced-like' / 'league of gentlemen' feel that pervades.

If I was Simon Pegg, I'd say I was as proud of this as Spaced. But I'm not. So I won't.

If you watch it and think it's sh*t, I could understand that too - but for me, I considered it worth writing a review. I generally don't do that.
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This is a directorial début for Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell, and looks at the irrational fears people can often have. Simon Pegg plays Jack, a disturbed children's writer who's not really at ease with the world. He's got an agent, Clair (Clare Higgins - Hellraiser [1987], The Golden Compass [2007]) who's trying to get him to write a new novel. The only problem is, Jack's life is being over ran with problems; so how could he possibly write another book?

Why is he so disturbed? He's been researching Victorian killers for his book, now he feels he's going to be killed too!

This is an interesting film, Simon Pegg as funny as ever, and the supporting cast are brilliant too. This is probably the best British movie I have seen in quite some time, probably going back as far as Made In Dagenham. The scarier bits are more farcical than scary and the flat they used for Jack's place is funny too, and you can imagine this actually happening.

The star of the film had to be the doctor played by Paul Freeman, the amusing scene in his house is one of the funniest moments in the movie. I also enjoyed watching Amara Karan (Sangeta) as the woman trying to get her washing done - hopefully she'll be getting more roles after this.

Altogether not a bad movie, hopefully when this hits DVD it'll have a documentary, hopefully an interview with Simon Pegg and some out takes.
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At what first seems to be an interesting mainstream serial comedy premise with British boy done good Simon Pegg, slowly turns into something really rather quirky & bizarre with some genuine inspired idea's used in places along with some good laugh's. However getting there you have to sit through a lot of drawn out content just to see these little morsels of delight. Which depending on your take on things with this style over substance approach, will either be more than worth it, or simply not worth it at all.

A long haired & bearded Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) stars as Jack, a successful children's author whose main characters are a hedgehog & rabbit, taking the step into the murky waters of crime writing. As we meet him at home in his London flat where he has been some 3 weeks, researching into the most depraved serial killers from the Victorian era for his "Decades of Death" novel/script, he has become house bound & driven himself neurotic & paranoid, that he see's things that aren't there & jumps to the wrong conclusion about everything based on his research. As his agent gets him a meeting with a Hollywood executive, we follow Jack as *cough* intermittent *cough* comedy & mayhem ensues, as he tries to pull himself together & overcome his fear, to get to the meeting. Easier said than done.

I have to admit that i was tempted to turn this off after 30 minutes, but i found those morsels of delight too intriguing to pass up, even if it came at a cost of watching Simon Pegg in some brain searing underpants for a well over extended period of time.
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