RECORD STORE DAY GETS GEEKY WITH SCOTT PILGRIM AND GHOSTBUSTERS

Record Store Day is April 19th and the closer we get, the more info on exclusive releases trickles out. Sure, there’s plenty of cool stuff from all your favorite obscure indie bands or whatever (like a 5 LP set of LCD Soundsystem’s last show!), but what’s REALLY awesome is the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game soundtrack featuring sexy tunes from Anamanaguchi. If that’s not enough awesomesauce to pour down your pants, there’s also a single of "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. with the original song plus dance remixes, but more importantly, it glows in the motherfreaking dark.

Record Store Day is a way to celebrate and support independently owned record stores all over the world. Each year musicians release exclusive rare vinyls and, in a way, it’s kind of like collecting Pokémon. Check out the full list of releases announced so far here and be sure to check with your local record store to make sure they’re ordering that weird rare thing you want.

Fantastic Video Essay on Style and Scott Pilgrim
From Drew Morton comes a fantastic video essay on the concept of remediation that uses Scott Pilgrim, among other media, to explore the connection of games, film and other mediums.
This video essay is fantastic. After studying remediation for a long time during a video game class a few semesters ago, I can honestly say that this is the best source that sums up what remediation and how media is all connected for those who want to get into the subject.

You can follow Drew Morton on Twitter.
(Spotted on Indiewire)
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Fantastic Video Essay on Style and Scott Pilgrim

From Drew Morton comes a fantastic video essay on the concept of remediation that uses Scott Pilgrim, among other media, to explore the connection of games, film and other mediums.

This video essay is fantastic. After studying remediation for a long time during a video game class a few semesters ago, I can honestly say that this is the best source that sums up what remediation and how media is all connected for those who want to get into the subject.

You can follow Drew Morton on Twitter.

(Spotted on Indiewire)

Check It: More Scott Pilgrim on Albotas
Buy It: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Boxset
Epic Sex Bob-Omb vs The Twins T-shirt
Remember that amazing scene in Scott Pilgrim vs The World where Sex Bob-Omb had an amp versus amp battle against the Katayanagi twins and both bands manifested rock demons that battled each other? Best. Movie. Scene. EVER!
Designed by Bamboota, this is available on TeeFury.com for just $10, but only until midnight tonight. I’m gonna’ go out on a limb and say this is the greatest TeeFury shirt I’ve ever seen.

Epic Sex Bob-Omb vs The Twins T-shirt

Remember that amazing scene in Scott Pilgrim vs The World where Sex Bob-Omb had an amp versus amp battle against the Katayanagi twins and both bands manifested rock demons that battled each other? Best. Movie. Scene. EVER!

Designed by Bamboota, this is available on TeeFury.com for just $10, but only until midnight tonight. I’m gonna’ go out on a limb and say this is the greatest TeeFury shirt I’ve ever seen.

The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2-disk Blu-ray/DVD combo is just $11.99 on Amazon right now. That’s 56% off the original price of $26.98, holmes! You should probably go get it since it’s already a cult classic and one of the most under-rated (box office wise) flicks to come out in years. Plus, the special features are the shiznit and there’s a buttload of ‘em.
Buy it now, fools!

The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2-disk Blu-ray/DVD combo is just $11.99 on Amazon right now. That’s 56% off the original price of $26.98, holmes! You should probably go get it since it’s already a cult classic and one of the most under-rated (box office wise) flicks to come out in years. Plus, the special features are the shiznit and there’s a buttload of ‘em.

Buy it now, fools!

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World In 60 Seconds.

If you haven’t seen the movie or read the books yet, you might want to skip this one until you stop being lame. Seriously, go watch the movie.

This was made by the same dudes who made the Pokémon Apocalypse trailer for a Fake Film festival in Canada. For more info check out scottpilgrimvs60seconds.wordpress.com.

[Via Gamertell]

Daily Graffiti: Scott Pilgrim Time-lapse Graffiti Video by J@P INC PRODUCTIONS.

Inspired by the Scott Pilgrim vs The World video game.

Check out the Daily Graffiti Archives for more geektastic street art!

Scott Pilgrim vs The World is out on Blu-ray and DVD today. Fucking buy it.

You’ve been drooling over every trailer, screenshot, and poster for months. You’ve been playing the game non-stop. And now, after years of waiting, Edgar Wright’s live-action adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malleys 6-volume graphic novel, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is finally in theaters. And it’s good. Real good.
If you’ve never read any of the books and have somehow managed to miss the trailers and TV spots, the plot goes a little something like this: Scott Pilgrim is your basic 20-something slacker. He lives with his gay roommate and they share a bed, but in a totally non-gay way. He plays bass in a band called Sex Bob-omb with his friend Steven Stills (the talent) and ex-girlfriend Kim Pine (his ex.) He’s also dating a 17-year-old Chinese school girl - a Catholic school girl with the skirt and everything.
Then one day this girl Scott’s never seen before rollerblades through his dreams. Then one day he sees her, like, in real life, and that’s where things get complicated; this girl is Ramona Flowers and in order to date her, Scott must defeat her league of evil exes, most of whom have some kind of superpower, like Todd Ingram, the evil Super Saiyan/Jedi whose “The Force” like powers are made possible by the fact that he’s a vegan. Seriously.
Needless to say, Scot Pilgrim vs The World doesn’t take place in the real world. Just like in video games, bad guys turn into coins when they die, characters can level up and learn new abilities, and people can do all sorts of crazy shit like teleport and summon monsters from their amps. Over the top? Quite. Awesome as hell? Fuck yes.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World manages to stay faithful to the source material while also being different enough to stand on it’s own. As is the case with most movie adaptations, it’s not exactly like the comics, but that’s not a bad thing by any stretch.
That’s not to say the movie doesn’t have its flaws, because it does, but they’re few and far between. By the time the high notes kick in, you’ll forget all about the low notes because you’ll be busy having your face rocked into pieces by a fury of video game references, rock and roll, hyper-stylized special effects, insane fight scenes, and lots of people being turned into piles of coins.

The References. Seriously, this may be one of the first movies to accurately portray nerd culture. Whether Scott’s playing the bassline from Final Fantasy, explaining how Pac-Man was originally going to be called Puck-Man, or when Young Niel’s asked what he plays (as in, what instrument) and he responds with answers like Zelda and Tetris, none of the nods and references ever feel forced. It’s also nice to see nerds represented as cool kids for once.
And the references aren’t just gaming-related either. Anyone who grew up going to local punk/indie shows, has ever shopped at Goodwill to be stylish, or has ever known a pretentious vegan who’s broken vegan edge will totally find this flick relateable.
The Music. Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic version has lots of scenes with music, but since it’s a comic, you just have to imagine what it sounds like. The actual music in the film is most likely better than what you imagined. It’s silly, but takes itself seriously enough that it actually sounds good. Like "Launchpad McQuack" (not the real title), the first song Sex Bob-Omb plays during the opening credits. It’s dirty, fuzzy, and full of rock. Or Sex Bob-Omb’s song about being a garbage truck driver. It’s melancholy tones & grooves with Micheal Cera’s high-pitched backup harmonies are actually kind of catchy. Even the song played by Clash At Demon Head, fronted by Scott’s ex, Amy Adams, seems like the sort of thing you’d find on the iPod of any 20-something with a hipsterish sense of musical taste these days.
The cast. Everyone was spot-fucking-on. While Micheal Cera played a good Scott, a few of the supporting characters managed to steal each and every scene they were in.
Ellen Wong as Knives Chau was just adorably brilliant and her subtly cute body language brought the comic panels to life perfectly.
Kieran Culkin as Scott’s gay roommate, Wallace Wells, almost stole the whole movie at times. At first it might seem like the character is just a cheap gay joke, but he’s also Scott’s voice of reason, giving him pep-talks to boost his courage, while kind of being a dick at the same time, but in a funny way. It’s maybe safe to say the movie version of Wallace trumps the comic version.
And then there’s Chris Evans as Lucas Lee. Maybe the most entertaining performance in the whole movie. You’ll find it hard not to consider Lucas your favorite evil ex.
The special effects. Edgar Wright made a smart choice by incorporating comic-styled effect sounds in the film. They’re not super cheesy like in the old 1960’s Bat-Man show, and they help enforce the idea that everything is taking place in a fantasy world. But they’re just the tip of the special effects iceberg. Hyper-stylized fight sequences are full of anime-esque speed lines, characters summon giant dragons and beasts made of pure electricity from their amps, and during the climactic final battle, characters become outlined in flashing red pixels when they’re low on health. It’s blend of both comic and video game imagery that’s never been seen in a movie before, and it’s truly a sight to behold.

The first few minutes. Seriously, I was worried. It felt like a checklist of scenes from the comic being played in short bursts with total disregard for whether or not it was seamless. Although it stumbles a bit in the beginning, it gains momentum pretty quick and goes from awkward stumble to insane aerial acrobatic kick-assery.
It doesn’t end like the comics. Okay, so the final volume of the book hadn’t even been released yet by the time shooting for the film wrapped up, so some differences are totally forgivable. But the end of the books did a better job with explaining a few things like why Ramona could Rollerblade through Scott’s dreams in the first place. It also did a better job at tying up some loose ends like Scott’s personal issues, finding closure with Kim, etc. And Gideon was WAY more evil in the books.
But the ending did manage to do some things better which kind of makes up for things. The encounter with NegaScott was hilarious, and the whole scene where Scott uses his 1-up? Fucking brilliant and loads better than the book. Oh, and when the boss battle goes into 2-player mode!? Jesus balls, I think I might’ve cried. I definitely had goosebumps.
Sure, it’s not exactly like the movie, but it stays close enough while carving out it’s own respectable spot in the Scott Pilgrim universe. Scott Pilgrim vs The World encapsulates an entire generation of kids who grew up on video games, anime, comic books, and indie music culture. You’ll leave the theater more than completely satisfied that the overall spirit of the books remained in tact, and that’s what matters most.

You’ve been drooling over every trailer, screenshot, and poster for months. You’ve been playing the game non-stop. And now, after years of waiting, Edgar Wright’s live-action adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malleys 6-volume graphic novel, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is finally in theaters. And it’s good. Real good.

If you’ve never read any of the books and have somehow managed to miss the trailers and TV spots, the plot goes a little something like this: Scott Pilgrim is your basic 20-something slacker. He lives with his gay roommate and they share a bed, but in a totally non-gay way. He plays bass in a band called Sex Bob-omb with his friend Steven Stills (the talent) and ex-girlfriend Kim Pine (his ex.) He’s also dating a 17-year-old Chinese school girl - a Catholic school girl with the skirt and everything.

Then one day this girl Scott’s never seen before rollerblades through his dreams. Then one day he sees her, like, in real life, and that’s where things get complicated; this girl is Ramona Flowers and in order to date her, Scott must defeat her league of evil exes, most of whom have some kind of superpower, like Todd Ingram, the evil Super Saiyan/Jedi whose “The Force” like powers are made possible by the fact that he’s a vegan. Seriously.

Needless to say, Scot Pilgrim vs The World doesn’t take place in the real world. Just like in video games, bad guys turn into coins when they die, characters can level up and learn new abilities, and people can do all sorts of crazy shit like teleport and summon monsters from their amps. Over the top? Quite. Awesome as hell? Fuck yes.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World manages to stay faithful to the source material while also being different enough to stand on it’s own. As is the case with most movie adaptations, it’s not exactly like the comics, but that’s not a bad thing by any stretch.

That’s not to say the movie doesn’t have its flaws, because it does, but they’re few and far between. By the time the high notes kick in, you’ll forget all about the low notes because you’ll be busy having your face rocked into pieces by a fury of video game references, rock and roll, hyper-stylized special effects, insane fight scenes, and lots of people being turned into piles of coins.


The References. Seriously, this may be one of the first movies to accurately portray nerd culture. Whether Scott’s playing the bassline from Final Fantasy, explaining how Pac-Man was originally going to be called Puck-Man, or when Young Niel’s asked what he plays (as in, what instrument) and he responds with answers like Zelda and Tetris, none of the nods and references ever feel forced. It’s also nice to see nerds represented as cool kids for once.

And the references aren’t just gaming-related either. Anyone who grew up going to local punk/indie shows, has ever shopped at Goodwill to be stylish, or has ever known a pretentious vegan who’s broken vegan edge will totally find this flick relateable.

The Music. Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic version has lots of scenes with music, but since it’s a comic, you just have to imagine what it sounds like. The actual music in the film is most likely better than what you imagined. It’s silly, but takes itself seriously enough that it actually sounds good. Like "Launchpad McQuack" (not the real title), the first song Sex Bob-Omb plays during the opening credits. It’s dirty, fuzzy, and full of rock. Or Sex Bob-Omb’s song about being a garbage truck driver. It’s melancholy tones & grooves with Micheal Cera’s high-pitched backup harmonies are actually kind of catchy. Even the song played by Clash At Demon Head, fronted by Scott’s ex, Amy Adams, seems like the sort of thing you’d find on the iPod of any 20-something with a hipsterish sense of musical taste these days.

The cast. Everyone was spot-fucking-on. While Micheal Cera played a good Scott, a few of the supporting characters managed to steal each and every scene they were in.

Ellen Wong as Knives Chau was just adorably brilliant and her subtly cute body language brought the comic panels to life perfectly.

Kieran Culkin as Scott’s gay roommate, Wallace Wells, almost stole the whole movie at times. At first it might seem like the character is just a cheap gay joke, but he’s also Scott’s voice of reason, giving him pep-talks to boost his courage, while kind of being a dick at the same time, but in a funny way. It’s maybe safe to say the movie version of Wallace trumps the comic version.

And then there’s Chris Evans as Lucas Lee. Maybe the most entertaining performance in the whole movie. You’ll find it hard not to consider Lucas your favorite evil ex.

The special effects. Edgar Wright made a smart choice by incorporating comic-styled effect sounds in the film. They’re not super cheesy like in the old 1960’s Bat-Man show, and they help enforce the idea that everything is taking place in a fantasy world. But they’re just the tip of the special effects iceberg. Hyper-stylized fight sequences are full of anime-esque speed lines, characters summon giant dragons and beasts made of pure electricity from their amps, and during the climactic final battle, characters become outlined in flashing red pixels when they’re low on health. It’s blend of both comic and video game imagery that’s never been seen in a movie before, and it’s truly a sight to behold.


The first few minutes. Seriously, I was worried. It felt like a checklist of scenes from the comic being played in short bursts with total disregard for whether or not it was seamless. Although it stumbles a bit in the beginning, it gains momentum pretty quick and goes from awkward stumble to insane aerial acrobatic kick-assery.

It doesn’t end like the comics. Okay, so the final volume of the book hadn’t even been released yet by the time shooting for the film wrapped up, so some differences are totally forgivable. But the end of the books did a better job with explaining a few things like why Ramona could Rollerblade through Scott’s dreams in the first place. It also did a better job at tying up some loose ends like Scott’s personal issues, finding closure with Kim, etc. And Gideon was WAY more evil in the books.

But the ending did manage to do some things better which kind of makes up for things. The encounter with NegaScott was hilarious, and the whole scene where Scott uses his 1-up? Fucking brilliant and loads better than the book. Oh, and when the boss battle goes into 2-player mode!? Jesus balls, I think I might’ve cried. I definitely had goosebumps.

Sure, it’s not exactly like the movie, but it stays close enough while carving out it’s own respectable spot in the Scott Pilgrim universe. Scott Pilgrim vs The World encapsulates an entire generation of kids who grew up on video games, anime, comic books, and indie music culture. You’ll leave the theater more than completely satisfied that the overall spirit of the books remained in tact, and that’s what matters most.

Check out the Scott Pilgrim video game pitch video.

More references/ripoffs of games like Mega Man 2 and Ninja Gaiden. Also, some chiptune covers of songs by The White Stripes, The Ramones, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Pumtree.

We almost wanna’ see what this version would have been like, but we’re busy playing the super awesome version that was just released yesterday.

[Via ComicsAlliance]

The Scott Pilgrim Movie Trailer Recreated From The Comics

Craziness.

YouTube user Mr Blond 2010 says:

This is a recreation of the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Theatrical Trailer. I used images from the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel and matched the trailer as best I could. Also you may see things here that differ from the trailer and that is because there are things in the movie that aren’t in the graphic novel and vice versa. I do not own any of the video, audio or images, Universal and the creator Bryan Lee O’Malley do. Enjoy

Aside from some minor dialogue changes, it’s pretty awesome to see how faithful the film stays to the source.

[Via /Film]

Scott Pilgrim vs the World On PSN Today!!!

But then again, you probably already knew this. You probably also knew that you’d be buying this and then playing the living shit out of it for days on end with no concern for sleep, grown-up responsibilities, or your own personal hygiene, you Stinky McStinkerson, you. Don’t worry, we totally get it.

And for those who don’t get it, just watch the trailer above. We’ll wait.

Back? See? Now you get it.

[Via The PlayStation Blog]

Check out the interactive trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs The World. There’s all sorts of behind-the-scenes bonus videos and audio commentary and you gotta’ love the Nintendo-ish pixels all over the place. You can even unlock achievements for downloadable wallpapers and other goodies.
(Video embedded below for all you Tumblr peeps viewing this on your dashboard)




Protip: Instead of clicking all over the place like a mad man (like I did) you can just wait until the end and click ‘Reveal All’.
[Via /Film]

Check out the interactive trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs The World. There’s all sorts of behind-the-scenes bonus videos and audio commentary and you gotta’ love the Nintendo-ish pixels all over the place. You can even unlock achievements for downloadable wallpapers and other goodies.

(Video embedded below for all you Tumblr peeps viewing this on your dashboard)

Protip: Instead of clicking all over the place like a mad man (like I did) you can just wait until the end and click ‘Reveal All’.

[Via /Film]

Here’s a sneak peek at the Scott Pilgrim animated short produced by Adult Swim.
Scott Pilgrim vs The Animation airs in two parts on Adult Swim on Thursday, August 12 aka the day before the movie hits theaters. The animated short is basically the flashback scene from Vol. 2 of the comics where Scott meets Kim Pine.
The short will air in two separate parts during commercial breaks between 12 and 12:30 am and it’ll be available for streaming on the Adult Swim site the next day.
Check out the sneak peek vid below.

And here’s the TV spot promoting the short:
[Via /Film]

Here’s a sneak peek at the Scott Pilgrim animated short produced by Adult Swim.

Scott Pilgrim vs The Animation airs in two parts on Adult Swim on Thursday, August 12 aka the day before the movie hits theaters. The animated short is basically the flashback scene from Vol. 2 of the comics where Scott meets Kim Pine.

The short will air in two separate parts during commercial breaks between 12 and 12:30 am and it’ll be available for streaming on the Adult Swim site the next day.

Check out the sneak peek vid below.

And here’s the TV spot promoting the short:

[Via /Film]

Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game gets a zombie mode code!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been wanting a zombie-killing game with Paul Robertson sprites ever since you first saw the famous GIF below.

At the title screen, just enter: down, up, right, down, up, right, down, up, right, right, right.

An easy way to remember it is “dur dur durrr”.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game hits the PlayStation Store on August 10th for $15,  but you can head over to Ubisoft’s online shop to pre-order it for $9.99 and get an extra $1 off by using the coupon code 10THANKS. $9 for a $15 game isn’t bad at all, and you even get an exclusive Sex Bob-omb shirt for your PlayStation Home avatar, but I don’t think anyone still fucks with Home, so whatevs. Sweet deal, though!

[Via Kotaku]

Check out the overworld map for the upcoming Scott Pilgrim game! Clearly an homage to SMB 3, and, clearly, it freaking rules.
Seems like the collective gaming universe is pumped like a pair of Reeboks to play this game, regardless of whether they’ve read the comics or not. This shit better not suck, but NASA documents reveal that there’s a 99.99999999% chance that it won’t.*
[Via good game get!]
*I totally just made that shit up.

Check out the overworld map for the upcoming Scott Pilgrim game! Clearly an homage to SMB 3, and, clearly, it freaking rules.

Seems like the collective gaming universe is pumped like a pair of Reeboks to play this game, regardless of whether they’ve read the comics or not. This shit better not suck, but NASA documents reveal that there’s a 99.99999999% chance that it won’t.*

[Via good game get!]

*I totally just made that shit up.

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