Edgar Wright and Nick Frost were on hand at Comic-Con to reveal details on the DVD release of Hot Fuzz, available now. The filmmakers themselves are responsible for many of the disc’s special features, so expect tons of funnier-than-average extras.
Hot Fuzz nabbed an impressive 90 percent Tomatometer rating earlier this year (especially good for an action comedy flick) and surpassed the success of 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, which first launched the creative team of Wright and Simon Pegg, as well as co-star Frost, into British comedy history. Upon its release the film earned $40 million in the U.K. but only half that figure in American theaters, but Wright has faith in the power of DVD sales.
“It’s nice that in the U.K. Hot Fuzz was a major huge hit, like it made $40 million dollars, and then over here it’s more of a cult thing,” Wright said. “That’s kind of cool. The DVD is going to help that…Shaun of the Dead became more of a thing through DVD than it did at the box office, and hopefully it will be the same with this.”
Among the more unique DVD extras is a feature called “Hot Funk” — a collection of all the swear word replacements recorded for the television-friendly version.
“I always thought that the TV versions of ’80s action films like Lethal Weapon and Die Hard and RoboCop were amazing in terms of like so many things they’ve given us like ‘melon farmer,’ ‘muddy funkster,’ you know, ‘forget you!’ Wright explained. “We wanted to kind of come up with some good ones, so we’ve got ‘funk,’ ‘silt,’ ‘Mother Hubbard,’ ‘peas and rice’…we had a lot of fun doing the TV safe version. And also to replace the ‘C’ word we got to take, from The Nutty Professor the word ‘Klump.’ That’s a good sort of like dialogue replacement as well.”
If you’re a superfan, also check out the Fuzz-O-Meter trivia track to learn all the cop movie references hidden within the film. “There are obviously very explicit references in the film like Point Break and Bad Boys II, but for the most part the other references are pretty sly.”