Starring: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith Director: Steve Bendelack The film: Based on the British cult television comedy series The League of Gentlemen, this full-length feature was a short-lived summer hit in Britain this year. It's not necessary to have seen the TV show in order to jump into this film, because there aren't any in-the-know references. Indeed, it takes a detour from its roots in the fictional village of Royston Vasey. Although the village features occasionally, as the target of the said apocalypse, the original League mainstays (Tubbs, Edward, Herr Lipp, Pauline, Mickey and Papa Lazarou, among others), played by writers-cum-actors Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, venture into fresh terrain. The apocalypse that's triggered Royston Vasey's degeneration is, according to the storyline, the result of the writers having trashed the concept to begin work on a new comedy, set in medieval times. So, much of the backdrop is 'the real' world in which the show's writers live and work. A fair bit also is set in the new comedy show's fictional world of 17th-century Britain. The League characters find an other-worldly portal by which they can enter both, in order to sabotage the historical comedy and convince Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith to continue with the series, thus saving Royston Vasey. Despite a host of British comedians as guests - the likes of Bernard Hill, Peter Kay, Simon Pegg and Victoria Wood - Apocalypse is short on big laughs. British horror actor David Warner often steals the limelight as an over-the-top medieval tyrant. And a creature called a homunculus, created with great use of stop-motion animation rather than CGI, recalls the not-very-realistic type of monster seen in 1963's Jason and the Argonauts. The extras: There's a long list of goodies, but each lasts for just 10-15 minutes. There's a 'making of' featurette (The Real Royston Vasey); a documentary on the village of Hadfield, where the series and film were shot, presented by Pemberton as Pauline; A Cast of Thousands documentary on the four main actors; A Gentleman's Diary - a videocam account of 24 hours of production last October, by Pemberton; deleted scenes; out-takes; a photo gallery that unfolds in auto-slideshow; trailers; and a funny audio commentary track in which the four creators appear more humorous than the script. The verdict: Although each extras segment is a bit brief, it's these and watching the movie with commentary that will amuse most. The film on its own can't hold the attention.