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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kevin Smith Blu-Ray Box Set Review!

Kevin Smith Blu-Ray Box Set Review!

You can purchase this blu-ray box set online today!

Synopsis: CLERKS is one wild day in the life of a pair of overworked counter jockeys whose razor-sharp wit and on-the-job antics give a whole new meaning to customer service.

CHASING AMY: Filled with Smith's unique ear for dialogue and insight into relationships, CHASING AMY offers a thoughtful, funny look at how perceptions alter lives, and how obsession and self-doubt skew reality.

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK: Wildly irreverent and packed with stars, including Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Jason Lee and more, the hilarious conclusion of Jay and Silent Bob's story is big entertainment.

Review: Miramax hasn't released much from Kevin Smith on blu-ray as of yet. This new box set is a fantastic way to get started. It includes the hits Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Clerks is, of course, a cult classic and definately a magnum opus for Kevin Smith's career. It perfectly represents a 1990s indie mentality. To see it in high definition is cool. Its a film completely done in black and white, so it honestly doesn't add a lot, but its a must-have in your upgrade collection.
Chasing Amy is probably my least favorite of the Kevin Smith films. Its not that its a terrible film, it just doesn't hold the same great characterization and humor that the others do. It was an experiment and in my opinion it failed. It does look good in high-definition, though.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was a spoof to begin with. It was meant to be silly, and silly it is Its really a funny film if you can let go and be absolutely goofy. If not, its probably not for you. The 1080p high-definition transfer came out great. Its fun to watch it again in high-def.
I personally would've rather seen a set like Clerks, Mallrats and Clerks 2, but you know they just don't consult me enough about these matters, lol. Regardless, its a great set with three solid films to get your high definition blu-ray library bulked up with Kevin Smith goodness.
The blu-rays for Clerks and Chasing Amy do include a few extras that their DVD counterparts did not. The list is as follows:


Miramax Films 1994 Rated R 92 minutes

"Oh What a Lovely Tea Party: The Making of JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK" (1:30:00) This exceptionally long documentary was filmed by Smith's wife and gives a behind the scenes look as they film the Jay and Silent Bob film. Why this is included on the CLERKS blu-ray and not the JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK blu-ray though is a complete mystery.
CLERKS lost scene (10:00) An animated short
"The Flying Car" (8:00) A short film from "The Tonight Show"
MTV spots with Jay and Silent Bob
Theatrical Trailer (2:00)
Soul Asylum "Can't Even Tell" music video (5:00)
CLERKS restoration
Original auditions (14:33)
"Snowball Effect" (1:30:00) A comprehensive documentary on the filming of CLERKS and its lasting influence
"Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary" (11:00) Smith's first film school project
Outtakes from "Snowball Effect"
10th Anniversary Q&A (42:00)
"First Cut" of film as well as "Theatrical Version"
Audio Commentary-"Theatrical Version": Classic commentary circa 1995
Audio Commentary-"Theatrical Version": Enhanced playback track with synchronized trivia and cast and crew quotes
Audio Commentary-"First Cut"


Miramax Films 1997 Rated R 113 minutes

"Tracing Amy: The CHASING AMY DOCUMENTARY" (1:21:07)
"Was it Something I Said? A Conversation with Kevin and Joey" (18:05) While this is touted as being one of the new features for blu-ray, the material Smith and Adams talk about is pretty much identical to that which is found in the "Tracing Amy" documentary
10 Years Later Q&A (27:45)
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical trailer


Dimension Films 2001 Rated R 104 minutes

Audio Commentary

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars