'Kevin Smith - Movie Collection'
(Ethan Suplee, Ben Affleck, Kevin Smith, et al / 3-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2009 / Miramax)
Overview: If you like your comedy hip, smart and “Blu,” get ready for these Kevin Smith classics as you’ve never seen them before as Miramax Films presents The Kevin Smith Collection: Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back!
Blu Ray Verdict: 'Clerks' - Before Kevin Smith became a Hollywood darling with Chasing Amy, a film he wrote and directed, he made this $27,000 comedy about real-life experiences working for chump change at a New Jersey convenience store. A rude, foul-mouthed collection of anecdotes about the responsibilities that go with being on the wrong side of the till, the film is also a relationship story that takes some hilarious turns once the lovers start revealing their sexual histories to one another.
This film is a quite brilliant independent cult comedy which marked the debut of writer-director-actor Kevin Smith and is one of the 90's best and original comedies. Here this movie gives us original characters that no one will forget including the live-action equalant to Beavis and Butt-Head known as Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) and Jay (Jason Mews) who are badass stoner characters.
I love how the clerks in this movie are speaking to each other about movies including on which Star Wars is better and how they goof around when they are suppose to work. The film is very funny but it does contain very vulger language that aren't for virgin ears but however this comedy surely isn't for everyone.
'Chasing Amy' - Writer-director Kevin Smith (Clerks) makes a huge leap in sophistication with this strong story about a comic-book artist (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams) and actually gets his wish that she love him, too.
Well, this film is what a romantic comedy would be if they were written for intelligent adults and didn't present a ridiculous, unrealistic, sanitized, idealistic, and somewhat insulting view of love. It's the story of a comic book writer whose artistic dreams aren't being fulfilled by the populist "d!ck and fart jokes" that make up his commercial success so far. Trying to tell us something about yourself, Mr. Smith? He meets a charming girl from his hometown, falls for her, and gets all ready and set for his happily ever after.
Then she starts making out with some chick at a bar. For a long time. Well, at least his friend gets to see what he usually pays to watch for free and in person. But sexuality is a funny and -with some people- fluid thing. Maybe he's got a shot. After all, aren't all lesbians just spinning their wheels until a big strong man comes along to protect them? Not bloody likely.
And even if he could snag such a goddess, could he really deal with the sordid past of a former wild child? Would it be worth his friendship with his a-hole of a co-writer? These are all versions of the basic questions you need to ask yourself before entering into a serious relationship.
'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' - With sidesplitting dialogue and rampant profanity, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back reunites Kevin Smith's dynamic duo in supreme lowbrow style. It's the fifth comedy in Smith's celebrated New Jersey "trilogy." Here Quick-Stop potheads Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) wreak vengeance on Hollywood, where Miramax is making a "Bluntman & Chronic" feature inspired by J. and S.B., but without their permission.
Hmmmm, well, just when I thought it couldn't get any dumber, I just gave in and went with it, and was actually entertained as a result. I think it was when the van load of hot chicks that picked up Jay and Silent Bob revealed that they were actually a gang of international jewel thieves, got into skintight latex cat suits and began to bend over and stretch in preparation for the big heist.
Sure, the wish fulfillment principle was at work, big time, but so what? That is the secret of Kevin Smith's whole oeuvre: every under or overweight kid in the audience can identify because he has had the exact same fantasy.
The only difference is Kevin Smith did something about making those fantasies a reality, even if he has to cast himself as the most self-deprecating character of all in this self-referential self-parody of a flick. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Introduction By Kevin Smith
"Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party: The Making of Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back"
Theatrical Version of the Film
Classic Commentary (1995)
Enhanced Playback Track – synchronized trivia and cast & crew quotes
“The First Cut” Version
Kevin Smith Intro (2004)
“The First Cut” Audio Commentary (with New Authoring / 3 viewing modes)
Clerks: The Lost Scene – Animated Short
“The Flying Car”
“Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks”
Outtakes From “Snowball Effect”
“Mae Day: The Crumbling Of A Documentary” With Intro By Kevin Smith And Scott Mosier
10th Anniversary Q & A
MTV Spots With Jay & Silent Bob
Soul Asylum “Can’t Even Tell” Music Video
“Tracing Amy: The Chasing Amy Doc”
"Was It Something I Said?” – A Conversation With Kevin & Joey
10 Years Later Q & A – With Kevin Smith And The Cast
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director/Actor Kevin Smith and Producer Scott Mosier
JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
Audio Commentary – Director Kevin Smith, Producer/Editor Scott Mosier & Jason Mewes