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Clerks (SE)
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Oct 18, 2004 By: Johnny Moreno
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Director:
Kevin Smith

Actors:
Brian O'Halloran
Jeff Anderson
Jason Mewes

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Dante Hicks gets called into his shitty convenience store job on his day off and finds that things pretty much go downhill from there. Luckily (or not), his buddy Randal from the neighboring video store spends most of the day with him, berating customers and taking stock of Dante’s love life, which is a whole other story. Fact of the matter is, he’s not even supposed to be there today. (Rim shot)
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Really, it’s difficult to find an angle that hasn’t already been covered when discussing CLERKS. I could start off by making silly statements and proclamations about how important or critical this is to independent film. Or movies as a whole. Or how Kevin is the “voice of the voiceless”. Or some equally drivel shite like that. What I will say is that ten years and 14,052 viewings later-from shitty re-dubbed videotapes, to laser disc and finally DVD-- I can still laugh at loud watching this. Uproariously even. And what more can you ask out of a movie?

CLERKS is like that old girlfriend (assuming you’ve ever had one), a “friend with benefits” if you will; really, you just call her up on a whim, get together and wind up banging each other silly. And afterwards, there’s no hollow promises or assumptions. Nothing like “I’ll call you tomorrow” or “let’s go out for drinks sometime”. No love lost or gained. The beauty of it is you can throw CLERKS on at any time, in any mood, and for ninety minutes (the sex metaphor’s gone at this point, Minute-Man!) completely forget /or sympathize with someone else who shares your plight, whether it be your job, your lazy ass friend, your parents, your girlfriend, the warts on your….. And unlike an old girlfriend, CLERKS will always remain stuck in time, yet its charm, humor and “twenty-something, going nowhere” message will continue to be as prevalent now as it was back then and beyond. Oh, and its tits won’t sag to the knees or anything either.
THE EXTRAS
DISC 1:

Disc 1 contains the theatrical version of the film with a new and pretty good looking transfer (all things considered) and the old school audio commentary with Kevin and Co. when Mewes was passed out on the floor. There’s also the animated “Lost Scene” that takes place inside Julie Dwyer’s funeral, those MTV spots from a few years ago which is nice to have in one place, music videos, original audition tapes and “Restoration Intros” that talks about, of all things, the audio and video restoration of the movie. Also an Enhanced Playback trivia track that gives tidbits about the making of and other good stuff.

DISC 2:

This has the original version that was shown for Sundance, with a new audio (and video) commentary from Kevin, Scott, Jason, Randal and Dante. As always the dudes are funnier than hell and constantly rip on each other for no reason at all (is there ever one?) In the first cut version, scenes go on a little longer, the picture is terrible, the audio is iffy at best, the editing isn’t so much editing as it’s a “collage” of scenes spliced together, but damn if I don’t love the primitiveness of it all. A character unto itself. And it really is a testament to the performances and most of all Kevin’s writing that garnered the attention of some well to do people who, though it may look and sound like recycled monkey doink, actually took a chance on it and subsequently garnered even MORE attention from people in the know. Bomba, baby.

DISC 3:

The third disc is the mother load of all things Askew. The main feature on this is an informative (and God damn it if it wasn’t sometimes touching) documentary called “The Snowball Effect”, which is without a single cum shot being spit back into a dude’s mouth. It follows Kevin from his beginnings in what he calls “bumfuck New Jersey” to his dropping out of film school in Vancouver to make a movie and finally to the Miramax acquisition and distribution of Clerks. By the time it ends, you feel (if you haven’t already throughout the guy’s career) you just watched the story of one of your best buds, the guy you used to get high and chase girls with, totally thrust himself into independent film stardom. Instead of thrusting himself into your snack cakes every time he ransacked the pantry in your house.

The other cool feature on the third disc is Kevin and Scott Mosier’s film school project called, MAE DAY: THE CRUMBLING OF A DOCUMENTARY. Hilarious in that not only did the documentary completely fall apart (hence the name), but that the other students involved with making the documentary really despised Kevin and Scott’s work ethic (or lack thereof). Remember the “3 P’s”.

You also get some outtakes of the Snowball doc, photo galleries, a bunch of articles and reviews on Clerks, Kevin’s production and Sundance journals, and a 10th Anniversary Q&A with the cast where one “fan” talks smack about the quality of the picture and chides the cast about various things. You wonder why he didn’t get his ass beat or booed off the mic. And speaking of ass, you get to see Jay’s ass crack in one of the menus. Yowza!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The Clinic can’t stress a purchase recommendation strong enough. View Askew has packed TONS of cool shit in here that dwarfs your RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION Special Editions. Dwarfs your FEAR AND LOATHING... Criterion Collection. And it might even, dare I say, dwarf your FIGHT CLUB Special Edition. But probably not.
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