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Clerks (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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This fully loaded 15th Anniversary Edition of Kevin Smith's legendary directorial debut is the one to own. Even more outrageous on Blu-ray and complete with new bonus material it's the most brilliant and uncompromising presentation yet. 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. With hilarious bonus features you should just plunk down your effin' cash now and add this to your collection of great movies.
Bonus Features Include: THEATRICAL VERSION: Classic Commentary Circa '95 featuring Kevin, Mos, Mewes, Brian And Others; Enhanced Playback Track Synchronized Trivia And Cast And Crew Quotes, Snowball Effect: The Story Of CLERKS, Mae Day: The Crumbling Of A Documentary With Intro By Kevin Smith & Scott Mosier, Outtakes From Snowball Effect, 10th Anniversary Q&A, THE FIRST CUT VERSION: The First Cut Audio Commentary With Kevin, Brian, Jeff, Mos And Mewes 3 Viewing Modes; 2004 Kevin Smith Intro, CLERKS: The Lost Scene Animated Short, The Flying Car, MTV Spots With Jay & Silent Bob, Theatrical Trailer, Soul Asylum Can't Even Tell Music Video, CLERKS Restoration, Original CLERKS Auditions
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. In the best tradition of first-time, ultra-low budget independent films, Smith uses Clerks as an audition piece, demonstrating that he not only can handle two-character comedy but also has an eye for action--as proven in a smoothly handled rooftop hockey scene. Smith himself appears as a silent figure who hangs out on the fringes of the store's property. --Tom Keogh
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Kevin Smith
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Black & White, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : November 17, 2009
- Actors : Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonhauer, Jason Mewes
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : Miramax Films
- ASIN : B002LMOCJ0
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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An example of the experiences the two clerks run into is a man who stops every person that goes into the Quick Stop to buy cigarettes. He pulls out what he claims is a person’s lung that has been decayed because of smoking cigarettes. He gets a small mob together and threatens to shut down the Quick Stop because it’s pedaling death sticks. It’s then revealed that he works for a gum company. Another time a woman with a small child asks Randal if he’s got a cartoon movie for her daughter. He tells her to wait as he has to place an order with a distributor. He then runs off a number of adult film titles right in front of the little kid.
The problem is what starts off as a quirky comedy eventually runs its course and starts getting dry with just a few exceptions. The conversations aren’t as interesting except for one scene involving Dante’s ex-girlfriend.
The View Askewniverse is one of the best comedy film series around. The first film Clerks, was the vision of Kevin Smith who maxed out credit cards and even sold his comic book collection to see it through.
The film is about Dante Hicks who has to work at Quickstop Groceries on his day off. He interacts with his best friend Randal Grave who works at RST Video and often messes with customers. And of course this film introduces Jay and Silent Bob, one of the greatest comedy duos around.
Over the course of the film, Dante has to deal with a chewing gum representative making an anti-smoking campaign, playing hockey on the roof, going to an ex-girlfriend's funeral, dealing with annoying customers, dealing with his ex-girlfriend Caitlin Bree getting married to an Asian design major, and his feelings for his current girlfriend, which ends with Caitlin accidentally having sex with a dead man and his girlfriend dumping him.
The extras on the Bluray were chock full of stuff too, which is totally expected of a Kevin Smith release, but I think they could have mined some of the fan-created material to give the viewer a sense of impact that Clerks had on society and the cinema-world as a whole. Eh, maybe a 20th Anniversary release we'll see that. :)
All in all, whether you are a first time viewer or a long time fan of Clerks, this Blu-ray release of Clerks is totally worth a purchase.
As for the DVD itself, a hallmark of ANY DVD with Kevin's name on it is the excellent value for your money -- you get not only the movie, but many concominant "bonus features" that are fantastic enough to warrant purchasing the DVD on their presence alone.
Another guaranteed feature of any Kevin Smith DVD is the "commentary" section (although there's one minor criticism I have on this point). Kevin, who invariably has many people connected to the movie (on-screen and off), leads a VERY funny running commentary (this applies not only to "Clerks," but any DVD). Side stories, heads-up pointers, and general analysis are all peppered with funny and insightful thoughts. One feels almost as if you were watching a favorite movie with a bunch of friends who are making an effort to ensure that you're in on the joke.
(Minor criticism time: One (unfortunate) side effect of a KS doing DVD commentary is his habit of naming what seems like each and every actor who appears on screen, no matter how minor. It can have the effect (and at times did have the effect on the Clerks DVD) of making it feel like you were watching a home movie. I don't care that the guy who watched Lenin's Tomb take a sandbox break owned the theater where auditions were held, nor that his wife played opposite Jeff Anderson's famous "I don't appreciate your ruse" scene. Still, it's a VERY minor point in the whole big scheme of things, although I note that Kev's still doing it even as recent as the Clerks: Animated Series DVDs (those are even funnier than the "Clerks" DVD, by the way)).
Whew. Ok, I'm done now, which leads me to wonder why I'm still typing. I'll just click something now.
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Clerks is the celebration of people with no talent or ambition, but truly funny and funnily true.
One day at the Quick Stop store as Dante's life gets flipped around and Randell does everything he can to upset every person who comes into the store.
The ordering of the videos had me crying with laughter.
DO NOT ORDER IF BAD LANGUAGE OFFENDS YOU!
There are a lot of extras with this. The documentary about the film was very interesting and it was good to see the original ending and also get a new commentary on the film.
At the talk given to celebrate its 10th anniversary it was interesting to see just how many fans there looked just like Kevin Smith.