Clerks (Collector's Series)
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If you're in the market for wildly funny entertainment, CLERKS delivers with wholesale hilarity! It's one wacky 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! Even while bracing a nonstop parade of unpredictable shoppers, the clerks manage to play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home, and straighten out their offbeat love lives! The boss is nowhere in sight, so you can bet anything can -- and will -- happen when these guys are left to run the store.
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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.
To me, some of the greatest things in the movie are the little errors were people might trip on a word for a second. That's so real, that it give the movie a sense of reality that is missing in so many other movies. People have complained that Randall sounds like he's reading from cue cards. So what! Haven't you ever met anyone like that? I have.
Jay and Silent Bob are the kings of loitering. What class they possess. Dante and Randall are a shining example of what can happen to you after working too long in a convience and rental store, respectively.
There is nothing far fetched about the story of a guy having a bad day at work. I had many days almost that bad when I did retail. The dialogue is brilliant. Nice little insights about life and your place in it.
After hearing a little of the story you forget that the movie is in black and white, and you don't care because it's so good. If you are a Kevin Smith/Silent Bob fan and have not seen Clerks yet... Get it! If you've watched Mallrats or Dogma without seeing this you're missing out.
Great soundtrack, very cool Soul Asylum video, neat extras. This is one of the best comedy movies out there.
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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.
Give it a go if you want an introduction to Kevin Smith
A very funny, yet smart little film.