DVD REVIEW: The Kevin Smith Blu-ray 3-movie collection
Back in the early 1990’s Kevin Smith made the film Clerks while working at a convenience store with some of his high schools friends by maxing out his credit cards and selling his comic collection, since then, Smith and his reoccurring characters and cast have become indie favorites. Miramax has recently released a new Blu-ray box set including three of his most notable films: Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back along with a collection of bonus features and extras such as his short film from the Tonight Show The Flying Car and his first film Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary from film school.
Watching the films again feels like looking through an old yearbook but their slacker charm still shines bright. The set includes some of the best documentaries on creating the films that are out there including Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks and the brand new Tracing Amy: The Chasing Amy doc which is exclusive to Blu-ray. In addition to some new commentaries and conversations the set also includes a pair of legendary Kevin Smith Q&A sessions, which approach stand-up comedy, for Clerks as well as a new one for Chasing Amy. The films go from a look at small town nobodies on 16mm film in Clerks to Jay & Silent Bob’s high definition Hollywood cast including: Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, and Ben Affleck and they show Smith’s development as a filmmaker and writer. The films, while at times sophomoric and immature, do have at their core a sense of honesty and humor about them and if nothing else they give hope to a generation of kids working behind the register.