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Clerks: Collector's Series

review by Wes D.


Rated R

Running Time: 92 Minutes

Starring Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Andrson

Studio: Disney

Written and Directed by Kevin Smith


Retail Price: $39.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Altnernate Ending, Soul Asylum Music Video, Commentary with Kevin Smith, Cast and Crew

Specs: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby English Surround, Chapter Search

Let's talk about Kevin Smith. Most people either love him or hate him. Please count me with the former so if you're not into Kevin Smith movies, then I suggest you leave right now because this review is going to be glowing.

Clerks was Smith's directorial debut, and this is quite obvious from the fact that it is black and white, grainy as hell, and has the production value of a rusted out Pinto. This matters NOT ONE IOTA though because for as shitty looking as this movie is (sorry Kev), the true glory that is Clerks is found in the script, the story, and the laugh out loud until you piss yourself jokes that run a mile a minute.

If you haven't seen this yet, I'll run down the story for you. Two guys work in a adjacent stores, one in a convenient store and the other in a video store. Shit happens to them. They talk about it. Hilarity ensues. It would do me no good to try to explain the plot of this flick for you because there truly is none. It simply the story of two guys trying to make it through their work days without throttling any of the customers. And while the language in this flick will make your mother blush, I can't recommend it enough for those who enjoy a little blue humor in their lives.

What do you want guys? It's black and white. It's grainy as hell. But it's supposed to be. Smith made the thing for about $30,000 and it shows.a lot. I'm telling you it doesn't matter at all and you need to take my word on this Oh yeah, and it's widescreen.

Again, same thing as the video. There is nothing special about the audio. They say it's Dolby Surround, but it wasn't recorded on anything real high end I don't think. You can clearly hear all of the dialog and that's all that's really important here.

Well Mr. Smith graced us with trailers, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a Soul Asylum music video, and an EXCELLENT commentary track. The commentary is both funny and very informative. He points out a lot of the hidden things in the movie like where they cut corners and who played multiple roles, etc. After you're done watching this movie, be sure to give it a spin with the commentary turned won't be disappointed. The deleted scenes reveal a lot about just how much Kevin likes his dialog. But after seeing them, I see why they were removed. The real shocker is the alternate ending, it completely changes the feel of the flick. (Editor's Note: The features here are a port from the laserdisc).

I'm going to put it to you this way. This movie has what I call IRV. IRV is Infinite Replay Value. I will watch this movie 10 times this year at least and I won't get sick of it. From time to time you will see me give movies an IRV rating, this is the highest I can recommend something to you, the viewer.

While the video and sound are mediocre at best, this is simply one of the best movies of the 1990's and for me, represents what independentfilmmaking is all about. Now go buy it.

Snootch to the nootch!

(5/5, NOT included in final score)




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