Starring Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Lisa Spoonauer
Written By: Kevin Smith
Directed By: Kevin Smith
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Clerks, the independent cult hit, has now reached 10 years and with that, a celebration with a new special edition set of the movie, including a seperate version of the infamous ending, and a disk full of great special features. Clerks was one of the funniest movies of the 90’s.
Clerks is a story about a guy that just wasn’t supposed to be there today. Yeah you hear it a thousand times in the movie. Dante Hicks (Brian O’ Halloran) was supposed to have a day off but like every other time he has been called in to work. It sucks even more because it’s a crappy convenient store. He’s got to deal with the annoying customers, including stupid questions and small talk, and especially his best friend and next-door-pest, Randal (Jeff Anderson.) Randal works at the video store next to the convenient store and constantly is stopping by to chat and to pester Dante. With that comes some of the best scenes in the movie. My favorite was the rationalization of how independent contractors were unjustly killed during the rebels siege on the second death star in Star Wars. You know, it kind of makes sense. Well, if that was real life, and I’m not even sure independent contractors could work on such a project like the Death Star. Yes, I’m a nerd. Anyway, I enjoyed the debate of Empire Vs. Jedi and among the other such topics discussed. The conversations and dialogue are very well written and almost too well written for the movie. I suppose Kevin wanted to show how normal people can talk and just converse. For the most part, Clerks is hilarious but some of the characters just annoyed me, especially Dante’s current girlfriend. I also don’t really get the whole infatuation with Jason Mewes’ character. That is another character that always bugged me. My favorite character is Randal though. He says things that most people are afraid to say and probably would never say. He has no problem with that though. He’ll read off video titles all filled with dirty porn titles in front a mom and her little kid. It’s so wrong, yet so funny. Poor kid. With a tiny budget, Clerks went on to be the one of the most talked about movies of the 90’s and achieved cult status and put Kevin Smith on the map for writing and directing.
Extras on the disk were excellent. The making of documentary actually cost a helluva lot more to make than the movie itself. It covers every topic in depth with cast interviews and it mostly covers the difficulties Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier had making the film and getting it distributed. Other extras on this disk included outtakes from the documentary, still photo gallery, journals, articles, reviews, and a 10th anniversary Q&A.
Overall, Clerks was very funny and it still continues to reach a young demographic like it did back in the 1990’s. Something about this movie has so many watching and still enjoying the picture. Kevin Smith’s first and best movie, hopefully Kevin can come back to his grassroots days and shoot some new movies the way he did with Clerks.
Disc 1: Theatrical Version
Classic Commentary, Circa ’95 n- Featuring Kevin, Mos, Brian and Others
Clerks: The Lost Scene
The Flying Car
MTV Spots with Jay & Silent Bob
Clerks Restoration Intros
Original Clerks Auditions
Disc 2: Clerks: The First Cut
All New Audio & Video Commentary with Kevin, Brian, Jeff, Mos, and Mewes
Disc 3: “Snowball Effect”: The Story of Clerks
“Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary”
10th Anniversary Q&A
Outtakes from “Snowball Effect”
Still Photo Gallery
Original Kevin Smith Journals
Articles and Reviews
Enhanced Playback Track
Kevin Smith’s Original 168 Page First Draft of the Clerks Screenplay
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Favorite Scenes: Empire Vs Jedi, 37 Dicks, Smoking Lesson, Anything with Randal.
Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 92 minutes