Kevin Smith: 3-Movie Collection: Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

The three classic Kevin Smith  films may not be the kind of films to showcase the capabilities of Blu-ray but for fans of the View Askewniverse, the new special features and slight improvement to the picture and audio quality of these Kevin Smith classics definitely makes owning this set well worth it.

TITLE: Kevin Smith 3-Movie Collection (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)

DURATION: Clerks: 92 Minutes, Chasing Amy: Minutes, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: CLERKS: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (48 kHz/24-bit), Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

RATED: Clerks: R (For Extensive Use of Extremely Sex-Related Dialogue)

COMPANY: Miramax Films

Release Date: November 17, 2009


Written and Directed by Kevin Smith

Producer: Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith

Cinematography by David Klein

Edited by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith

Makeup Department: Leslie Hope

Production Management: Charlie McClellan

Chasing Amy

Written and Directed by Kevin Smith

Executive Producer: John Pierson

Producer: Scott Mosier

Associate Producer: Robert Hawk

Line Producer: Derrick Tseng

Music by David Pirner

Cinematography by David Klein

Edited by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith

Casting by Shana Lory

Production Design by Robert Holtzman

Art Direction by Jim Williams

Set Decoration by John Carlucci, Susannah McCarthy

Costume Design by Christopher Del Coro

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Written and Directed by Kevin Smith

Executive Producer: Jonathan Gordan, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein

Producer: Scott Mosier

Co-Producer: Laura Greenlea

Music by James L. Venable

Cinematography by Jamie Anderson

Edited by Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith

Casting by Christine Sheaks

Production Design by Robert Holtzman

Art Direction by Elise G. Viola

Set Decoration by Jeff MacIntyre, Douglas A. Mowat

Costume Design by Isis Mussenden

“Clerks” Starring:

Brian O’Halloran as Dante

Jeff Anderson as Randal

Marilyn Ghigliotti as Veronica

Lisa Spoonhauer as Caitlin

Jason Mewes as Jay

Kevin Smith as Silent Bob

Scott Mosier as William the Idiot Manchild

“Chasing Amy” Starring:

Ben Affleck as Holden McNeil

Jason Lee as Banky Edwards

Joey Lauren Adams as Alyssa Jones

Matt Damon as Shawn Oran

Jason Mewes as Jay

Kevin Smith as Silent Bob

“Jay and Bob Strike Back” Starring:

Jason Mewes as Jay

Kevin Smith as Silent Bob

Ben Affleck as Holden McNeil

Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves

Brian O’Halloran as Dante Hicks

Shannon Elizabeth as Justice

Eliza Dushku as Sissy

Ali Larter as Chrissy

Will Ferrell as Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly

Jason Lee as Brodie Bruce/Banky Edwards

Judd Nelson as Sheriff

George Carlin as Hitchhiker

Carrie Fisher as Nun

Seann William Scott as Brent

Jon Stewart as Reg Hartner

Chris Rock as Chaka Luther King

Mark Hamill as Cocknocker

Tracy Morgan as Pumpkin Escobar


Clerks tells the outrageously funny story of 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 the phrase “customer service.” The film features winning performances from Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson as the two titular characters, and marks the debut of Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as the now classic comic duo “Jay and Silent Bob.” Unanimously praised by critics, Clerks won the Filmmakers Trophy Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and both the Award of the Youth and the Mercedes-Benz Award at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

Chasing Amy

In Chasing Amy, comic-book artist Holden (Ben Affleck, Armageddon) finds himself falling for the ultimate in unavailable women: a lesbian comic book artist named Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams, Dazed and Confused). Filled with Smith’s unique brand of clever dialogue and featuring heartfelt performances from its young leads, Chasing Amy offers a thoughtful, fresh take on modern relationships. The film co-stars Jason Lee (TV’s “My Name is Earl”) and features an unforgettable appearance by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as “Jay and Silent Bob,” who show up to deliver one of recent movie history’s most memorable monologues. Chasing Amy won the 1998 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Jason Lee), while star Joey Lauren Adams was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

In Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, the hilarious comic duo “Jay” (Jason Mewes) and “Silent Bob” (Kevin Smith) head for Hollywood, hoping to cash in on a film adaptation based on their lives. But when the goofy duo learns they’ve been cut out of the moviemaking deal, they set out to sabotage the flick at all costs! Kevin Smith’s laugh-filled riot features his most star studded cast yet, including appearances by Ben Affleck (Chasing Amy, Armageddon), George Carlin (Cars, Scary Movie 3), Shannen Doherty (TV’s “90210”), Eliza Dushku (TV’s “Dollhouse,” Bring it On), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Scary Movie), Will Ferrell (Elf, Talladega Nights), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Trilogy), Mark Hamill (Star Wars Trilogy), Jamie Kennedy (Scream Trilogy), Ali Larter (Obsessed, TV’s “Heroes”), Tracy Morgan (TV’s “30 Rock”) and Chris Rock (Head of State, I Think I Love My Wife).

Throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Kevin Smith’s “View Askew” or “The View Askewniverse” was a unique and fresh perspective of what one could accomplish with a tight budget, inspiring filmmakers and even acting talent as Kevin Smith have went on to bigger things in his career, Ben Affleck who received his first major acting role on “Chasing Amy” (also starring his good friend Matt Damon who both appeared on the film “Mallrats”).  And of course, films that would feature the recurring characters Jay and Silent Bob.

In some ways, this group featuring Director Kevin Smith and his good friend/producer Scott Mosier and their good friends from the East Coast were an inspiration for doing things their way and not compromising to appease Hollywood execs.

From the first View Askew film “Clerks” (1994) which was made for around $27,000 and would make over $3 million in the box office.  Followed by the 1995 film “Mallrats” which featured virtually unknown talent at the time (with the exception of “Beverly Hills 90210” actress Shannen Doherty) such as Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Claire Forlani Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and a film that may have been critically panned but was supported via DVD sales.  The next film “Chasing Amy” would become a critical success and end up boosting the careers for Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and Joey Lauren Adams and solidifying Kevin Smith as a writer and director.

And from that point, View Askew films such as the 1999 film “Dogma”, then an animated series of “Clerks” was released in 2000.   Then in 2001, the film “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” was released and followed by the 2004 film “Clerks II” and throughout the ten years of View Askew films, each release would still continue to feature the two characters Jay and Silent Bob .   Needless to say, looking at the ten years of what Kevin Smith was able to accomplish in his career since the 1995 release of “Clerks” is just incredible.

In 2004, fans of “Clerks” were happy to get a “Clerks” 10th Anniversary DVD release (note: “Clerks” has been released three times previously) and now in 2009, it’s the 15th Year Anniversary of “Clerks” and now that we’re in the Blu-ray era, Miramax Films celebrates Kevin Smith’s career with the release of “Clerks”, “Chasing Amy” and “Jay and Silent Bob” (the other films were released from different movie studios) in a box set release and also individual Blu-ray releases.


Hilarious, real and innovative.  Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” may be a low-budget film but it’s a film that continues to impress me 15 years later!

“Clerks”revolves around the character of Dante (played by Brian O’Halloran).  On the day he was supposed to prepare for his hockey competition, he receives a call from his boss to come into work on his day off and work for several hours. Throughout the day, we see Dante having to deal with various customers, deal with his girlfriend Veronica (played by Marilyn Ghigliotti), deal with his good friend Randal (played by Jeff Anderson) who works at the video rental store next door, deal with two loiterers named Jay (played by Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (played by Kevin Smith) who hang out at the front of the store and also deal with the return of his ex-girlfriend Caitlin (played by Lisa Spoonhauer).

While Dante deals with customers (and occasionally letting Randal handle the register), his day grows longer as he finds out that his boss is not coming back that day and he is forced to work a daylong shift where anything and everything good and bad can happen.

The Blu-ray comes with two versions, the theatrical version and the original version which was presented to the studio execs.

Chasing Amy

Emotional, touching, real and fantastic!  “Chasing Amy” is a View Askew classic and my favorite Kevin Smith film!

Two comic book artists/writers Holden McNeil  (played by Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) are promoting their comic books and while visiting a panel which their friend Hooper X (played by Dwight Ewell) was speaking at, Holden meets comic book writer Alyssa Jones (played by Joey Lauren Adams).

While the four go out together and hang out, Holden becomes smitten with Alyssa but finds out that she is a lesbian.  But through circumstances, Holden and Alyssa eventually become a a couple which then tears into his friendship with his comic book partner Banky.  While Holden tries to deal with his friendship with his comic book partner, he hears gossip about Alyssa that starts to become a burden on his conscience.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jay & Silent Bob get their own movie.  A wild and crazy film featuring cameos by a large number of talent from previous View Askew films, from film and television.

Because of their rebellious nature, Randal Graves (from “Clerks”) gets a restraining order preventing Jay and Silent Bob from coming one hundred feet from the Quickstop and RST Video.  With no place to go, the two visit their friend Brodie (from “Mallrats”) and learn that Miramax Films is working on a film based on “Bluntman and Chronic” (which was the comic produced by Holden and Banky from “Chasing Amy”).  So, the two feel that since the characters are based on them, they should get some money and so they pay a visit to Holden McNeil (from “Chasing Amy”) and learn that he has sold his rights to Banky Edwards (from “Chasing Amy”).

Holden shows what people on the Internet are saying about the upcoming movie and bashing them and so now Jay and Silent Bob who are insulted, decide they will go to Hollywood and stop the movie and save their reputations.


Clerks: 15th Anniversary Edition

“Clerks” receives its HD debut with a 1080p High Definition (1:85:1) Blu-ray release.  Kevin Smith made comments before the Blu-ray release (and on the special features) about how he wouldn’t like to watch the film on Blu-ray because Blu-ray is about great picture quality and he knows that the film was a low-budget film that was not exactly known for its picture quality.  But I will say that the picture quality of “Clerks” is what gives the film its charm.  The 16mm look can only look so much better on Blu-ray but overall, it’s hard to complain given the circumstance of a film that was shot for around $27,000.

So, I will say that “Clerks” does maintain a good amount of grain but it also brings out the original film’s graininess and if it was any other film, the film would get a failing grade.  But the fact is that “Clerks” was not exactly a pretty film to begin with, the picture quality is much better and sharper than its DVD counterpart.  Blacks are nice and deep, whites are nicely demonstrated and again, this is good for this low-budget film and a definite upgrade in PQ compared to its DVD counterpart.  Picture quality is much clearer and sharper.   Again, Smith acknowledges that this film would be the last film he would like to see on Blu-ray but knowing that this film is a classic it was going to happen inevitably.

As for the audio, audio is featured in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (48 kHz/24-bit).  Again, “Clerks” was a low budget film but for the most part, the lossless audio track is what it is.  You’re not going to get spectacular audio through this film. Front and center channel are clear and the music of the film definitely gets an added boost in the surrounds but truth be told, it’s not a great soundtrack but its a soundtrack that is satisfactory for this film.

Subtitles are featured in English SDH and Spanish.

Chasing Amy

“Chasing Amy” makes its debut on HD via a 1080p High Definition (1:85:1) and although not as low budget as “Clerks”, the film was made for around $250,000 and the production crew had to cut around corners to make this film happen.   I have to admit that I had such high expectations for the picture quality of this Blu-ray release but the film really does shows its age.  The picture quality has fine layer of grain and where “Clerks” was able to benefit from its black and white video, “Chasing Amy” wasn’t as lucky as the picture quality was not clear, vibrant or colorful as I was hoping.

As for audio quality, the film is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (48 kHz, 24-Bit) and also Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital.   Similar to clerks, the audio quality for the film is dialogue driven with occasional music.  Dialogue is nice and clear through the front and center channels but I don’t think I recall hearing much surround usage.

Subtitles are featured in English SDH and Spanish.

Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back

For “Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back”, the Blu-ray is identical to the release from Sept. 2006 and is the picture quality is the best out of the three films.  The film is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1) and is the biggest budget film for Kevin Smith at that time.  The picture quality has a fine layer of grain and for the most part, skin tones are natural but colors aren’t as vibrant.

As for audio quality, the film is presented in English 5.1 uncompressed (48 kHz/16-bit) and also in English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital.  For the most part, the film is dialogue and music driven but there are some scenes that utilize a bit of bass but for the most part, this lossless soundtrack was not exactly that immersive.

Subtitles are in English SDH and French.


“Kevin Smith: 3-Movie Collection comes with the following Special Features:


Special features are in 1080p or 1080i with audio in English 2.0 Dolby Digital and English SDH and Spanish subtitles.

  • “Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party: The Making of Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” – (1:27:17) A Brand new featurette for “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” (directed by Kevin Smith’s wife) and the on-set shenanigans that took place behind-the-scenes.  Exclusive to Blu-ray.
  • Classic Commentary – Featuring the original 1995 commentary by director Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier, Brian O’Halloran, Jason Mewes and more.
  • Enhanced Trivia Track – Watch the film and check out the trivia and quotes from cast and crew.
  • Intro To The First Cut 2004 Commentary – Introduction by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier about the original film that was screened to studio execs.
  • 2004 Commentary (with New Authoring) – Featuring the 2004 commentary by director Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier, Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes.
  • Clerks Lost Scene – Animated Short – (10:02) A scene cut from the original script in animated form (using the animation style of “Clerks the Animation”.  You can view the cut scene on its own or while during the screening of the film.
  • The Flying Car – (8:14) Back in 2001, a short was created for the Tonight Show.
  • MTV Spots With Jay & Silent Bob – (18:00) Featuring eight MTV spots: Coffee, Government Cheese, Delusions of Grandeur, Dancin’ Like Manson, Cable Guy, Puppets, Lil’ Alanis, Chicks I’d Nail.  Also, included is an intro by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier.
  • Theatrical Trailer – (2:00) The original theatrical trailer for “Clerks”.
  • Soul Asylum “Can’t Even Tell” Music Video – (5:00) Featuring a music video of “Can’t Even Tell” by Soul Asylum.
  • Clerks Restoration – A featurette about the restoration process of picture and sound.  This segment features: (5:12) Restoring the Clerks Sound with Scott Mosier and (:36) restoring the Clerks look with David Klein and (7:02) introduction to the theatrical cut with Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier.
  • Original Auditions – (14:33) Featuring the original auditions with Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Ernest O’Donnell and an intro by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier.
  • Snowball Effect – (1:30:28) A documentary exploring the film and lasting impact of “Clerks”.
  • Outtakes From Snowball Effect – Featuring 13 additional scenes not included in “Snowball Effect”: Kevin & Walt: Vulgar the Clown animated view of the Askew Logo, Jeff: Auditioning for TV Pilot, Jeff: Chemistry with Brian O’Halloran, Janet Maslin, New York Times Film Critic 1977-1999: Seeing Clerks and Kevin, Bryan: Creative Writing Classs, Kevin: Lisa Spoonhauer as Caitlyn, Kevin on Scott, Scott & Kevin: I Will Leave, Geooff: Introduces Final Sundance Screening, Kevin & Scott: 1999 Sundance Filmmakers Trophy Acceptance Speech, Kevin & Scott: On Quickstop, Scott & Kevin: Night Shooting, Scott: Winning the Lottery.
  • Mae Day: The Crumbling Of A Documentary With Intro By Kevin Smith And Scott Mosier – (11:38) An intro. for Mae Day, a short film by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier when they were in film school.
  • 10th Anniversary Q & A – (42:09) A Q&A featuring Kevin Smith, cinematographer David Klein, producer Scott Mosier, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson and Brian O’Halloran and a public audience. A pretty tense Q&A.

Chasing Amy

Special features are in 1080i or 480i.  Audio is in English 2.0 Dolby Digital and with English SDH and Spanish subtitles.

  • “Tracing Amy: The Chasing Amy Doc” – (1:21:13) A very indepth documentary exclusive to Blu-ray of the making of “Chasing Amy” featuring behind-the-scenes footage and a new interview with Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier, Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams.  From the failure of “Mallrats” and how it led to “Chasing Amy”, Kevin Smith’s relationship with Joey Lauren Adams, how the four lived together during the making of the film and the making of the film and how Bob Weinstein gave the film a chance and the success of the film.  A wonderful documentary!
  • “Was It Something I Said?” – A Conversation With Kevin & Joey – (18:06) An interesting and fun interview exclusive to Blu-ray between both Kevin and Joey, how they met and working on the film and just reminiscing of their time together on the film.
  • 10 Years later Q & A – (27:46) Exclusive to Blu-ray, a reunion Q&A in front of a live audience with Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier, Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell and Jason Mewes.  Fortunately not as tense as the “Clerks” 10th Anniversary Q&A but overall, an interesting Q&A.
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director/Actor Kevin Smith and Producer Scott Mosier – A new 2009 commentary featuring Smith and Mosier.  The two have fun talking about how the talent looked then and now and behind-the-scenes of the film.  But a lot of jokes of things that took place and the technical aspects of the making of the film.
  • Deleted Scenes:  (25:01) Featuring 10 deleted scenes: Tell’ Em Steve-Dave!, The Original Love Story, Bring On the Free Hooch!, Money and Power, Help a brother Out, The Right Man, Shoes?, Bitch, You’re Schooling No One, A More Tolerant Age and The Mata-Fucking-Hari.
  • Outtakes – (4:56) Featuring the outtakes from “Chasing Amy”.
  • Trailer – (2:04) The original theatrical trailer.

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

Of the three films on Blu-ray, “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” had the least amount of special features and Miramax Films decided not to give an updated version for a Blu-ray release.  Since the special features of the movie showcase is from the film, the special features are in 1080p High Definition and English 5.1 Dolby Digital or English 2.0 Dolby Digital with optional English SDH subtitles.

  • Audio Commentary – Director Kevin Smith, Producer/Editor Scott Mosier & actor Jason Mewes – Featuring an Informative commentary on the various scenes in the film.
  • Movie Showcase – Viewers can access there scenes that showcase High Definition via the picture and audio quality from this film.

For many fans of Kevin Smith’s earlier View Askew films starring the popular character duo Jay and Silent Bob, fans were in high anticipation for a Miramax Films Blu-ray release. Sure the first two films are not exactly known for their picture and audio quality but there were efforts to improve it for their HD debut.

So, here we are with “Kevin Smith: 3-Movie Collection” Blu-ray box set featuring the first View Askew film “Clerks”, the third film “Chasing Amy” and the fifth film “Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back” (the second film was “Mallrats”, the fourth was “Dogma” and the sixth is “Clerks II”) and it was great to watch these films again after all these years.

For “Clerks”, sure the picture quality is not the greatest and if anything, the HD definitely brings out the graininess of the film.  But still the film is watchable and for the most part, it contains all the original cut and the special features from the previous 10th Anniversary release and also the special feature “Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party: The Making of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” which was filmed by his Smith’s wife and was passed for inclusion in previous DVD releases and since “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is the original 2006 release, this special feature is included with the “Clerks” Blu-ray.  Personally, it was fun to see Kevin Smith talk to the fans of having to buy another version of “Clerks” and also his feelings of it going on Blu-ray but it’s great to see him have that opportunity to say what he wants and how he feels about the film getting its release on Blu-ray.  That was cool!

As for “Clerks”, I loved the film when it came out.  An Indie film with characters and actors and actresses who were not well-known but yet a storyline that was so fun and unique at the time, it was great to see this film do well in the box office (the film cost $25, 000+ to make and made over $3 million).  But overall, it was fun to watch the film over again and I’m sure some people will have things to say about the picture quality, but even Kevin Smith called it months before this Blu-ray was released how he himself wouldn’t want to watch the film on HD.  But even for the Kevin Smith fans, sure it brings out the grain but for the most part, it’s more evident depending on your viewing distance but again, for this film…I was not expecting brilliant picture quality but I was looking for an improvement over its DVD counterpart and this release with the newer special features and the packed original 10th Anniversary features makes this Blu-ray worth owning.

As for “Chasing Amy”, the film is my favorite View Askew film thus far.  The third installment which came after “Mallrats”, I found “Chasing Amy” to be a  pretty cool film.  Granted, I was quite biased by the inclusion of the comic book conventions and that comic books played a big part in the film but truth be told, it’s the realness of the film that made me enjoy it so much. It’s been many years since I saw the film, so I was expecting awesome picture quality on Blu-ray but then I saw the film and remembered how it was made with a low budget.  So, I’m not going to go negative on this film because the original source was not spectacular to begin with.   And for those who own the original CRITERION COLLECTION DVD, you do get extra Blu-ray exclusives especially the reuniting of the cast and the documentary that fans of the film will definitely feel stoked about.

“Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back” is actually quite interesting.  This film to me was like a mashup of all the characters from the previous films and throwing in popular talent of films and television (during that time) and watching a film that focused on Jay and Silent Bob.  The film was the first big budget View Askew film and it was also hyped as the final film for the popular drug dealing duo (the two characters are in “Clerks II” and also have cameos in other films such as “Fanboys”, “Drawing Files” and “Scream 3”).

I found the film to be fun, hilarious and entertaining.   To see all these popular talents in a View Askew film was kind of surreal and of the three films, “Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back” has the better looking picture and audio quality on Blu-ray but unfortunately, it also has the least number of content among the three.  It’s literally a re-release 2006 Blu-ray but with newer trailers.  So, as a Blu-ray release… it was a bit of a bummer that this film didn’t receive any sort of upgrade and thus, it makes sense why the documentary ended up on the “Clerks” Blu-ray.

But overall, many of you probably have the DVD’s, especially many versions of “Clerks” as I do.  And I think that Kevin Smith said it right on the “Clerks” Blu-ray of having to purchase and re-purchase “Terminator 2”.    But is it worth the double dip on Blu-ray?  If you are a big fan of the two films, the extra content definitely makes these View Askew films on Blu-ray worthwhile.  It was already a given that the first two films wouldn’t not look spectacular on Blu-ray but they definitely look better than their DVD counterpart.  I think the newer content included on both “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy” make its owning the set worthwhile especially if you have fully moved on to owning and watching your favorite films on HD.   Otherwise, if you are on a budget, you’re good with your DVD copy of the films for now.