Plot: What’s it about?
At long last, the first of Kevin Smith’s movies comes to DVD. And while this disc is just a rehash of the old Laserdisc version, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s bad.
Clerks is just that, it is a story of a “day in the life” of a conveinent store clerk…in particular Randal and Dante (who’s not even supposed to be here today). You could argue that it’s much like an episode of ‘Seinfeld’, in which it’s just about nothing. The film is shot in black and white and for all we know could be real footage from a video camera in a 7-11 (although it’s not). Dante deals with issues such as finding out his girlfriend has, in fact, sucked 37 (well, just watch the movie), a friend from his high school class has died, and his long lost girlfriend whom he has never really stopped loving, has returned to town and may or may not be getting married to an Asian design major.
It’s in this movie that we are first introduced to Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, respectively). They are much darker in this movie than in “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy”.
The character who steals the show, in my opinion, is Randal. Randal is the smart-ass video store clerk who works next door to Dante (at the market). He deliberates all day weather or not to quit, which customer to tell off and when to take another of his illongated breaks.
Bottom line, Clerks is one of the movies that defined film-making in the 90’s. Check out this Special Edition.
Video: How does it look?
As I mentioned before, this is just the LD in DVD form. Being in DVD form, it looks much better than the LD, but there is still some artifacting damage. It’s a bit more difficult to tell the picture quality when a film is in Black and white (like this one), but the film was also shot in 16mm as opposed to 35mm for basically any other movie. So the blow up could cause some of the distortion (and 16:9 enhancement would help, too). Still, a much better picture than the LD, and worth checking out.
Audio: How does it sound?
The sound is Dolby Digital surround. Not bad, either. This is a movie totally driven on dialogue, and you have to pay attention, too or else you’ll miss several funny jokes. A few directional effects, but other than that…
Supplements: What are the extras?
As mentioned a few times above, a rehash of the SE laserdisc. There is audio commentary, deleted scenes with commentary, trailers…If you’re a fan of this movie, pick this DVD up.