JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKES BACK COLLECTOR'S SERIES: DVD
New Jersey stoner Jay (Jason Mewes) and his taciturn sidekick Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are on a mission to save their reputations. They discover that their old friend Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) has gone to Hollywood to produce a film based on a comic book about their alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic. Determined to stop the film being made the duo make it to LA, encountering a bizzare series of characters and incidents along the way.
Review by Louise Keller:
This final chapter from Kevin Smith may be self-indulgent, but for the ardent fans, this 2 disc Collector's Series DVD will no doubt have plenty of appeal.
Filled with foul language, in-jokes and stoopid (duh) slapstick humour, Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back is a disappointment from Kevin Smith, whose Chasing Amy remains by far his best project.
The film relies on fart jokes and language that is intended to shock, although repetition of four letter words and bare bums is hardly hilarious. There are some cute ideas, and Jay and poor ol' Silent Bob could have chalked up a cult following - in the same way that Mike Myers whipped up interest in his Austin Powers character. But good ol' Austin did have a gimmick, while Jay and Bob's one-joke premise eventually runs very dry. All the characters are one dimensional and bland, making it more comic book-like than Smith perhaps intended. It's rather fun to meet the Chasing Amy crowd again, and the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon jokes work well - until they become heavy handed and overdone.
The film is at its best when we venture to Miramax Studios, and I really laughed when our anti-heroes ran head first into a set that looked like a road. That's funny. In fact, there are some well-executed gags at the Studios that would have been even funnier with a lighter touch. It's a blast to meet Carrie Fisher, Gus Van Sant, Chris Rock, Mark Hamill, Shannen Doherty, James Van Der Beek and Jason Biggs in unexpected cameos, and teens looking for a mindless night out may guffaw and splutter some.
The DVD is stacked with special features, including a commentary by Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier and Jason Mewes, behind the scene featurettes, trailers, music videos and plenty more. Entitled 'Why Movies Cost So Much', the best part of the gag reel is the lengthy intro, and there are nine deleted scenes introduced by Kevin Smith and various guests.
Published: July 1, 2004
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JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKES BACK COLLECTOR'S SERIES: DVD (M15+)
CAST: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Shannen Doherty, Renée Humphrey, Ben Affleck, James Van Der Beek, Jason Biggs, Matt Damon, Chris Rock, Joey Lauren Adams, Shannon Elizabeth, Eliza Dushku, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Jason Lee
DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith
SCRIPT: Kevin Smith
RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Disc One: audio commentary with Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier, Jason Mewes; Disc Two: Deleted scenes with intros by Kevin Smith & Guests; Gag Reel With Intro; Stilled Galleries; The Secret Stash With Intro; Internet Trailers with Intro; Behind the Scene featurette; tv spots; Morris Day and The Time 'Learnin the Moves'; Guide to Morris Day & The Time; Afroman 'I Got High' Music Video; Stroke 9 Kick Some Ass Music Video; Comedy Central's Reel Comedy; Filmographies; Storyboards
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVHE
DVD RELEASE: July, 2004