Reviewed July 25th, 1999 by Staff
Kevin Smith (Actor / Writer / Director) brings his unique style to the big screen in this off beat comedy classic. The movie mainly stars Dante (Brian O'Halloran) who gets called in early for work on his off day. The entire film happens within a single day and night. You see Dante open the store and his frequent dealings with his friends and customers. Friends that stop by include Dante’s friend Randal (Jeff Anderson) who works across the street at the video store, Dante’s girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti), and don’t forget the favs: Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith). From playing hockey on the roof of the store to someone having sex with a dead man, to knocking over a casket, to trashing the store during a fight: this movie will keep you entertained.
The movie is presented in 1.85:1 and is very grainy, but do not think this is a mistake. The movie was shot in black and white on 16mm film and then blown up to 35mm and framed for release. There are no signs of any transfer problems and contrast seems to be right on. Obviously blacks and colors are not a thing to be reviewed since the movies in black and white.
The audio is in DD 2.0 which does very well for the low budget film. Dialogue seems very clear and even the short music sequences sound very well.
Disney actually gave us some good supplement materials on this one (same as the laserdisc release). On the disc are an audio commentary with Kevin Smith and the cast, deleted scenes including the alternate ending for the film, the Soul Asylum music video, and a trailer.
Kevin Smith fans will want this one and if you have never seen it before, rent it – you might just enjoy it. The movie is 92 minutes and rated R.
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