The two-disc DVD release of "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" will take fans to a new frontier of stoner humour. It may be a laugh-free wasteland for the rest of us, but Jay and Silent Bob scavengers will find some meagre scraps to forage for if they have several hours to spare.
Picture Fear not, for the beauty of the ageing central two dudes is there for all to see in a clear transfer of this movie to disc.
Sound Apart from dealing with some silly effects and the music score, the 5.1 mix has little to do, but does offer amusingly ludicrous bass levels during the grand opening titles.
DISC ONE SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary One Director Kevin Smith is joined by co-star Jason Mewes and producer Scott Mosier for a commentary that's a banal waste of disc space. Go stand at a bus stop for two hours and you'll enjoy yourself better.
DISC TWO SPECIAL FEATURES
Deleted Scenes with Intros There are 42 deleted scenes on offer here. Now they may be titled to sound like the best kick-ass tributes to porn and gross-out humour that you'll ever see, but this is tame material that's just plain dull. Just to put you off some more, Kevin Smith introduces each clip with rambling ill-prepared thoughts that typify a director who believes in the hype of a creation he should have moved on from years ago.
Gag Reel Kevin Smith returns with another introduction to yet more crap footage.
Behind the Scenes Featurette All too brief clips of previous Kevin Smith movies, including the sublime "Clerks", remind you of a sharp talent now bloated out into self-referential comedy hell. There are a few outtakes worth seeking out in this featurette, but the rest is dreck.
The Secret Stash While each section of disc two may come with interesting titles, it usually just turns out to be yet more deleted footage. This desperate effort, with yet more yawn-inducing intros by Smith, is just garbage.
Learnin' the Moves Wow, more B-roll footage! At least this stuff includes the funk band Morris Day and the Time offering a lesson in cool that all concerned with the movie could have heeded.
Guide to Morris Day and the Time Don't know anything about this funk band? Learn the surprising story with this compact guide.
Comedy Central's Reel Comedy The US Comedy Central TV channel dish-up another of their outrageously unfunny guides to the making of a movie. They bored us rigid on "The Animal" DVD, and now they're coming to finish us off with their deadly dull take on "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back".
Additional Extra Features Also on disc two are trailers, stills galleries, music videos, and cast and crew filmographies. Hardcore fans may glean something from the rest of the material on this DVD release, but there's no getting away from the fact that this is lazy, mediocre content to dish-up. Endless rambling chat from Kevin Smith and others does not make for great entertainment, and it's assuming that the audience has nothing better to do, which is just insulting. Technically, the DVDs are good, just as you'd expect from Buena Vista.
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Technical Features: Scene selection, animated menus, and English captions for the hearing impaired.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.