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Mallrats Blu-ray Review

“Mallrats” is pure Kevin Smith.

The plot: Before T.S. can propose to his girlfriend Brandi, the 2 wind up breaking up. T.S. and his pal Brodie (also having relationship issues) cruise the mall to talk things over. As luck would have it, Brandi is at the mall appearing on her father’s game show project “Truth Or Date.” Initially the two plot to sabotage the show with the help of Jay and Silent Bob, but T.S. decides to find a way to win back Brandi. 

In honor of the 25th anniversary of “Mallrats,” Arrow Video has released a nifty new 2 disc set of the 1995 flick. Despite being a critical and commercial flop upon its release, the Kevin Smith written and directed film has become a beloved cult classic over the years and easily stands as one of Smith’s best movies. Sure, it’s essentially a pure 90s cartoonish comedy with some off-color jokes that don’t hold up nowadays, but there’s so much to admire here with the buffoonery of Jay and Silent Bob, Stan Lee’s first cameo, Smith knocking out great pop culture references from Star Wars to Batman at a time where it was not the norm, endlessly quotable lines, Jason Lee at his finest as Brody, romance, and more. On top of that, the movie has something to say about mall culture, disillusioned 20 somethings, friendship, commitment, and the future. Of course, the comedy isn’t for everyone, but like all of the View Askewniverse movies, you either get it or you don’t.

Another element that elevates “Mallrats” is the all-star cast which includes Ben Affleck (before he was a star), the aforementioned Jason lee, Shannon Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee (in a scene stealing role), Michael Rooker, Claire Forlani, Renee Humphrey, Priscilla Barnes, and, of course, Walt Flannagan and Bryan Johnson as Walt and Steve-Dave. Every character and actor gets their chance to shine. It’s just a joy to watch everyone here.

Note: This Blu-ray set contains a whopping 3 cuts of the film. The theatrical edition (which is the best), the extended cut (which features clunky deleted scenes) and the shorter TV cut with profanity overdubbing.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How do they look? The brand new restorations for the theatrical and extended cuts are divine. The film has never looked this good before. Even the TV cut looks impressive!  

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Stereo. How do they sound? The theatrical and extended cuts have a 5.1 and Stereo track (it’s not clear what the TV cut has). The 5.1 track obviously has more depth but the Stereo tracks do the job. 
Extras:
* An old school intro to the extended cut by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier and a new intro to the TV cut by Kevin Smith.
* A fold-out poster of Jay and Silent Bob’s plans
* A booklet featuring credits, an essay by reviewer Philip Kemp
* A soundtrack EPK
* A whopping 2 hours of dailies (the quality is rough though)
* Behind the scenes and comics still galleries
* Easter egg
* Kevin Smith and Vincent Pereira share an hour’s worth of deleted scenes (some featured in the extended cut)
* 8 minutes of outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage.
* “Mallrats” trailer
* “Build Me Up Buttercup” music video
* A quick 9 minute Q&A with Kevin Smith from the 10 year anniversary
* Archival cast interviews from the set
* “Erection Of An Epic: The Making Of Mallrats”- A retrospective making of featurette
* “When We Were Punks”- A new interview with DP David Klein
* “Hollywood Of The North”- An animated featurette that contains interviews with crew members
* New 10 minute interview with Jason Mewes.
* “Mr. Mallrats: A Tribute To Jim Jacks”- A new extra in which Kevin Smith talks about the producer who inspired him to make the film.
* “My Mallrat Memories”- A new interview with Kevin Smith recalling the production of “Mallrats.”
* A fun archival commentary by Jason Lee, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier and Vincent Pereira.

October 14, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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