“MALLRATS”— An Inconsistent Comedy

“MALLRATS”

An Inconsistent Comedy

Amos Lassen

Director Kevin Smith take us into his universe with “Mallrats”, now back in a two-disc special edition. Dumped by their girlfriends at the same time, comic book obsessive Brodie (Jason Lee) and best friend TS (Jeremy London) decide to ease the pain of their losses by taking a trip to the local mall. Amongst shoppers, they discover the mall is being used as the venue for a dating show and TS’s former girlfriend, Brandi, is the star. Hatching a plan to win back their significant others, Brodie and TS get the help of professional delinquents Jay and Silent Bob to hijack the gameshow and win Brandi back. Meanwhile, Brodie is on his own mission to make good his relationship with Rene (Shannen Doherty), who is attracted the attentions of his enemy, Shannon (Ben Affleck). “Mallrats” celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this limited edition set boasting a brand new restoration and hours of bonus content.

Cheap jokes everywhere yet the film shows that even failed can make good DVDs. The DVD raises the question of how much time is worth spending on a movie with so few rewards, it also beautifully illustrates how a well-assembled disc can collect enough information about its subject to prove a mini-education in itself.

“Mallrats”  is  a disappointing comedy in which the strings are all too apparent. The film’s premise is slender, yet it is one from which the filmmakers squeeze an awful lot of plot. The movie suffers from this causing the audience to have no interest in the story. The tone is inconsistent and this affects the entire film.

BONUS MATERIALS

  • LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Brand new restoration by Arrow Films of both the Theatrical and Extended cuts of the film, approved by director Kevin Smith and cinematographer David Klein
  • Newly assembled TV cut of the film featuring hilarious overdubbing to cover up profanity
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Philip Kemp
  • Fold out poster
  • DISC ONE – THEATRICAL AND EXTENDED CUTS
  • Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Kevin Smith, producer Scott Mosier, archivist Vincent Pereira, and actors Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mewes
  • Brand new introduction to the film by Kevin Smith
  • My Mallrat Memories – and all-new interview with Kevin Smith
  • A newly filmed tribute to producer Jim Jacks by Kevin Smith
  • Brand new interview with actor Jason Mewes
  • Brand new interview with Cinematographer David Klein
  • Hollywood of the North: A newly produced animated making-of documentary featuring Minnesota crew members who worked on the film
  • Deleted Scenes – Kevin Smith and Vincent Pereira discuss deleted scenes and sequences originally cut from the film
  • Outtakes and behind the scenes footage
  • Cast interviews from the original set
  • Erection of an Epic: The making of Mallrats – archival retrospective with cat and crew looking at the making and release of the film
  • Q&A with Kevin Smith – archival Q&A filmed for the 10th anniversary
  • Build Me Up Buttercup music video
  • Stills galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • DISC TWO – TV CUT
  • Newly assembled TV cut of the film featuring hilarious overdubbing to cover up profanity
  • Original stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new introduction to the TV cut by director Kevin Smith
  • Stills gallery of the comic books featured in the film’s opening sequence
  • Easter eggs

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