Kevin Smith has taken Chief Justice Michael Stailey's podcast empire concept to an entirely new level.
Our review of Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40 (Blu-ray), published October 18th, 2011, is also available.
"Sometimes the answers can be a bit on the long side, but not tonight. We're gonna keep it short, tight, and movin' on." Yeah, right…
Shout! Factory unleashes a big box of Kevin Smith to tease your brain and tickle your funny bone. Since Clark already broke down the Blu-ray version of Too Fat for 40, I won't bore you with too much detail. Though it may be the feature presentation, there's a full weekend worth of material to support it. Love or hate his movies, there's no denying Kevin Smith is a master storyteller who can enchant a concert hall full of people with his unfiltered truth-is-stranger-than-fiction adventures. It's no wonder that George Carlin is his personal hero because he's carrying on that tradition of biting oberservational humor.
Disc One: Too Fat for 40 (200 min)
Question (26:00): What was it like to direct Bruce Willis? Or did he direct you?
Answer: Becoming a hard core stoner at age 38, thanks to Seth Rogen. 28 min on the phone with Yummy.com / 2 hrs in the bathroom. Trading cigarettes for weed. Waker-Baker. Emotionally moved by Wayne and Walter Gretzky. Making movies from a raw unfiltered twenty-something place; those days are long gone. Zack and Miri Make a Porno tried too hard to be a Judd Apatow film. Being hired to direct Cop Out. Directing Bruce Willis. The return of David Addison. (2:01:00)
He wraps the evening with topics such as Remembering George Carlin, Too fat to fly, Too fat to shit, Smuggling pot into Canada, and Movies that bring the police into your home.
Bonus features on this disc include…
• Encore (49 min)—Contrary to the "Full Encore" title card, this is actually select moments. Why? Don't know, but these are actual audience-driven discussions. Topics include: Kevin vs. Judd Apatow. Jay and Silent Bob and The Toxic Avenger. Adapting Disney as R-rated comedy. Canadian geography. Kevin on 3D. Dream Job. The Hockey Movie. Red Velvet Weed Cake. Big Boy Love. Reverend Kev. The Number 37. View Askewniverse Special Edition. Clerks III. Bag O' Shit. D&D is acting with rules.
• The Secret Behind The Stash (7 min)—A tour of the original Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Red Bank and the Prop Museum, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Too Fat For 40.
Disc Two: Hollywood Babble-On (84 min)
No bonus features on this disc.
Disc Three: SModimations: Season One (60 min)
Aquatic Justice (6 min)—A little too much weed inspires Kevin and Scott to depants the JLA's King of the Sea. The conversation derails quickly and ends with Kevin's drug paraphernalia encouraging him to kill his wife.
A Cautionary Tale (4 min)—Scott recalls his one and only experience with cocaine.
Avatarded (3 min)—Kevin and Scott try and make sense of James Cameron's Avatar and it's overt sexuality.
Deliver Me From Pizza! (3 min)—Canada takes offense to American's wanton disrespect for sending pizza to people who didn't order them.
Harry Scotter (12 min)—Kevin and Scott provide much needed sex education to the faculty and students of Hogwarts. Forgeticus!
SMerry Christmas (5 min)—Kevin, Scott, and Walt interpret beloved holiday television specials and the Heavenly Host explains to Joseph the benefits of God impregnating his wife.
Rocket to the Stars (4 min)—Kevin imagines the moment when Scott fell in love with his wife Alex.
The Great One (2 min)—Don't even try to figure this one out.
Twin Pines Mallrats (5 min)—A new Back to the Future video game inspires the triumph of a Michael J. Fox impersonator and the newly revealed uncut film.
Jesus Strikes Back (9 min)—Variations on the second coming complete: Super-powered JC, Hillbilly JC, Angry Vengeful JC. Partnering with Satan to take down the Son of God. Holy Christ!
Plus! A last minute cameo by Jason Mewes.
Bonus features on this disc include live broadcasts of Hollywood Babble-On (46 min)—Kevin and Ralph talk the latest Hollywood news and humiliate audience members—and Jay and Silent Bob Get Old (68 min)—Kevin and Mewes at the Hard Rock in Vegas. "The farms are ready!"
Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the visual quality varies widely from program to program. Too Fat for 40 (shot in high def) and the SModimation shorts look great; sharp contrast and vivid colors. It's the episodes of Hollywood Babble-On and Jay and Silent Bob Get Old where things get wonky. Shot on multiple digital cameras, the stability of the framing is amateurish by comparison, plus the image freezes or pixelates multiple times when excising the licensed video clips played during the show. Same holds for the audio, which is all Dolby 2.0 stereo. The two headlining programs are fine (save for the tacked on intro/outro for SModimations whose volume is crap), and the rest suffers from moments of distortion.
Fans of Kevin and his Askewniverse are the obvious audience for this set and it's worth the investment. The uninitiated who venture into this world will experience full immersion. If you're brave (or bored) enough, go for it! This set is exclusive to the Shout! Factory store, so check the purchase link up top for more information.
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