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Rocketboy
07-30-2007, 06:41 PM
Newsaskew.com (http://newsaskew.com/) posted a wrap-up of Kevin Smith at Comic-Con and Kevin made a rather odd, yet pretty cool announcement: like Clerks and Mallrats, Chasing Amy will receive the 10th anniversary DVD treatment, but it will only be the bonus disc.


One of the top questions here at News Askew has always been “When’s Chasing Amy X coming out on DVD?” This tenth anniversary set was something that we just assumed would arrive much like Mallrats X did, with a jam-packed edition including the film as well as that Q&A we watched them film at Vulgarthon LA, along with some other stuff. Well, we have the answer for ya now, sorta. Once again, View Askew is blazing the trail and looking out for the fans, by allowing us to get all that great NEW stuff without having to buy the film all over again (no “double dipping” here). We think that IGN said it best (http://dvd.ign.com/articles/808/808934p1.html):
During his panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Smith confirmed that a supplementary DVD will be released next year for his 1997 Spirit Award winning Chasing Amy. To keep the style of special edition versions of his movie going, Smith’s opus will get a special edition treatment, but rather than being packaged into a new “collectors edition” DVD set, a single disc will be released that is set to include a slew of extras to act as a counterpart to the Criterion Collection DVD released in 2000. Set to be included with the new disc is a Chasing Amy documentary found on the web, a post-screening Q and A from a film festival as well as interviews and reflections from the cast and crew of the film.
Smith said to expect this new disc to be available sometime next summer.So, there’s your answer. We’re sorry to say you’ll need to wait another year to see this stuff, but we’re sure it will be worth it — Criterion doesn’t mess around when it comes to their DVD work, and neither do Kevin and View Askew. It’ll be here before ya know it. As for a dual-disc set, at this point nothing’s been announced, so it looks like you’ll need to buy them seperately (if for some crazy reason you don’t already own it). We’ll let you know as we hear more.I really like this idea. I, like many others, really hate double dipping for a movie that isn't an extended/director's cut.
I'm also a cautiously optimistic. I'll wait and see how it turns out and what the price will be for it. Anything more than $10 seems excessive, which could be pushing it, IMO.
If it works, hopefully other studios will continue the trend.

Beast
07-30-2007, 07:04 PM
Only things I don't like about the idea...

1. The transfer for the Criterion Chasing Amy isn't the greatest. It's also misframed in one scene, which hasn't been fixed since the laserdisc days.

2. Since it's just a bonus disc, no new Audio Commentary/Commentaries with the cast and crew... looking back at the film over a decade later now. Boo.

General_Grievous
07-31-2007, 12:56 AM
Interesting idea, but I don't think I'll even buy it. I didn't even buy the Mallrats 10th Anniversary Edition. If Smith thinks he can do the same thing for Dogma or even Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, he's nuts. Those DVDs are already packed with extras.

JediTricks
08-05-2007, 05:21 PM
When he said "just the second disk" I had to scoff, as cute an idea as it is, where are they going to sell this? I remember him saying there will be the full 2pack available as well, which makes sense since that's a growth audience while the bonus-only disk isn't. But ultimately, this is the double-dipper's dilemma and I suspect Criterion is going to eat it on this move.

Not that I care, I thought Chasing Amy sucked worst of all the Viewaskewniverse. (I avoided Mallrats because everybody said it sucked, then I avoided Chasing Amy because it LOOKED like it sucked, but everybody said it was great so eventually I gave them both a chance and was shocked at how entertaining Mallrats turned out to be and how pompous and false Chasing Amy was. That's right, I said it!)

El Chuxter
08-05-2007, 06:08 PM
This isn't unprecedented, as they did the same thing with The Matrix.

Any word on a bonus disc for Jersey Girl?

JimJamBonds
08-05-2007, 10:36 PM
Awesome that means the "F DVD" comment at the start of the commentary will not be replaced with a 2007 commentary.

2-1B
08-06-2007, 04:40 PM
A bonus disc only for Jersey Girl would probably outsell the movie itself.

JediTricks
08-06-2007, 04:55 PM
How about selling the rights to NOT purchase it? That'd be the best seller of all. :D

2-1B
08-06-2007, 08:26 PM
Yeah JT, good idea - maybe pay for a lifetime blocking of the film...you pay $29.99 SRP (cheaper in the discount chains) and then you are guaranteed against ever seeing it on DVD, on TV, or at a friend's house. Also insures against accidental exposure / partial viewings.

lol lol lol

(Chux you know I'm a fan of Jersey Girl. :) )

JON9000
08-07-2007, 09:19 AM
Not that I care, I thought Chasing Amy sucked worst of all the Viewaskewniverse. (I avoided Mallrats because everybody said it sucked, then I avoided Chasing Amy because it LOOKED like it sucked, but everybody said it was great so eventually I gave them both a chance and was shocked at how entertaining Mallrats turned out to be and how pompous and false Chasing Amy was. That's right, I said it!)

Hooper X alone was worth the money. Also, the point needed to be made- gay-bashing is an acute form of self-loathing. I thought the deleted-scene in the comic shop with Steve-Dave and Walt the fanboy was a riot. There was also a nice scene where the other lesbians reacted with disgust when Alyssa said she was with a dude. It confronts a lot of issues- but it isn't a movie I would really want to see again, Banky just gets on my nerves and some of the dialogue is just atrocious.

2-1B
08-07-2007, 06:55 PM
"Archie is not f***ing Mr. Witherby!"

JediTricks
08-08-2007, 12:58 AM
Hooper X alone was worth the money. Also, the point needed to be made- gay-bashing is an acute form of self-loathing. I thought the deleted-scene in the comic shop with Steve-Dave and Walt the fanboy was a riot. There was also a nice scene where the other lesbians reacted with disgust when Alyssa said she was with a dude. It confronts a lot of issues- but it isn't a movie I would really want to see again, Banky just gets on my nerves and some of the dialogue is just atrocious.
My problem with it is that Banky and Holden both ring incredibly false to me the longer we got to know them, and the way things worked out had no bearing on how anybody would have behaved there. Plus, Silent Bob's big speech... man, that was so much horsesh** and just went on and on and on, like Smith decided it was his big chance to break the 4th wall and lecture every viewer. Even the dialogue in this one was fun at first but quickly got heavily labored.

Droid
08-08-2007, 01:30 PM
I don't get why Mallrats gets such a bad rap. It is my favorite of Smith's movies.

Chasing Amy is my least favorite. I thought it started well; the scene about Lando was really hilarious and the Archie stuff was great. But, I'm with JediTricks, it just goes downhill and the ending is terrible.

JediTricks
08-09-2007, 02:50 PM
I think Mallrats gets a bad rap because it's more entertainment and less monologuing. Personally, I think that's a good thing, it's more balanced a film, more accessible and more interesting. Plus, you've got Stan Lee and Priscilla "Three's Company" Barnes' disturbing psychic scene. :eek:

Rocketboy
08-09-2007, 10:51 PM
Even though I really like Chasing Amy, its the only Kevin Smith film I don't own on DVD. Never really had a great deal on it anywhere I guess. If they release a two pack with the bonus disc, I'll probably bite.

And there is a Extended/Director's Cut of Jersey Girl out there that Kevin has screened for fans. He has said before that he'd like to release it on DVD, but the sales/reception of Jersey Girl may prevent that.