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Clerks (1994)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writer/director/actor/producer Kevin Smith, producer Scott Mosier, actors Brian O'Halloran, Jason Mewes, and Walter Flanagan, View Askew historian Vincent Pereira, and Malcom Ingram Rating:7.5/10 (55 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Littlejerry 1.4 on July 1st, 2004:Find all reviews by Littlejerry 1.4
I have only one problem with this commentary. There are 7 people in this room (sometimes eight when Mallrats Producer Jim Jacks pops in for a visit.) and they have only one mic. Other than that great commentary from a great indie film.
Reviewed by pennylane520 on September 4th, 2007:Find all reviews by pennylane520
Kevin Smith & the rest of View Askew always give excellent commentaries, and so if you enjoy their work, I recommend listening to any and all of them. This particular one is very informative and funny, but that could be said for any of them. That said, I wish Mewes had been concious during the whole thing, because he is just hilarious always. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by NosulRagal on February 6th, 2010:Find all reviews by NosulRagal
A preface: I love Kevin Smith, his work, and (usually) all his commentaries. Kev's movies are funny, and the majority are also very insightful. I have nothing against him, his body of work, or anyone else associated with him.

However, personally, this is NOT a good commentary. Kevin has a tendency to mumble into the mic, and a good portion of his comments sound like they're coming through a speaker at the bottom of a pool. It's odd, because just about everyone else who speaks comes across very clear.

The other detractor is Jay Mewes passing out about 15 minutes into the track. In most of the other View Askew commentaries (Mallrats, Dogma, and especially Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), Mewes is noticeably intoxicated or otherwise messed up. In this one, as Smith himself notes, Mewes is flat out drunk and completely incapable of adding anything to the track beyond the occasional snore and slurred exclamation.

All in all, the 10th Anniversary commentary on the Clerks X set is an IMMENSE improvement over this one. Mewes is actually awake, Jeff Anderson is involved, Smith comes across loud and clear, and everyone is far funnier and helpful.

I cannot recommend this commentary to anyone, especially fans of Smith's work.
Reviewed by Michael_Ryne on May 5th, 2010:Find all reviews by Michael_Ryne
Decent commentary. Not as good as the rest of Kevin Smith's commentaries, but good. Very raw.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on December 28th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
I didn't like this track. There is only one mic and too many people. Most of time, you can hear someone mumbling in the background and Kevin saying "Yeah, yeah. We did that too." I found this a chore to listen to.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 24th, 2019:Find all reviews by grimjack
Kevin Smiths first commentary track, and he surprisingly does not go overboard with too many jokes, stories, or praises. He just sort of watches the film and brings up topics that he is reminded of each scene. Sometimes the whole group joins in. He has done better commentary tracks, but this is worth listening to, and not bad.