If you have been waiting for some quality DVDs to invest in, two new releases may be of interest to you. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Collector’s Series) starring Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith and Bones starring Snoop Dogg, both have plenty to offer.
To begin with, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back offers a commentary with director/lead-actor Kevin Smith, lead-actor Jason Mewes, and producer Scott Mosier. It is pretty entertaining, but not as funny as some of the commentaries offered on Smith’s other DVDs such as Chasing Amy and Dogma.
However, the deleted scenes, which include introductions by Smith, Mewes, and Mosier are hilarious, sometimes more so then the actual movie itself. One reason for this may be because, as Smith and Mosier explain on the DVD, the film was originally rated NC-17 and had to be cut three times in order to receive an R-rating.
Thus, we get to enjoy all of the raunchy stoner humor that got cut in the theatrical release.
Another excellent feature on the Jay and Silent Bob DVD is “The Secret Stash,” a bunch of clips of actors such as Will Ferrell, Judd Nelson and Ben Affleck doing take after take of hilarious dialogue. Then, there is a gag reel, which is also as hilarious as the movie itself with intros by Smith.
The rest of the features include Internet trailers, TV spots, still galleries, storyboards, a behind-the-scenes featurette, two music videos, some weird info about clips of Mewes and Smith with Morris Day and the Time, DVD-ROM capabilities and much more. This is a definite must-have in your personal DVD collection just for the extra features alone.
Next we have Bones, which is not exactly the kind of DVD that I would consider a must-have, but it does offer quite a few entertaining features.
The best feature is the commentary with director Ernest Dickerson (Juice), Screenwriter Adam Simon, and Snoop Dogg himself. The three get into some pretty funny and interesting conversations, especially when Snoop chimes in.
If you are a fan of Snoop, then another great feature you will really enjoy is the live concert footage and music video of “Dogg named Snoop”. The concert footage is one of the most entertaining aspects of this DVD, something you really must check out.
Other features on the Bones DVD include two original Documentaries entitled Digging Up Bones and Urban Gothic: Bones and Its Influences. Digging up Bones is your basic behind-the-scenes look at the movie. Urban Gothic: Bones and Its Influences explores where Dickerson got the idea of the “urban gothic” style which he used in the film.
The DVD offers four more features including deleted scenes with director’s commentary, a theatrical press kit, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM capabilities. All in all, I would suggest purchasing the Bones DVD if you are a fan of Snoop Dogg or director Ernest Dickerson. Otherwise, just rent it.