Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes
Release Date: December 6, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
Following a massive heart attack, Randal enlists his friends and fellow clerks Dante, Elias, Jay, and Silent Bob to make a movie immortalizing his life at the convenience store that started it all.
Please Note: Lionsgate Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Clerks III’ rejoins Dante and Randal still working at the local Quick Stop and living lives quite similar to the ones they were living decades prior, while Jay and Silent Bob now run a local pot shop in the old video store location next door. But when Randal has an unexpected heart attack it causes him to reevaluate his life and choices. Deciding that he wants to make a movie about his life and experiences, he enlists Dante, Jay, Bob and some other friends to make it happen, but as the filming process begins and old life events are revisited along the way, it begins to cause a rift between old friends.
Once again written and directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) who does a solid job at the helm of ‘Clerks III’ guiding along this hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt new installment in the series. The cast this time around includes Brian O’Halloran (Jay and Silent Bob Reboot), Jeff Anderson (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Trevor Fehrman (Clerks II), Austin Zajur (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Jason Mewes (Dogma), Rosario Dawson (Rent) and more, with the majority offering quite solid and capable performances for the most part in each of their respective roles.
‘Clerks III’ returns viewers to the world of Dante, Randal and the Quick Stop with a new tale that tackles such concepts as getting older and where we are in life, not to mention dealing with loss and simply accepting your place in the world even if it might feel somewhat imperfect at times. While the latest film has a much more dramatic approach at times and can almost be mildly depressing on occasion due the realism and struggles that both of these characters have endured since the last film, that doesn’t mean it isn’t loaded with more than enough hilarity to keep fans rolling throughout. The audition scene for the movie (in a movie) is truly comedic gold and the flood of familiar faces trying out for the roles and spouting popular vulgar phrases from the series is one of the most humorous moments within, although far from the only laugh out loud moment.
Smith does a great job of taking some real life events from his personal life and integrating them into these two characters (after all, they were both based on different aspects of Smith’s own personality) and finds a commendable balance between the emotion and the carefree fun of its predecessors. Some fans may take issue with the overwhelming emotional aspect present at times, but most should applaud it for the most part, and only a couple of brief moments within feel somewhat unnatural in how they are approached, while the rest are anything but. It’s a largely enjoyable and fitting new chapter in the series that dares to do something different and fans of the series definitely won’t want to overlook it.
Overall, ‘Clerks III’ brings back our favorite convenience store clerks for a new chapter that’s filled with plenty of hilarious moments and amusing dissections of our world, as well as a lot more heart and emotional moments than fans might initially expect from the Kevin Smith series. ‘Clerks III’ is definitely recommended, especially for fans of Smith’s work and of the previous two Clerks films in particular who won’t want to miss out on this new installment. It’s a hilarious and surprisingly emotional new entry in the series that takes the story of these two convenience store workers to some surprising places. If you’re already looking forward to the new film but haven’t yet had a chance to check it out, then I would strongly encourage you to do so whenever possible. It should certainly be well worth your time and the price of a rental at the very least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Clerks III’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole and provides a clean, sharp and richly detailed presentation from start to finish that never suffers from any unexpected faults or troubles along the way. It delivers a notably smooth and clean presentation that looks sharp and gorgeous in its display of everything from character details and facial features down to backgrounds and everything else onscreen and leaves little to be disappointed about during its duration. Overall, this is a great high definition video presentation that holds up nicely throughout and should more than please fans of the series.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack offers a clean, crisp and at times surprisingly immersive audio presentation throughout, especially considering the type of film it is. It takes advantage of all seven available channels at its disposal quite regularly in order to send music, some background chatter and nature elements, along with a fair bit more regularly expanding throughout the various speakers, while always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously never become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a fully capable Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that sounds even better than most will likely expect.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Clerks III’ is absolutely jam-packed with bonus content that fans should thoroughly appreciate, kicking off with an ‘Introduction by Kevin Smith’ (running approximately 2 minutes in length) thanking fans and praising physical media before we even reach the disc’s menu. The main extras on the disc include an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Smith, Actors Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Trevor Fehrman and Austin Zajur’, along with numerous ‘Deleted and Alternate Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 30 minutes altogether), plus ‘The Clerks III Documentary’ (approximately 96 minutes) which features an in-depth look at the process of bringing the film to life and featuring loads of interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and much more. We are also treated to a look at the series over the years and the impact it’s had in ‘We’re Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today: 3 Decades of Clerks’ (approximately 75 minutes), as well as the film’s ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (2 minutes).
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Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
‘Clerks III’ Arrives Home on 4K Ultra HD*, Blu-ray & DVD on December 6, 2022 & is Now Available on Digital from Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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