Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith (2008) - Two-Disc Special Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
Weinstein Company || NR - 222 minutes - $19.98 || October 21, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-10-23


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Kevin Smith


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Extra Footage


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

At this point, for some Kevin Smith is just as well known for his cult movies like Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma (with Clerks II and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back getting some love) as he is for his “stand-up” routine. No, this isn’t Bill Cosby or Jerry Seinfeld type of concert but it is stand-up comedy for the geeks and fanboys (dunno if there is a distinction).

It all started in 2002 with An Evening with Kevin Smith as the vulgar cult writer/director takes Q&A’s from the audience (at 5 colleges) and then goes into a long-winded all-around answer to those questions offering up stories from behind the camera or even stuff he’s worked on that never panned out. One of the most classic stories came out of it involving Tim Burton and the Superman movie starring Nicholas Cage, if you haven’t already, you need to listen to it yourself... In any case, Smith follows that up in 2006 with An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder contains more Q&A’s this time from Canada and England. This “sequel” wasn’t nearly as good as the original (thanks to some truly retarded questions), but still has the occasional nuggets that will entertain fans.

But Kevin Smith returns to form with Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith, this time the Q&A’s are a little better and there’s more continuity as the entire event takes place in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. Over the course of the 222 minute running time, he probably fields maybe 5 or 6 questions and takes them on a tangent. One of the weaker points, at least for me, was his story on his dogs (how one of his larger dogs went after a miniature dioxin and not attacking mind you). The story was funny enough for the first 10 or 15-minutes before it seemed to drag on, but given this was the “worst” of the entire event, it wasn’t awful.

My favorite, as a movie enthusiast, is Smith’s recall of his days on the set of Live Free or Die Hard and working with Bruce Willis. Several things were great about this, for one it’s a little inside baseball as he tells how an entire day of filming went to waste as they (director Len Wiseman and Bruce Willis) debated about whether Smith should be sitting in a chair or not, plus Smith offering to rewrite the scene after which it had to be approved by the studio (which didn’t come until late in the day). The other aspect is his experience with Bruce Willis, something you’ll want to hear on your own. I could go on and on about his experience on Jury Duty (with an, um, anal fissure) or talking about Clerks II and other topics.

Threevening still doesn’t match the hilarity of the original but it is a step up from Evening 2 as it contains a couple hilarious stories that will make you laugh until you cry (sorry for the use of a cliché). The only disappointment was Jason Mewes does not make an appearance this go around, but I guess it’s good to have a break.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Although not called so, there are a ton of deleted scenes (Q&A’s) where Smith answers more questions from the audience. Some are fairly short (3-5 minutes) while others are a little dumb. He does talk a little about his next project after Zak and Miri Make a Porno, called Red State, though he doesn’t go too much as things can fall apart and never get done.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is your standard picture. It’s a concert with a dude on stage talking shit and telling stories. What more do you want other than a clean picture? The Q&A is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 AR.

Again, nothing fancy, just a decent Dolby Stereo Surround track that is perfectly suitable for this type of content. You honestly don’t need this in 5.1 surround.



.::OVERALL::.

Sold Out is a great addition to Kevin Smith’s popular “stand-up” comedy (again, not in the same vein as Cosby or Seinfeld) and is a fantastic DVD for fanboys to hear some inside Hollywood stuff along with some of Smith’s everyday routine. This “Two-Disc Special Edition” doesn’t have the bonus features of the last two, but the deleted footage is nice to have and put together with the main event, you have over 5 hours to mull through.