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Dogma - Special Edition vs. Regular Edition: New Joe's Quick and Dirty DVD Review
Reviewed by Joe Hourcle, ©

Format: Movie
By:   Kevin Smith (writer, director)
Review Date:  
RevSF Rating:   9/10 and 3/10 (What Is This?)

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Dogma -- Special Edition

Yes, I know it's normally lame, but packaging can be cool, too. Sure, those boxes of abnormal shapes that they sold some early 90s computer games in sucked ass, but well, they've given you a nice little box, and a DVD case that looks like a book, to try to make it look classy. The disks are, conveniently, not double-sided, so they've gone and printed some humorous art on them, as opposed to leaving them mostly blank, or with that damned printing that you have to tilt the disk at just the right angle to be able to read what the hell it says.

Now, you might think I'm going to gush all over the great special edition, but before I do that, I'd like to point out that the menus use 'mystery meat navigation', which has been shown to be useless in web pages, and now rears its ugly head in DVD menus.

Now, that's not to say that the 'My Opinion' stuff that they're using as a cut scene isn't damned funny. The technical commentary is amazingly non-technical, until you're 30 minutes into the film, and then I think they managed to confuse each other, but the 'Video Hijinks' commentary is great. This is the sort of thing that I've been expecting for years out of 'interactive' media, and it makes me wonder why the hell no one else has done it. It's also funny that they've censored the commentary tracks, and bleeped out names and companies that they've dealt with.

The scene selection suffers from the common problem of not being able to jump quickly to scene 16 without having to go through four screens to get there, but they've given us little video clips, not still shots, which is always nice. It'd have been nice if they had looped the sound cleanly, though.

And yet, I still haven't even mentioned the second disk. Not only do we have 16 deleted scenes, but you get a quick commentary about 'em, and you can see a glazed over Jay and the young Bob before Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which helps to keep them from being 'crap that we cut from the movie because it sucked, but you get it because you shelled out $30 for the DVD'.

The storyboards are kind of cool, but I have no clue what they were thinking with the fake yellow legal pad. The outtakes are, well, your basic out takes for the most part - people blowing their lines, doing stupid things, etc. If you're going to watch 'em, make sure to look for the Star Wars commentary on the train. The rest is okay, but, well, it's just outtakes.

If nothing else, you can make your friends who got the regular edition jealous of all of the extra stuff which they don't have. Even for the stuff that they have, you have the Pokemon trading card version of the cast list.

After much deliberation, I think I'm going to have to give them a 9. I hate to be throwing that big of a number up there this quickly, but well, it is a two disk set, damnit. As much as I hate the mystery meat navigation, the commentary before deleted scenes helped to cancel it out, and the 'video hijinks' bit definitely makes it fit my definition of a 9.

Dogma -- Regular Edition

Well, obviously, if I called this the 'regular edition', that would suggest to you that there's some other, better edition, and not that they also put out the 'inferior edition'. And well, yes, there's significantly less on this copy than the 'Special Edition' version.

However, that also means that you might have a chance at snagging it at significantly reduced prices, if you're performing testing to see if the laser in a DVD will slowly eat its way through the disk after 473 viewings.

The 'Regular Edition' is one of those annoying double-sided disks, that for the first few months I'd always put the wrong way in. I mean, hell, I'm looking at the side that says 'widescreen', and the DVD reads from the bottom, so obviously, I need to put the 'widescreen' side down, right?

Someone needs to beat whoever came up with these damned double-sided disks. They sucked with video disk, they still suck with DVD.

Once you'd been sufficiently bitter about that little spec of dust which fell onto the disk, then generated a greasy fingerprint as you attempted to wipe it off, making the disk completely useless, you'd put the other side down, and find that the disk contains... next to nothing.

Well, you've got your little 'talent files' section, and 'trailers'. Along with the Dogma trailer, we've got The Opposite of Sex. Why the hell do they do this crap to us?

Sure, we've got a few megs more, let's try to put in some advertising for some other movie, and we'll call it a 'special feature'. If I wanted the trailer for The Opposite of Sex, I'd have bought the damned movie, okay? And I didn't, I bought Dogma. Oh, wait, no I didn't. My roommate did, I waited for the Special Edition.

I'm going to have to give this a 3. As much as I might have liked to have put it in there with a mediocre 4, I hate the double-sided disks a little too much. It probably would have stood a better chance at a 4 if I rated it before I saw the Special Edition.

-If you put a backwards baseball cap and a black trenchcoat on RevSF columnist Joe Hourcle, he looks just like Silent Bob. Come to think of it, you really only need to put the black cap on him, 'cause he's probably already wearing the trench.

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