Alex D. (SwapaGoat) from STERLING HTS, MI Reviewed on 12/3/2007...
Has my highest recommendation for fans of Kevin Smith, his movies, Ben Affleck, and most any filmmakers.
This one takes about 5 or 6 of Kevin Smith's famous Q&A sessions and merges them together into a best of sort of release that practically flows together like a single show.
Volume 2 is great, and vol. 3 is on it's way. Kevin did a 7.5 hour Q&A session on his 37th birthday this year in New Jersey...
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An Evening to Remember
Michael Crane | Orland Park, IL USA | 12/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""An Evening with Kevin Smith" reveals just about everything you ever wanted to know about the genius behind the films "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma," and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." That's right, the really quiet guy actually has a lot to say, and it is all entertaining, insightful, interesting, and funny as hell. Coming from a guy who watches and listens to a lot of stand-up comedy, I was laughing pretty much non-stop.Smith isn't trying to be funny... it just happens to turn out that way. His subtle and quiet tone makes it all the more entertaining and funny. Through the humor and sarcastic responses, there's nothing but honesty and sincerity about the filmmaking business that he is in.With two disks, you get over 3 hours of Kevin Smith talking to various universities. As soon as the disks are over, you want to watch them again. I love all of Smith's movies, although I have to admit "Chasing Amy" is probably my least favorite (but I still think it's good), and watching this was not only funny and entertaining, but it was very informative. Smith isn't shy about answering the tough questions. (Some of them, he should be though. You'll know what I mean when you see it.)He talks about everything. Some of the stuff he covers are what went on behind the shooting of his movies, his relationships with his actors and friends, critics who have bad-mouthed him, a really messed up director who's obsessed with friggen spiders, how he met his wife, his run in with Tim Burton (or not so much of a "run-in," more like a "press-in), Scott Mosier Stories, and much, much more.The DVD set is really cool. To my surprise, the whole thing is WIDESCREEN. Always a major welcome, no matter what the content is. Since this is only Kevin Smith talking to universities, there's no need for special features galore, however there are some bonus trailers. The DVDs are also digitally mastered in audio and anamorphic video.If you are a fan of Kevin Smith, then this is a must-have. Go and buy this right now! Trust me, you will not regret it for a second. Hey, I even recommend this for all of Smith's negative critics. Maybe they can take something positive from it all. I was really impressed. You'll laugh and learn at the same time. Now who often does that happen?"
Quality entertainment that is constantly funny
tash226 | Louisville, KY | 12/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kevin Smith is the director behind five of my favorite movies. Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back were all created as a part of Kevin's "New Jersey Chronicles," in which each of the afformentioned movies had recurring characters from the previous films. Each film is laced with witty dialogue and even some serious messages mixed in. On this DVD, Kevin talks about anything and everything ranging from the failed documentary with Prince to a soft-core porn involving Jason Mewes, who is known to all as Jay in the "New Jersey" movies. Kevin's most interesting topic was the controversey surrounding "Dogma." Kevin talks about the death threats he recieved, his Catholic up-bringing and about the time he picketted at his own movie. However, nothing is as amusing as the story behind his failed attempt to revive the Superman movie franchise. Kevin talks about his meetings with Warner Bros. executives and the producer at the time who had some unusual requests as to what he wanted included in the script. All and all, if you are a fan of the Kevin Smith movies, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this DVD. If you have not seen any of Kevin's movies, you owe it to yourself to buy every single one of them and then to buy this."
This isn't the first DVD
Christopher Campbell | Packer Country | 11/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everyone reviewing this is actually reviewing "An Evening with Kevin Smith" not the one that hasn't been released yet. Come on people...."
4 hours of great Stories! A must buy
John Stensrude | Minneapolis | 12/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Each disc contains 2 hours (4 hours total) of straight Q&A between the students and Kevin. Kevin "whity satirical dialog" often leads into hilarious stories of his personal and professional experiences. His stories about Prince, Superman reborn, meeting his wife, meeting Jay for the first time, PTA, protesting Dogma, and Jay's porn career are classics. The editing did a good job of cutting out many of the questions that have been answered in Kevin's many interviews. Parts of these stories have been heard before but here they are presented with much more depth and detail. The lack of dvd extras was a let down. And only 1 Easter egg found so far. Unlike Kevin's movies this disc may not lead repeat viewing for most viewers. This DVD is a must for Kevin Smith fans."
An Evening Well-Spent
Peter Wright | Sammamish, WA United States | 12/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This peek into the View Askewniverse and mind of Kevin Smith is one wild ride. If you find Smith's movies funny, you'll find yourself with side pains during this. Sure, there are few bonus features on the 2-disc set, but that's because all the bonus features were already included in the program itself. Whatever happened to the Superman script Kevin was working on? What's up with Magnolia Fan? Does Kevin think he's going to go to Hell for writing Dogma? Is Jason Mewes gay? All these questions and more (much more) are answered in this candid look at Q&A sessions from several different colleges with the master himself. Any Kevin Smith fan will thrill to the hilarious back stories shared about the creation of the five movies that have reshaped modern cinema. Also, be sure to watch the fun Kevin has with people who leave the Main Menu on for a prolonged period of time. It's nearly four hours of the best look into an artist's mind since Stephen King wrote "On Writing." Kevin, if you see this, thanks for the fun and for five of the best movies I've ever seen. Oh, and I need some money....you know what you can get for $5!"