Jay and Silent Bob Reboot have the two iconic title characters scrambling to make it to Hollywood in order to stop the reboot film they are the basis for yet again. It's packed with the usual jokes, cameos, and a bit of heart this time around. The Blu-ray comes with a 1080p HD transfer and a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track, along with some excellent bonus features. Highly Recommended!
There are many cinematic universes in the world now. It seems like no matter where you turn, a new movie universe is born whether it be the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal Monsters, Giant Lizards, or even When Freddy Met Jason. Before making your movie into a crossover universe, a young filmmaker named Kevin Smith created his own movie world that crossed over multiple films with the help of his two-characters Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith respectively). Smith's dialogue-driven screenplays are full of perfectly crafted words that include some of the best dick and fart jokes ever told, and it kept the filmmaker and his friends in the business for some 25 years now, which has led Smith himself to tackle different genres and mediums. Now, he is tackling his middle-aged life, now that he has a teenage daughter in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which is the same film as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back from 18 years ago, but you know, rebooted. And it's a pleasure to watch Smith have the time of his life once again with his family, playing with all the things he created before they were cool and mainstream.
As with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, this Reboot follows the same guidelines. Jay and Silent Bob find out about a reboot of Bluntman and Chronic being made, so they set out on an epic cross-country journey to Hollywood to stop the film from being made. Along the trip, they meet up with a ton of people from their past, which includes the most cameos from any film, meta-jokes about remakes and reboots, and a healthy dose of some heart that gives these usual one-note stoners some excellent development.
As Jay and Silent Bob are growing older, so are their characters, but it doesn't stop them from delivering funny diatribes on the latest topical issues in their own unique brand of comedy. It's with the addition of Kevin Smith's kid, Harley Quinn Smith who plays Millennium "Milly" Faulken that gives this reboot some legs. It turns out, Milly is actually Jay's long lost kid from Justice (Shannon Elizabeth), which gives Jay some honest emotions about growing up and being there for someone that's not himself. It's an endearing element of the story as now the stoner duo has turned into a trio at Chronic-Con, Smith's version of Comic-Con in California.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot have no qualms about what kind of movie it is. In fact, it thrives on self-deprecating humor as it pokes fun at almost every aspect of Kevin's life, from him being too fat to fly, his vegan diet, casting his family in his films, and suckering his famous friends to come back and work on his productions. All the jokes and people are here to give you that smile once again. It's a nostalgic trip down memory lane that only fans of Smith's work will understand.
While you might have heard and seen every joke play out in some form or fashion here before, you can't help but crack a smile, light up a joint, and enjoy Jay and Silent Bob Reboot as much as Kevin Smith had making the film. It's like watching a kid come back to his toy box after 18 years and rediscovering the things he loved.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot rolls its way to Blu-ray from Lionsgate with a Blu-ray Disc and Digital Copy. The lone disc is housed in a hard, blue plastic case featuring the wonderful artwork of the film, consisting of most of the characters in the movie.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot remakes itself to Blu-ray from Lionsgate with a 1080p HD transfer and 2.40:1 aspect ratio. This digitally shot image has a wealth of natural colors and vivid detail throughout.
A lot of natural light helps the primary colors pop bolder than ever here with a rich color palette in all lighting conditions. Inside Brodie's Comic Stash, a wide array of colors stand out in the comic book issues, the neon signs, and the colored walls in the background. It's a feast for the eyes. Once at Chronic-Con around hundreds of people wearing colorful costumes, the color levels are all bright and strong. There is a blue filter during the panel sequences that have a lot of flashing lights, which all look spectacular too, and never hinders the detail. Darker sequences tend to have inky black levels that don't bleed either. Skin tones are always natural too.
The detail is lucid, showcasing some fantastic textures and makeup effects in each sequence. Aging lines and wrinkles on the actor's faces are noticeable and makeup effects on Bluntman and Chronic look great. Individual hairs in Jay and Kevin's long hair can be seen easily and the wool and linen textures in their wardrobe are superb. Background props and sets all have a nice depth to it and rarely looks flat. Lastly, there are no big issues with any banding, aliasing, or video noise to speak of.
This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track that lights up the soundstage frequently. Sound effects are robust and at times have that silly, cartoony element that makes thems sound enhanced. The biggest audio moments come to play at Chronic-Con, where there are hoards of cosplayers walking around, music playing, and people chattering in the background. It's a fully immersive sequence. It's amplified when Silent Bob turns into Iron Bob and burst through the door, which brings the low end of bass to a good rumble.
The bass also kicks in during the many musical cues of nostalgic music and vehicles driving on the highway. Ambient noises of a road trip, people in restaurants and comic books shops are all satisfactory too. Dialogue is clean and clear as well. There were no audio problems to speak of either.
There are about 100 minutes of bonus features here, mostly consisting of some solid, funny interviews from pretty much everyone involved making the film. They are fun to watch and you can tell the love for Kevin and Jay are infectious.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is an entertaining look at a large group of friends all coming back some two decades later to play the characters that made them famous. With tons of inside jokes and a certain charm that brings Jay and Silent Bob into the next chapter of their lives, this film succeeds in bringing its now middle-aged audience with them on that journey. What a treat. The video and audio presentations are both solid and the bonus features are well worth the watch. Highly Recommended!