DOGMA

  THE STORY SO FAR… In this hilarious comic fantasy from writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), two banished angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) find a loophole that...

 

THE STORY SO FAR…

In this hilarious comic fantasy from writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), two banished angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) find a loophole that would get them back into Heaven. The only snag? They’ll be destroying existence in the process. In an effort to stop them, the overworked Voice of God (Alan Rickman) taps cynical mortal Bethany (Linda Fiorentino) to save the world by preventing the angels from reaching their unholy destination: New Jersey! Throw in two unlikely prophets named Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith), the quick-witted yet little-known thirteenth apostle(Chris Rock) and a sexy, former muse with a case of writer’s block (Salma Hayek), and you’ve got an hysterical and thrilling race against time packed with an all-star cast that Entertainment Weekly called “one of the best movies of 1999!”

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Cast and Crew Commentary
  • Technical Commentary
  • Cast and Crew Outtakes
  • Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash Commercial
  • Storyboards From 3 Major Scenes

 

THE BREAKDOWN:

  • Video: I’ve now seen this film in the best presentation outside of theatrical exhibition.
  • Audio: English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Extras: Commentaries, Outtakes, Commercial and Storyboards
  • Packaging: Standard Blu-Ray keepcase
  • Final Tally: 96% – A

THE THOUGHTS:

Films that treat religion with vulgar humor always have a difficult time carving their niche in theaters. Whether it is â??Life of Brianâ? or â??Dogmaâ?, the subject matter is usually considered to be out of the profane realm. So, when it is used humorously by filmmakers, some people decide to react violently. Thus, the release of the film was batted around the 1999 schedule, until it was finally released by Miramax. It found a release with Lions Gate who ended up garnering one of their first early hits with the film. Letâ??s start the review.

â??Dogmaâ? opens with a brief disclaimer about Godâ??s sense of humor and the noble platypus. The film then progresses to John Doe Jersey (Bud Cort) being beaten to death by the Stygian Triplets at Asbury Park after a game of skeeball. The film then moves to an airport in Wisconsin. Former Angel of Death Loki (Matt Damon) and former angel Bartleby (Ben Affleck) are having a theological discussion about the true meaning of â??Alice in Wonderlandâ?. Loki tells a nun the true meaning and gets her to renounce her devout Catholicism for a life of true bliss. Loki and Bartleby laugh at the poor soul and talk about a plan to escape Wisconsin and return to Heaven.

Theyâ??re going to prove that the Church on Earth has contradicted Godâ??s law and has created a loophole for them to return to Heaven. The problem is that by exploiting the loophole, they run the chance of destroying existence. They donâ??t care; they just want to get the hell out of Wisconsin. Bethany Sloane (Linda Fiorentino) on the other hand works at a Planned Parenthood clinic. She fakes her way through mass at the local Catholic Church out of habit not desire.

Everything changes for Bethany when she finds the Metatron (Alan Rickman) in her room late at night. The Metatron gives her the lowdown on who she is and what she means to the pending battle to save humanity. She isnâ??t willing to accept the fact that she is the Last Scion of Christ. That is until she meets two prophets named Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith). She finds a way to arrive in New Jersey due to something that Jay tells her. The trio grabs a car and heads for the Garden State.

Along the way, they pick up the 13th Apostle Rufus (Chris Rock) and meet Serendipity the Stripper (Salma Hayek). They battle the likes of the Golgothan and Azrael (Jason Lee) before they finally arrive in New Jersey to meet Cardinal Glick (George Carlin). They tell Glick to call off the ceremony that will allow Loki and Bartleby to return to Heaven. Glick wonâ??t stand for the demands to call off the rededication of the Church and kicks everyone out of his office. Thatâ??s when Azrael and the Stygian triplets catch up with the group. What comes next forms the thrust of the third act.

The film builds to a point that turns to flick into a comic style odyssey through the American Midwest that leads to a final showdown where God (Alanis Morrisette) appears. And, itâ??s a face of God that is fresh and works as a final note to the film. Sheâ??s a loving creator that makes everything right and lets us know that weâ??re all loved. Itâ??s a nice, pleasant ending that is a tad boring. And, thatâ??s what plagued this film. Itâ??s a solid flick, but nothing really happens. The only thing that saves it from being totally average is the humorous antics of Jay and Silent Bob.

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“Dogma” comes to Blu-Ray with one of the most impressive transfers I’ve seen on Blu-Ray. The audio is standard and the special features are ports over from the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. What is so impressive is how the field of depth has improved with the 1080 upgrade. I’m seeing details in scenes that I never saw before. Especially, when the Metatron informs Bethany of what she means to the world. There were people across the lake actually doing stuff in the background. I don’t even remember seeing that level of clarity in the theatrical print.

 

Sure, theatrical exhibition is the highest level of quality that one can achieve, but the Blu-Ray took it to the next level for the home experience. Say what you will about Kevin Smith’s directing style, but High Definition has made his work look amazing. This is a guaranteed blind buy for all the readers. You will not be disappointed. Â

 

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