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Dogma
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Dogma

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Director: Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Matt Damon

Cast: Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Matt Damon

 

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Previously released on DVD as a no-frills disc, Columbia TriStar Home Video has thankfully re-released Kevin Smith's controversial satirical religious fantasy, Dogma, as a two-disc special edition. The DVD is thoroughly excellent and a prime example of what the format is really capable of. Disc one contains the digitally mastered film in its original theatrical

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Previously released on DVD as a no-frills disc, Columbia TriStar Home Video has thankfully re-released Kevin Smith's controversial satirical religious fantasy, Dogma, as a two-disc special edition. The DVD is thoroughly excellent and a prime example of what the format is really capable of. Disc one contains the digitally mastered film in its original theatrical ratio of 2.35:1 (Smith's first film in scope), anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs. The picture is superb and seems identical to the transfer on the no-frills release. The film, which has been given an expansive 5.1 Dolby Digital boost, also seems identical to the previous disc's audio. The film's audio is also available in English, French, and Spanish two-channel Dolby Surround. The audio and visual quality of this disc is worth the price alone, but fortunately there is a lot more included, namely two commentary tracks. The first track is the more breezy, loose, and damn well funny, with Smith and stars Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, producer Scott Mosier, and View Askew partner-in-crime Vincent Pereira all delivering the goods. The track is hilarious, though it is also filled with some interesting production anecdotes and more. The track is also equipped with a great little addition called "Follow the Buddy Christ." By clicking on the said option in the "Special Features" menu, a blinking image of Buddy Christ will occasionally appear in the lower right corner of the screen. Hit enter on your remote control and two small screens will appear at the bottom of the screen showing Smith and crew relentlessly chain-smoking while recording the commentary track. A fun little option. The disc's second commentary track includes Smith, Mosier, and Pereira giving a more production-detailed history of the trouble-plagued shoot, sans the Buddy option. Though it lacks the former track's anarchic feel, the second one is even better, as it chronicles the frustration of making the ambitious, yet still low-budget film. It must also be noted that, though both tracks are filled with sometimes brutally frank comments, some of the names have been bleeped to protect the not-so-innocent. But for all of disc one's digital treats, the real fun kicks in with disc two. Containing a plethora of visual goodies, including 100 minutes of deleted footage (the quality of which has been intentionally downgraded) with intros by Smith and Pereira, cast and crew outtakes and bloopers, storyboards to three major scenes, talent files, theatrical trailer, and a link to the View Askew website, the extras easily make this a must-have disc. The DVD also contains some rather funny animated menus and even better hidden extras. By going to the last page in the "Scene Selections" on disc one, viewers can hit the number 3 key on their remote controls twice and get a little surprise; on disc two, they can go to the last page in "Deleted Scenes" and press the number 2 and 4 keys on the remote; another little surprise awaits.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
UPC:
0043396056145
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Disc one: Widescreen transfer of Dogma, three audio commentary tracks, one by director Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck and Jason Lee, another by producer Scott Mosier and Vincent Pereira, and the third by director Kevin Smith, Producer Scott Mosier and View Askew Historian Vincent Pereira; Judge Not: In Defense of Dogma documentary feature; storyboards
Disc two: 100 minutes of Deleted Scenes with View Askew Crew; crew and cast outtakes; Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash Spot; talent files

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Bartleby
George Carlin Cardinal Glick
Matt Damon Loki
Linda Fiorentino Bethany
Salma Hayek Serendipity
Jason Lee Azrael
Jason Mewes Jay
Alan Rickman Metatron
Chris Rock Rufus
Bud Cort John Doe Jersey
Alanis Morissette Woman-God
Kevin Smith Silent Bob
Jeff Anderson Gun Salesman
Brian O'Halloran Grant Hicks
Janeane Garofalo Clinic Girl
Betty Aberlin Nun
Dan Etheridge Priest At St. Stephens
Guinevere Turner Bus Station Attnedant
Barrett Hackney Stygian Triplet
Jared Pfennigwerth Stygian Triplet
Kitao Sakurai Stygian Triplet

Technical Credits
Kevin Smith Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Thomas L. Bellissimo Special Effects
Belardinelli Effects Special Effects
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Laura Greenlee Co-producer
Larry M. Gruber Set Decoration/Design
Vincent Guastini Makeup
James Alan Hensz Asst. Director
Robert H. Holtzman Production Designer
Scott Mosier Editor,Producer
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Whit Norris Sound/Sound Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Shore Score Composer
Station X Studios Special Effects
Diana Stoughton Set Decoration/Design
Elise G. Viola Art Director
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [:54]
2. Loki and Bartleby [:02]
3. The Loophole [:03]
4. Bethany [:01]
5. Azrael [1:40]
6. Metatron [:58]
7. The Fine Print [3:08]
8. Jay & Silent Bob [3:00]
9. John Hughes Fans [2:10]
10. Adulterers Repent! [:01]
11. Rufus [:03]
12. 13th Apostle [:02]
13. Serendipity [:30]
14. Golden Calf Massacre [1:22]
15. A Muse [:07]
16. Golgothan Demon [3:48]
17. A Warning [6:30]
18. Bethany & Barry [1:49]
19. Train Fight [:09]
20. Epiphany [1:50]
21. Jesus' Grandniece [1:05]
22. Foul Play Afoot [4:20]
23. Holy Bartender [2:56]
24. Azrael's Grudge [4:38]
25. "Take A Shot." [:13]
26. "He Just Lost It." [:02]
27. God Revealed [:01]
28. Miracles [:01]

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Dogma 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The cast in this was pretty good. Also a lot of familiar faces. Classic that actually is a good movie. Comedy especially and it does have its moments. Interesting too.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies you will ever see, guarenteed! Kevin Smith is deffinately one of the best, if not the best, writter/directors/actors out there. If you like Clerks, Mallrats, and chaising amy, then you will love dogma.
PVJ More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. You laugh and smile most the way through it. I would give it to anyone of my friends to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i watched this on tv when i was younger and it was interesting. it had some weird and funny moments plus memorable characters like who else... jay and silent bob. when you watch gotta remember its only a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like religious satire or religious references with a heapin' helpin' of comedy thrown in, you will have to do a double take with Dogma. Watching it once will definately not be enough. Having endured four years of Catholic High School (while being raised a Lutheran ) was part of the reason I enjoyed the film so much. DO NOT take this film literally or you will be very disappointed in the comedy. Faith guides us, not the particular Religion we cling to. Jay and Silent Bob are at the top of the ''Best Actors that will probably never get their due'' list. The first time I watched the movie, I laughed so much I missed half of it. I even paid a late charge at the rental store to watch it for a third time. I will be buying this movie within the week so I can watch it several more times without a late charge. With a subject like religion, it is tough to pull off a comedy without offending the masses. THEY DID IT!!! Please pay close attention to the prologue of the movie. It really sets the intended tone of the mo
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so the Catholics are uptight about this movie because it makes fun of them. Well it makes fun of all religion too. And the guy who gave this 1 star, learn how to spell angels and then we'll talk. He obviously did not understand the plot because he was Catholic. Silly Catholics, Dogma's not for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of all of the Kevin Smith movies. If you enjoyed Mallrats or Clerks, you'll love this religious mockery! I noticed the first reviewer had some confusing and negative things to say about the movie, I can only assume they're a holy-holy. If you're some sort of religious fanatic, don't bother buying this movie, but if you need a good laugh and you are able to set your religious beliefs aside for a little while, this movie is well worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily the best kevin smith movie avalible. This is one of the smartest, funniest and most thought-provoking comedies I have ever seen! Some catholics may take offense to this movie, but I'm a catholic and I loved it. If someone took offense to this, then they just aren't seeing past the profanity and religious mockeries. But come on, lets face it fellow catholics, our donomination is pretty easy to use as a comical target, so just relax and enjoy the movie as a movie and don't take it so seriously. Oh yeah, and for anyone who is a little confused about religion, some very interesting ideas and theories are brought up in this film amongst the vulgarities and fake blood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the cursing might put off some of us Christians with more moral sensibilities, this lapsed Christian thoroughly got the message. It got me to think about Christianity from a more enlightened, worldly view. Thanks Jay and Silent Bob!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three words for this movie. Wow. Awesome. Hilarious. Oh ya, Dude you really have to learn how to spell. (a-n-g-e-l-) ha-ha-ha
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pearl of wisdom from the brilliant Kevin Smith. Kevin has never missed with a film yet. Each one is better than the previous. Hollywood needs to start recognizing that he is the up and coming King of moviedom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For some reason this was poorly reviewed - and received - when it opened at cinemas in late 1998. (Very late, in fact; almost into the New Year). This is a bizarre film, yes, but it is also a cracking piece of religious satire with an incredible cast. Alan Rickman in particular stands out as a real master of his craft (as always). Even Alanis Morissette turns up as God - so much for the 'Jesus Complex.' This probably isn't suited to Catholics, due to the incredibly funny (to everbody else) 'Catholicism Wow!' campaign, but if you are religious and have a sense of humour, maybe you'll surprise yourself at just how much you really enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dogma'is a movie that is devious,devilish,and delishious. It's use of 'tongue-in-cheek' violence is brilliant. Kevin Smith is a very funny and clever man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happen to be deeply Spiritual. My faith teaches me to walk in the path of Christ (the Anointed One). I despise many organized religions because there is so much shaming and blaming, and driving away of those who need spirituality and support the most. I know many recovering Catholics, Pentecostals, Baptists, etc. The one most important message from Jesus was to love one another. Some of us have missed it completely. I loved Dogma because Kevin Smith was not afraid to blurt out (!) what so many are afraid to say about organized religion, and the hypocrisy that man has generated in the name of Christ. Yet, he did so in a delightful and powerful way. Jocularity! Fundamentalist Christian? An oxymoron. I praise God that we live in a country where we are free to worship or not, pray or meditate, and freely criticize and debate with one another (hopefully, following the example of doing so in a loving way). Congratulations to Kevin on having the courage to speak forth...is a sequel in the works?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Dogma when it first came out and was too young to understand the humor. I just watched it again four years later and realized how hilarious it is. It is a great religous satire, just over the top enough so as not to be too offensive. I would say that anyone who has a good sense of humor should give this film a try. The only thing I wasn't wild about was Alanis Morrisette as God.
T_Guy_McWhite More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent intersection of judeo-christian mythology, traditions, customs, socio-religious dogma and personal faith in crisis. It is funny only if you are allowed to actually think about what you believe, rather than just believe it. That is a warning. The actors all turn in excellent performances, but what else can you expect in a Kevin Smith vehicle driven by Affleck, Damon, and Rickman with Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Jason Lee? It is irreverent and hilarious, but only to those to who already recognize dogma as an artificial construct designed to impose control on large groups of people in the interests of wealth and power. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dogma was an ecxellent movie because it has so many good actors in it, like Matt Damon. It also pointed out the fact that everyone has different beliefs, so I really thought the movie was the bomb, and so is matt Damon and Ben affleck
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this movie. It raises all sorts of questions about who we are and what God's plan is for us. I think it helps if one has received a Catholic education to understand all of it, several people I know missed half of the symbolism and were puzzled by some of the dialog. Dogma makes you think about spiritual matters and addresses some of the same moral questions we face everyday. Kevin Smith isn't thumbing his nose at religion, this is a film by someone who has a deep faith. And this Catholic found the ''Catholicism Wow!'' very funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was done to perfection. This movie does not poke fun at religion it just shows you that religion is mostly based on peoples interpretation. Excellent actors and actresses. Funny from beginning to end.
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