Monday, December 10, 2018

DVD Review: Stan Lee and Kevin Smith Save the World!

Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon

Just like many other comic books fans, I was heartbroken when the legendary Stan Lee passed away last month. Shortly after learning about his death it dawned on me that I own a copy of the DVD "Stan Lee & Kevin Smith Save the World!" which was released by Mill Creek Entertainment in 2017.

The DVD includes:

An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002; Not Rated; 234 minutes) - Director/Actor Kevin Smith appeared at several American universities in 2001 and 2002 to answer questions from college students about film making. He also shares stories with them.

An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006; Not Rated; 239 minutes) - Split into parts by cities, Kevin Smith heads to Toronto and London for a Q&A with his fans, where he talks about his films.

Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels (2002; Not Rated; 95 minutes) - Filmed in February 2002, Kevin Smith talks in-depth to comic book legend Stan Lee at a comic book store in Santa Monica, California, where Stan Lee discusses creating Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Fantasy Four, and other superheroes. The documentary is presented in two parts and features rare photos and iconic images.

Final Thoughts

Honestly, I don't why it took me so long to review this DVD. It's been sitting on a shelf collecting dust for awhile now. It probably has something to do with the nearly 4 hour running time for the Kevin Smith Q&As, which are way too long in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, An Evening with Kevin Smith 1 & 2 are both extremely funny, but they could have been edited down to two hours each.

The main attraction on this DVD is Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels documentary. Despite the fact that it's sixteen-year-old, I found it to be really interesting. You can clearly tell Kevin Smith was having the time of his life interviewing and hanging out with Stan. It was filmed prior to the release of  2002's Spider-man.

The picture and sound quality for An Evening with Kevin Smith 2 is pretty decent. However, there are video issues with An Evening with Kevin Smith and Stan Lee's Mutant's Monsters and Marvels, which were shoved onto one disc. The picture quality for those two are little fuzzy, similar to a VHS recording. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Overall, I would only recommend the Stan Lee and Kevin Smith Save the World! DVD to die hard fans of Stan Lee and Kevin Smith. While I enjoyed watching all three titles on this release, the picture quality could have been better.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own.

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