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'Chasing Amy' Fans Get Bonus

27 Jul, 2007 By: John Latchem

Kevin Smith

SAN DIEGO — The only movie in Kevin Smith's Viewaskewniverse pantheon of films without an elaborate multidisc set is finally getting a long-awaited upgrade.

Smith announced at San Diego Comic-Con International that his third film, 1997's Chasing Amy, is being prepared as a two-disc special edition to be released next year by Criterion, which released the previous DVD version.

Unlike most special editions that force fans to buy the same movie again, however, Smith said Criterion will offer a package of just the bonus disc of new featurettes, letting collectors supplement their current copy. A separate two-disc set will include the original disc and the bonus disc.

“Criterion doesn't believe in double dipping,” Smith said. “So you can buy just the bonus disc, and it fits in with the DVD you already have. And if you don't have it, you can buy the two-disc set.”

The romantic comedy stars Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee.

The films in Smith's Viewaskewniverse — named for his production company, View Askew — are generally standalone films that share story references and feature common characters, most notably Jay and Silent Bob (played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself). The brand began in 1995 with Clerks, and continued with Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and last year's Clerks II.

Smith's latest projects, however, involve two television pilots. He showed an enthusiastic Comic-Con crowd the pilot he directed for the new show “Reaper,” which premieres on the CW network Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. The series involves a young man whose soul was sold to the devil by his parents and now must work to retrieve fugitives that escaped from hell.

And, at the July 28 “Heroes” panel, that show's creator, Tim Kring, announced Smith would write and direct the first episode of “Heroes Origins,” a spinoff set to debut next year. Kring said the anthology series of six or seven episodes will focus on a new hero in each segment, with fans choosing which hero will join the original show.

The idea for “Origins” is for the episodes to be crafted by established talent, Kring said, starting with Smith.

“I just don't want to be the guy who ruined ‘Heroes,’ Smith quipped.

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