Dogma [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing
Extras: Theatrical Trailer
Bored of being eternally banished to earth, two errant angels hatch a plan to sneak back into heaven. Unfortunately, if they use the required loophole in religious Dogma, they'll prove God fallible and undo the very fabric of the universe, ending all existence. Bummer. Enter the distant grand niece of Jesus Christ and an army of angels, beautiful mythical figures, saintly apostles and all entities good and holy. And Jay and Silent Bob.
The phrase "it's a religious comedy" must have caused Hollywood to have a sacred cow. And, as Smith's first attempt to move away from the early lo-fi, character-centred, relationship-based comedies (Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy) toward the narrative-led big-budget spectacular, Dogma is not without problems. Proving controversial on release, stones were cast by churchgoers and Smith devotees alike. Frothing-mouthed extremists levelled charges of blasphemy at the more colourful elements (a Malcolm X-style 13th apostle, the crucifix being binned as uncool and God not being a white-bearded patriarch), leaving the devoutly Catholic Smith, who's intentions were to celebrate the mystery and beauty of religion, completely bemused. Equally, the Luddite Clerks obsessives who wrote it off as "Smith-gone-Hollywood" should have recognised that the script was written way before he gave us his black-and-white debut.
More ambitious than his previous mates-roped-in cheapies, the apocryphal and apocalyptic Dogma is still blessed with water-into-wine performances, pop culture gags, postmodern self-referencing and stoopid shagging jokes. Though it may not be wholly miraculous, this is still a righteous movie; and, in comparison with the average big-buck formulaic Hollywood evil, it's practically saintly.
On the DVD: Dogma's budget outstripped the early Smith films by miles, and the 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer does it justice, with divine colour and heavenly sound. The picture quality of the extras--including trailers, TV spots and cast and crew interviews--is not so good and pixilation occurs throughout. The interviews are provocative enough, though, giving huge insight into the film. And it's quite something to see Smith looking all "Clark Kent" in his civvies. --Paul EisingerSee all Product Description
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The Church is in a renewal process and seeking to attract people to enlarge its flock. Some of the changes involve revamping the depressing image in the crucifix for a smiling, winking and thumbs-up Christ. Also, a Church in New Jersey decreed a day in which everyone that passes through its gates will be cleansed of all sins and forgiven by God. Loki (Matt Damon) and Bartleby (Ben Affleck) are two angles that have incurred in God's wrath and therefore were expelled from heaven and condemned to live in Wisconsin from the rest of their eternal lives. They see this as an opportunity to be forgiven and allowed to return to heaven.
The path to their destination is not an easy one though, since by achieving their forgiveness they would prove God wrong, and existence will cease because it is based on the fact that God is always right. Therefore, Loki's and Bartleby's journey affects a large number of people and other mystic figures. There are two sides to the conflict, those that want to prevent them from getting to their destination, and those that want to help them and create chaos. Among muses, demons, the thirteenth apostle and a Golgothan, which by the way is super gross, we find a woman named Bethany (Linda Fiorentino). She is at a tough stage in her life and has almost lost her faith, but is requested by Metathron, the voice of God, to stop the two angels in their quest.Read more ›
But when the opening text: including the Disclaimer: 1) a renunciation of any claim to or connection with; 2) disavowal; 3) a statement made to save one's own ass.
You know on are on to a winner!!
Kevin Smith's Dogma wrestles with some heavy religious issues in one of the unlikeliest places on earth - New Jersey! Two outcast Angels, Bartleby and Loki discover a loophole in God's decree that will enable them to re-enter heaven, simply by walking through the doors of a church in New Jersy. However, as God is infallible, this causes a paradox that will cause existence to collapse upon itself. Don't worry if this is confusing - it's only the plot.
Meanwhile, oblivious to the impending catastrophe, Bethany is visited by the Metatron (What do you mean you've never heard of him? The Metatron is the voice of God!) who charges her with a mission - namely to stop the two angels from entering the church.
Along the way, Bethany is accompanied by two 'prophets', namely Jay and Silent Bob, (who provide more profanity and controversy to the film than the whole 'Organised Religion is Dumb' viewpoint), the thirteenth apostle Rufus, who was left out of the bible beause he was black (played by Chris Rock), and Serendipidy, a muse who opted for a life on earth and ended up as a dancer in a strip-joint. As if that wasn't bad enough, Bethany's journey also has various obstacles, one of them in the form of a demon, Azrael and his three pre-pubescent grunged-out lesser demons.Read more ›
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Matt n Ben are 2 Angels who've been BAD BOYS and are trying to get back into heaven. Cute premise. The late great Alan Rickman steals every scene he's in as the voice of the... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Ian Dennehey
Never really showing its age, this film can be an awesome introduction to Kevin Smith's world. Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Paul Burke