Miramax’s ‘Clerks’ files to DVD

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NEW YORK — Though the animated half-hour TV series based on Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” theatrical flopped in primetime on ABC two months ago, it will get a new life on DVD starting in January.

That’s the word from Billy Campbell, head of Miramax TV, who said sister company ABC (both are divisions of Walt Disney) commissioned six episodes of “Clerks.” The network ran it only twice in the Wednesday-at-9:30 time period before canceling it, so four half-hours will be making their world premiere on DVD.

Campbell said ABC’s censors gave Miramax a hard time on content, which will not be a problem when the mini-major releases the uncut DVD. He said Miramax plans to squeeze all six episodes onto one DVD and add an introduction and commentary by Smith and some of the actors who voiced the characters.

“The show came out too harsh for what ABC wanted,” Campbell said. “DVD will present ‘Clerks’ in its pristine form.”

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