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Jackass: The Movie

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I picked up Jackass: The Movie (widescreen) on DVD this week (available on Wednesday) and I have mixed feelings. The movie is (IMHO) hilarious, but the DVD extras are so so.

The movie -> DVD transfer is very well done. It’s tough to complain about how a movie looks that was partially shot with glasses mounted cameras, but the quality didn’t suffer any more than the original did.

The “5 hours of extras” is misleading. The 5 hours is made up of:
– commentary by Johnny Knoxville, Dmitry Elyashkevich, and Jeff Tremaine
– group commentary by the entire cast
– MTV making of jackass special
– Andrew WK music video

The 27 minutes of outtakes are just that, stuff they didn’t put in the movie so that it was a better movie. It’s basically a lame blooper reel without anything really embarassing or funny in it. I was a bit disappointed with this.

Then there’s the commentary by the entire cast. I was hoping they would talk about where they shot that particular bit, the circumstances surrounding the bit or funny things that happened that they didn’t show. Well, not really. It’s more like them sitting around making dick jokes, laughing and carrying on conversations that are totally orthogonal to what’s going on in the movie. At first I was disappointed, but then I thought about it some more. What do you expect from guys who run around downtown Tokyo in panda suits and apply muscle stimulators to their fun parts? “I remember the first time I saw Kurosawa’s Rashomon when I was a art histroy and semiotics double major at Brown and it really inspired this scene.” I don’t think so.

The commentary with Johnny, Jeff and Dmitry is where the money is. They give the inside scoop about each scene; where, how and why. This is why you by DVDs. They talk about how they setup each scene, what could’ve gone wrong to totally blow it, and what really did go wrong.

All in all, a bit disappointing, but worth it to enjoy this bit of age-appropriate fun in the privacy of your own home.

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