Jackass 3 was shot in 3D, though it's only available that way on the DVD, and some scenes were shot with Phantom high-speed cameras, which shoot 1,000 frames per second. The latter allows you to see the effects the face and body go through, such as when Bam Margera unleashes The Rocky, throwing a cup of water in someone's face from behind and then punching them on the other side as the person turns away.
The Blu-ray offers the 94-minute theatrical cut and the 100-minute unrated cut. The video has been given a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer displayed at 1.78:1. The Phantom footage looks stunning. Colors are bright and the image is crystal clear. The key cameras in other sequences also deliver an impressive picture with good color, depth, and detail. Supplemental cameras used for coverage and the tiny one used for a POV of Bam's penis as he pees on people don't have the same quality. These lesser cameras contribute to the appearance of mild artifacts that pop up, but they don't diminish the experience. The DVD offers the theatrical version in Anaglyph 3D and four pairs of glasses to watch it. The combo set also comes with a digital copy.
The audio comes in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and makes much better use of the surrounds than expected. The bees can be heard buzzing around. Speaking of buzzing, the stun gun and cattle prod effect are balanced well with Eddie Grant's "Electric Avenue" as it rings out, but some of the shouts and cursing get slightly muffled. Imaging is evident as objects that fly across the scene can be heard moving across channels.
The extras include "The Making of Jackass 3D" (HD, 29 min), a good behind-the-scenes piece as the guys talk about reuniting for the film and play with the new equipment. The "Deleted Scenes" (HD, 16 min) and "Outtakes" (HD, 28 min) reveal bits that didn't make the cut and failed attempts that had to be redone for various reasons. Both offer options to view individual segments or to watch them altogether with the latter being the better choice the first time through.
Jackass 3 should please fans looking for new antics from the crew. It is also as good a place as any to first witness their madness, if you dare.
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