Jackass 2.5 – Unrated (Paramount DVD-Video)
C Sound: C Extras: C+ Film: C-
reviewer has been watching the boys of Jackass
from the very beginning and has watched them go from backyard dumb-asses
too Hollywood Jackasses. After a hit MTV
series with multiple spin-offs and two successful films, everyone knew they had
not seen the last of the Jackass
crew; but seeing them comeback in an uninspiring and dull straight to DVD
release was not what fans were looking for.
Jackass 2.5 for all intents
and purposes is the left over footage of Jackass
Number 2 and is truly disappointing.
The stunts performed by the seemingly pain retarded cast are not exactly
the ‘same old junk,’ but close to it.
stunts performed are glimpses at Jackass
Number Two and are said to exist only because there was ‘already too much
in the second film;’ but really it just feels like the stuff that was not good
enough to make the second film. This
reviewer would have been much happier if all this material were included in a
‘Super-Duper Jackass Number Two DVD release’ prior to Jackass Number 3’s release; you read right, Jackass Number 3 is in production.
At least if it was in a ‘Special Edition’ release this reviewer feels
that fans could be justified in spending the money on a film with great extras,
but to trick fans into thinking this release is something new and exciting is
just wrong. This reviewer does not
recommend this release and can only hope that Jackass Number 3 brings the boys back to their senses.
technical features on this single disc release are simple at best. The picture is presented in a rough, gritty,
and color imbalanced anamorphic 1.78 X 1 Widescreen. Like the other Jackass films and television
episodes, many of the scenes are filmed spur-of-the-moment with handy cams or
in such crazy situations it is hard to use top quality camerawork, but
nevertheless even by forgiving the intended nature of the footage, it needs
some work. The sound is often distant,
muffled, or distorted in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereos for the same reasons the
picture is listed as less than adequate and needs some work as well. The extras on this quickly release are
surprising and often better than the film itself, offering Jackass aficionados
a making of featurette and bonus segments and stunts that made this reviewer
laugh more than most of the film. Other
extras include ‘making of Jackass the Game’ which is pure awful and a simple
and unnecessary Photo Gallery. Overall,
the technical features only worsen an already disappointing Jackass release.
reviewer is no prude or right wing nut job (maybe a little), so don’t take this
review as a witch hunt on Jackass,
but rather a HUGE suggestion for the boys to step it up and not just slap the Jackass name on any old garbage. This reviewer is more than sure the crew of Jackass has plenty of money (especially
Knoxville) without releasing poor quality stunt discs like this. There are scenes of Preston dressed as King
Kong, beads in Bam’s rectum, and even painful scenes on a bed of nails; but
none of these cut-scenes add up to a solid release. You would have to be a Jackass to call this a
- Michael P Dougherty II