JACKASS: COMPLETE MOVIE AND TV COLLECTION REVIEWED
“Jackass” gets the complete treatment. It also makes me remember how short the original show’s run was back in 2000. The show was originally created as SNL Fodder at the start of the Millennium. Fortunately, Lorne Michaels passed and the Big Brother Crew met the CKY guys to create the show we all love. To celebrate the release of Action Point, Paramount has finally packaged together everything Jackass in one space. I just wish it was in HD.
As the series led to the movies, the stunts grew and became something almost punk rock. Also, why didn’t Wildboys get included with this? Most of that material fed into Jackass 2 and later adventures. Is that not considered part of the proper Jackass canon? I’ll leave out the Dickhouse documentaries because they don’t belong. Still, it’s weird to see how something started with the intent of video shorts became this important part of MTV history. What was next?
“Bad Grandpa” was a mild gamble for the Dickhouse crew. Creating a semi-narrative and throwing a Knoxville creation that has had maybe 15 times combined screen time didn’t always seem like it was going to pan out. Now, the film has made nearly 6 times what it cost and it’s staring down an Oscar nomination on Thursday morning. That’s pretty amazing for a Candid Camera style stunt movie that opened in the wake of “Gravity”. I could bring up the kid that played Billy or how Catherine Keener was snuck into the film in what amounts to a brilliant cameo played as set dressing. But, I’ll move on.
Whatever Jackass does at this point, I feel that they can keep moving forward. They made a narrative work, they’ve taken the actual Jackass stunts to new levels and they’ve actually breached the mainstream. Still, I can’t help but feel the nagging suspicion that the appeal of pranking people in elaborate setups or throwing Steve-O against wall and seeing if he sticks will eventually run its course. As a fan, I hope I’m wrong. That being said, I did see a few cracks emerge in the prolonged striptease segment.
The .5 specials are also included in the box set. While most of it feels like documentaries and material best saved for the special features, it’s still good.
- Deleted Scenes
- 1.33:1/1.78:1 standard definition transfers
- Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0