Jackass-Volume Three (2002)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Paramount Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, more highlights from the series.|
This release is comprised of segments from the more recent seasons of the MTV series. I've seen the Jackass film and the show's first season, so all the escapades on this DVD are new to me. They appear to have upped the ante to a certain degree - the stunts are more daring and the potential for injury is greater, as is the gross-out factor, and for that reason I wouldn't recommend this DVD to a lot of people. I'm certainly not a person who is easily sickened, but one scene actually made me physically gag. Suffice it to say, if you enjoy watching (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) a man dressed as a chef eating the raw ingredients for an omelette, vomiting the mixture into a frypan, then cooking and eating the result, then this is the DVD for you.
Not surprisingly, Jackass is so popular it has spawned countless imitations - the best of which is the hilarious Bumfights, which I highly recommend for those who are into this sort of thing.
One sad point is that while I fondly remember pulling pranks and behaving in this manner as a teenager, these guys are in their thirties, and I can't picture them continuing into their forties. This isn't the kind of programme that will last more than a few years, I'm afraid.
This is a very good transfer for what many would describe as an amateur production.
The transfer is presented in an aspect of 1.33:1 full frame and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is very clear and sharp apart from some brief shots that I believe were zoomed in post production. The loss of resolution in these short instances was noticeable, but didn't detract from the experience to any great degree. The level of shadow detail was good, though there were very few dark scenes during the feature to judge this accurately. There was no low level noise present.
Colours were bright, well rendered and showed no signs of bleeding. Skin tones appeared true and consistent.
Absolutely no MPEG artefacts were seen. Some mild aliasing was present at various points throughout the feature, most notably on a deck chair at 9:19. Since this was shot digitally, there are no film artefacts in the transfer.
The English subtitles are a clinical representation of the dialogue, omitting most of the slang and substance that makes the characters so hilarious.
This is a single layered disc (DVD5).
This was a particularly irritating audio mix.
There is only one audio track on offer, Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), flagged as being surround-encoded.
The dialogue was consistently being overpowered by the soundtrack music in this transfer. To compensate for this I increased my normal listening volume, which helped in understanding the spoken word, but in turn made the accompanying music very loud. All the dialogue was recorded on location, so there were no ADR issues.
There were no audio sync problems encountered.
All the music included in the program is energetic and suits the mayhem of the show. Relatively unknown punk-rock bands Diabolical Exploits and The Unseen are featured in the soundtrack. The Jackass theme is credited to Minutemen.
The surround channels had very little presence for a surround-encoded track, and were rarely used for anything other than some mild echo effects from the soundtrack music. Most disappointing.
The subwoofer was never called upon during the entire feature.
|Surround Channel Use|
There is very little here to get excited about.
The main menu is animated with a familiar scene from the feature, including audio.
Nine pages of basic facts about the cast, including birth date, place of birth and so forth.
Simply a scrolling collection of stills from the feature, with no audio accompaniment.
Twenty-two easy questions related to the feature, with no reward at the end. If you fail a question you are returned to the main menu.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 and Region 1 releases of this title appear to be identical. Although we have a PAL transfer, I suggest you buy this wherever you find it cheapest.
The video transfer is good considering the very low budget of this production.
The audio track suffers from a poor vocal mix.
The flimsy extras don't represent value for money, but are adequate for a single layered disc.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-525, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Denon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.|