Jackass: The Movie (2002)

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Released 12-Nov-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary-By Director, Cinematographer and Johnny Knoxville
Audio Commentary-Jackass group commentary
Featurette-Making Of
Outtakes
Additional Footage
Music Video-"if you're gonna be dumb", roger alan wade
Music Video-"we want fun", andrew w.k.
TV Spots-Jackass The Movie Promo Spots
Theatrical Trailer
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Gallery-Photo
Gallery-Poster
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 84:59
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (69:28) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jeff Tremaine
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Johnny Knoxville
Bam Margera
Ryan Dunn
Ehren McGhehey
Jason Acuna
Chris Pontius
Dave England
Steve-O
Case ?
RPI $35.95 Music Slayer
The Misfits
Public Enemy


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Croatian
French
Greek
Hebrew
Italian
Portuguese
Serbian
Slovenian
Spanish
English Audio Commentary
French Audio Commentary
Italian Audio Commentary
Spanish Audio Commentary
English Audio Commentary
French Audio Commentary
Italian Audio Commentary
Spanish Audio Commentary
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    You can't go past Jackass for pure, unadulterated stupidity. I watched this DVD with half a dozen mates on my second viewing and it was a riot. I believe it would have been very interesting to see a crowd react to this film in a cinema environment.

    In comparison with the series, the movie ups the ante in terms of the scale of some stunts and - as you would expect - the budget is considerably higher. As well as more elaborate skits we have an abundance of exotic and varied locations, including Tokyo, London and Mexico. We also get a revolving door of celebrity guests, including Henry Rollins, boxer Butterbean and professional sportsperson Tony Hawk.

    There are some genuinely funny skits this time around - among the most memorable are:

    This film was targeted by one of my local newspapers last week when a man seriously injured himself after imitating one of the skits on this DVD. Bear in mind that this wasn't an impressionable high school kid or a child, it was a supposedly free-thinking adult of 26 years of age. In a society that is showing increasing leanings towards conservative censorship it begs the question - do we vastly underrate the influence this material has on viewers, or are some unfortunate people their own worst enemies?

    As I stated in my previous Jackass review, while I think this is very funny stuff, I doubt it has the longevity to make it anything more than a passing fad.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a pretty disappointing video presentation for what is supposed to be a major feature film. The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image quality varies greatly from scene to scene. A variety of cameras were used in the production, including a pinhole camera hidden in a pair of sunglasses and Digital Betacams were used for the majority of filming. The opening and closing scenes were shot on film for a more professional look, which is very obvious next to the other footage.

    Almost every artefact one could imagine is present here, besides film artefacting. MPEG over-compression is the main culprit. Combined with poor lighting and regular focussing issues, this is quite terrible to view on a large display. We begin with low level noise in some smoke at 1:20 and quickly nose-dive into plenty of regular macro blocking such as on Ryan's upper body at 14:55 and similarly during the film's finale at 83:40. The macro blocking is even more accentuated by objects in motion on the screen, such as in the Roller Disco scene at 41:30. Aliasing also rears its ugly head on more than one occasion (28:25) but is not nearly as annoying as the compression problems. We also have grainy low-light footage here and there to round off the underwhelming video experience. The colour palette is as good as one would expect from a home video camera - adequate without being too bold.

    A small amount of English subtitling is burned into the video stream to aid the viewer when a bad accent is present (35:00), however the selectable English subtitles are fairly accurate, but do omit most of the very frequent profanity. I know a lot of people would consider that a bad thing, but it didn't make a lot of difference in my opinion.

    This disc is RSDL formatted, with the layer change placed at 69:28 in a black, silent moment that is totally non-disruptive to the flow of the film.

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Audio

    This is a decent audio experience. The intro and finale stand out as pieces that received extra production attention.

    There are six soundtracks on this disc; English (default), French, Italian and Spanish, all available in Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s) and two commentary tracks in Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). I listened to the English track and the commentaries in their entirety, and I sampled the other languages when I felt like a laugh - the French dub is particularly hilarious.

    Considering this is comprised entirely of location audio, the dialogue is surprisingly very easy to understand. There were no issues with audio sync in this transfer.

    The soundtrack music is gathered from many legendary punk and metal bands, including Slayer, The Ramones, The Misfits, Black Flag and for a bit of variation, Public Enemy. You couldn't ask for better music to accompany this mayhem.

    The surround activity was concentrated around the big budget introduction and finale, with explosions and debris flying around the room. This utilised quite a bit of panning across the rears and from front to rear - I actually ducked at one point as this was so effective. During the rest of the film there are some intermittent uses of the surround channels, such as when a golf cart flies overhead at 12:55, and the use of fireworks at 20:00. Occasionally I felt some music spilling slightly to the rears, but it was generally confined to the front soundstage, along with the dialogue.

    The LFE channel kicked in to add some nice bottom end to the soundtrack music, and particularly added to the rumbling explosions at 2:45 and 83:00.

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Extras

    Back up the truck, we've got the mother lode! Seriously though, this probably explains why so much compression was required on the feature. Six soundtracks and this package of bonus material is quite a bit to fit on one disc. All video extras contain the same subtitle options as the feature and are 16x9 enhanced unless noted otherwise.

Menu

    The main menu is fully animated with scenes from the film, accompanied by audio of the Jackass theme.

Audio Commentary - Johnny Knoxville (Actor), Dimitry Elyashkevich (Director of Photography/ Producer), Jeff Tremaine (Director/ Producer).

    Johnny talks about the lengths he has to go to so as not to be recognised. We also get some amusing production anecdotes but there are many long pauses - some are so long that I forgot the commentary track was on. Available with English, French, Spanish and Italian subtitles.

Cast Audio Commentary - Ehren McGhehey, Jason 'Wee Man' Acuna, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Dave England and Ryan Dunn.

    This commentary is also dominated by long pauses and in-jokes between the cast members that the average viewer would have no idea about. They also make a lot of comments and jokes about what is on screen, but don't offer any real insights into the making of the film or how the Jackass concept came about. For the most part this is a boring, uninformative commentary.

MTV's Making Of Jackass The Movie (24:35)

    This footage is presented in various aspect ratios, without 16x9 enhancement. The cast and crew discuss their motives behind the film, and the additional freedoms that came with making the move to the big screen. One of the challenges in taking on this project was the cast and crew learning to use bigger and more robust camera equipment, much to their dismay. We also see the cast discussing the many different countries that were used for locations, and having a few laughs on the set.

Outtakes (7:07)

    This is a series of failed 'takes' and introductions to various segments. A little repetitive, but there are a few worthwhile scenes here.

Additional Footage (27:45)

    There are nineteen additional or deleted segments, accessible separately or via a play all function. It's easy to see why some of these weren't used - a lot of them fall flat very abruptly, and some simply expand on scenes we have already seen. This is worth watching for the Bullfighting For Dollars scene alone.

Music Videos

    Clips for If You're Gonna Be Dumb (3:10) by Roger Alan Wade and We Want Fun (4:08) by Andrew W.K. Both feature the Jackass cast and are not 16x9 enhanced.

Promo Spots (4:58)

    Nine television promos, playable separately or via a play all function. Not 16x9 enhanced.

Theatrical Trailer (1:03)

    Exactly the kind of trailer you would expect, highlighting the weirdest moments of the film. Also without 16x9 enhancement.

Cast and Crew Biographies (24)

    A brief two pages each for fifteen people who appear in the film and nine of the crew members. There are some interesting facts here - for example, did you know that Wee Man spent a day at Disneyland with Slayer?

Photo and Poster Galleries

    These include 25 photos that were taken during production and twelve posters promoting the film.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 release misses out on:

    Region 1 misses out on:

    It appears Region 4 has been given a heavily compressed video transfer to allow for the additional language options. Many Region 1 reviews suggest that there are no compression issues with their transfer - though I cannot confirm this absolutely. If you plan on viewing this disc on a large display and aren't concerned with alternative languages I'd suggest the Region 1 for purchase.

Summary

    Jackass The Movie is an entertaining compilation of skits that will be adored by anyone who enjoyed the television series.

    The video quality is marred by consistent compression artefacts.

    Of the many audio options, the English track is a decent surround effort.

    There are a lot of extras related to the film, some of them good.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.

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Comments (Add)
Now thats entertainment - Neil (I dont want a fucking bio)
Interlacing artifacts - grug (there is no bio.) REPLY POSTED