Jackass Number Two: The Movie (Uncut) (2006)
|Year Of Production||2006|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (46:00)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Jeff Tremaine|
Paramount Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
Jackass 2 isn't a movie for Academy voters or the serious film critic. It follows much the same primal formula as the original Jackass: A group of juvenile daredevils, led by Johnny Knoxville, perform extremely dangerous and often irresponsible stunts, annoy people with hidden camera skits, and play very nasty practical jokes on each other. These guys suffer incredible abuse throughout, and cackle like hyenas through the resulting pain. What's not to like? After all, at one point Knoxville sports a T-shirt with a slogan that says it all: "F*** Art: Let's Dance."
The original, small-screen MTV series background of Jackass hampered some of the content for the first big-screen instalment. For example, watching Knoxville and Steve-O inflicting paper cuts upon themselves is hardly big-screen multiplex entertainment. We all get paper cuts. But Jackass 2 lives and breathes on a completely different level. The energy and the gasp-inducing outrageousness are at an exponentially higher gear than the first movie. Returning director, Jeff Tremaine, flaunts a confidence borne from the success of the original film; And in addition, now a Jackass film has a true movie star in the lead.
Let me get this out of the way: Yes, both horse droppings and horse semen get swallowed during this instalment. It goes without saying that Jackass and Jackass 2 isn't for everybody. But for those who find these sort of disgusting acts, as well as an array of death-defying stunts and pranks, shocking, yet compelling, in an entertaining and funny way, will enjoy it. For those with the stomach for it, Jackass 2 will gross you out, shock you, and make you laugh until your sides hurt.
In the opening scene of Jackass 2 we see the cast emerge from a cloud of smoke in Sergio Leone-style slow motion. The lads are running as fast as they can, while Ennio Morricone’s iconic score for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly plays in the background. Then we notice what they’re fleeing from is a herd of charging bulls. The resulting chaos, spread out over a mock suburban neighbourhood, is glorious to enjoy.
But that's just the beginning. In Jackass 2, Chris Pontius disguises his p**** as a mouse and has it dangled in front of a hungry snake. Bam Magera has a dildo rocketed towards his naked backside at high speed. He also gets his backside branded with a cattle prod - with the brand being an erect p****. Yes, the homo-erotic pattern starts to emerge amongst all the testosterone soaked stunts. Meanwhile, Special guest John Waters waves a magician’s wand and makes midget Jackass member Jason “Wee Man” Acuña "disappear" by inviting a corpulent, fully naked woman to pounce on top of him.
However, if there was any doubt, Steve-O proves he is the looniest of the gang, when he puts a fish hook through his cheek so he can be dragged behind a boat in the Gulf of Mexico as live shark bait. In some of his other stunts, he ingests a whole lot of beer via a "beer enema" (which he then passes out his anus into a glass and drinks in the uncut extras - before vomiting). He also attaches a leech to his eyeball, and later wears a helmet that’s attached to a fat man’s backside, so he can breathe undiluted human farts. Not surprisingly, Steve-O vomits uncontrollably in the mask when the fat man actually defecates in the tube.
It must be noted that the Jackass regulars have differing personalities that complement each other perfectly. The perpetually laughing and mischievous Acuña is so ready for fun that he’ll streak through a room of strangers in the nude. Margera, on the other hand, is so teased and ridiculed by his cohorts that he often seems near to tears. “Danger” Ehren McGhehey has a slow, dim-witted appeal that is wonderfully exploited in a strangely enjoyable climactic practical joke involving Broken Lizard's Jay Chandresekhar, and the issue of Middle Eastern terrorism that’s far too good to give away.
Lording over it all is Knoxville. He wanders out in public disguised as Irving Zisman - enraging people while disguised in old-age makeup, allowing an accompanying child actor to drink, smoke, and swear. When disgusted bystanders accuse him of mistreating his son, the retort is, “it’s my grandson!” Knoxville manages to be obnoxious, revolting, yet completely loveable. Even when he's being attacked by a massive anaconda in a ball pit, he’s effortlessly charming. Enjoying his new-found status as a movie star, at one point, after being pelted by tiny rubber balls fired at an audibly fast velocity, he points to his bruise-free face and cracks: “Is this okay? Then we’re good!”
A few guests also pop up along the way. It’s a genuine feel-good moment when Mark Zupan, the athletic, quick-witted hero of last year’s quad-rugby documentary Murderball, stops by to do a "pier jump", by attaching rocket boosters to his wheelchair and laughing as he crashes into the water. Spike Jonze, who produced the film, appears as a ninety-year-old biddy absurdly bearing her pendulous breasts in public. Tony Hawk, Three 6 Mafia, Rip Torn, and Luke Wilson also appear to either watch or participate in some of the stunts.
So if you have an interest in seeing men playing a game of "Medicine Ball Dodgeball" in the dark, or being trapped in a limousine with a hive of angry bees, or blasting off strapped to home-made rockets, or wearing a beard made of pubic hair, or playing with anti-riot land mines, or getting gored by angry bulls, then look no further. By the end of Jackass 2 you might feel exhausted and sore from laughing.
Overall the transfer is an accurate capture of the original film. Obviously the quality of the source material varies, as there is extensive use of hidden cameras, and small hand-held digital video tape throughout.
The transfer is presented in a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness is good. For example, consider the sharpness of the bicycle spokes at 9:21. The black level is also good. The shadow detail depends heavily on the source material's lighting and camera work.
The colour is excellent, but can appear harsh at times due to the use of spotlight-style lighting.
There are no problems with MPEG and Film Artefacts, but Film-To-Video Artefacts appear in the form of edge enhancement.
English subtitles are provided, and they are accurate.
This is a Single-sided, Dual-layer disc, with the layer change placed in between chapters 35 and 36 at 46:00. The film is divided into 55 chapters.
The audio is very good, and often recorded in very difficult situations.
There are two audio options: English Dolby Digital 5.1 for the feature, and English Dolby Surround for the Audio Commentary.
The dialogue quality and audio sync are fine.
There is no traditional score for the film, but music is provided throughout in the form of songs such as Wolfmother's Joker and the Thief and Slayer's Spill The Blood. This suits the film well.
The surround presence and activity is very limited. The rear speakers are sparingly, such as when the rockets are fired at 16:15 and 17:14. There is no LFE track to speak of, so your subwoofer will get a good rest.
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There are plenty of extras.
An animated menu with stereo audio.
Featurette-The Making of Jackass Number Two
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo audio, this featurette runs for about 30 minutes. Comprised of a lot of out-takes and interviews, we hear how Knoxville got this sequel moving and hear from various members of the cast and crew.
Featurette-Uncut Additional Segments (5:52)
Seven short segments cut from the film, that include The Ball Bookmark, and P**** Tricks.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, non-16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo audio, this extra runs for about 16 minutes. There's nothing too interesting here, which is why I assume this footage was cut from the film.
Filled with insults and jokes, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey, Jeff Tremaine, and Dimitry Elyashkevich provide a chaotic and fun commentary which often involves them talking over each other.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, non-16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo audio, this extra runs for about 30 minutes. Comprised of 29 short segments, these are the skits that didn't make it into the final film. My favourite was the 'old man' who eats a dead pigeon in front of horrified onlookers.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo audio, this extra runs for about 8 minutes, and contains a few sections cut from the film, I'm assuming for time.
Karazy Music Video
A music video with Big Nasty and Jackass
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, non-16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo surround audio.
All presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with Dolby Digital stereo audio.
Uncut VMA Spots
Two television spots presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, non-16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo audio.
Using your remote you can see a collection of production stills.
Jackass 2 was released on DVD in Region 1 in no less than four editions: The Widescreen Theatrical version, the Full-Screen Theatrical version, the Unrated Widescreen Version, and as a Jackass 1 and 2 box-set. Our version closely matches the Unrated Widescreen Version.
During the end credits of Jackass Number Two Bam Margera, who cries a couple of times in this film, says, “I hope there’s no Jackass 3.” I can understand why.
The video and audio quality is limited by the source material, but is very good.
The extras are plentiful.
|DVD||Sony RDR-HX715 DVD recorder, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung 106cm Plasma TV (42 Inch). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|