There's a general consensus among Jackass
fans that too much is never enough, and that seems to be the impetus for this one-more-time collection of imprudent stunts and uncensored idiotic hilarity that's been collected exclusively for the home market in Jackass 3.5
. Some of the material consists of brief interview snippets of the Jackass
troupe while on tour promoting the international theatrical release of Jackass 3-D
, but most of it is leftover bits of the outrageous and downright dangerous gags and pranks they've been pulling for a decade. The same gang's all here--Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Wee Man, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, et al.--and the friends fall about laughing and pointing fingers from the sidelines as they watch each other get hurt and humiliated in a variety of creatively moronic ways. The stupid stunts include "Barrel Surfing," "Enema Long Jump," "Belt Sander Skates," "Dildo Bazooka," "Electric Limbo," "Fart Darts," and "Snapping Alligator Turtle," many of which are performed naked or with the participants clothed only in tiny thong underwear. Hardcore fans will be howling right along with their favorite performers, and it's hard not to get pulled into the air of group stupidity even though the whole thing wears a little thin. As an adjunct to the continued Jackass stunt fest is one of the disc's bonus features, a documentary titled Jackass: The Beginning
, which is structured around a casual couch-side interview with Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine, the creative team that sold the Jackass concept to MTV in 2000. They reminisce about some of their favorite moments from the first seasons, many of which involve getting stopped by the cops. There's a lot of early footage never scene on the original MTV show, as well as some of the raw skate videos that were the stylistic form that birthed the Jackass troupe and their unsafe, on-the-fly buffoonery. Jonze admits with a wistful sigh that "we were making up the format of the show as we went along." Knoxville adds an obvious comment, but one that needed to be said: "It's still stupid 10 years later." Other disc extras include a few deleted scenes and outtakes (which are kind of hard to tell apart from what actually made it into the final cut), plus some behind-the-scenes anarchic foolishness from the gang's promotional tour of Europe for the release of the 3-D movie. In all, Jackass 3.5
is a must-have for Jackass completists; for everyone else it's more a can't-look-away piece of senselessly hazardous hilarity.--Ted Fry
JACKASS 3.5 mixes extra footage shot for JACKASS 3 and new made for digital content.