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"Age has nothing to do with how stupid you can be".
on 27 April 2011
This DVD contains two versions of the third Jackass film, the theatrical version (at 1hr 30mins) and a director's cut (running at 1hr 35mins) - I watched the extended version, for the sake of only five minutes it seemed daft not to!
The film is introduced by MTV stars of yesterday Beavis and Butthead who tell you to put on your 3d glasses (this is left in from the original cinematic release and the actual DVD isn't in 3d). It's been a long time since I've seen Beavis and Butthead and it was quite nice to see them after a good ten years or so. When the actual film starts it's probably fair to say that Jackass has never looked so good; vibrant colours and incredible detail make this almost look like a Blu-Ray release! The ultra-slow motion of the opening sequence means that compression is handled brilliantly as there are fewer changes between frames and therefore less loss of quality through the usual compression process.
After the impressive opening shots Jackass gets down to what it does best - plain stupidity! As with the other two film, there is no story threading the action into a cohesive plot, this is simply a set of skits, sketches, and stunts. This film sets out to take physical endurance and take it to another level, it succeeds! If you've ever seen an episode of the TV series then you know what to expect, there are also some familiar old stunts re-imagined on a bigger scale than before.
This is debased humour at its most disgusting level, it's childish, immature and anyone over the age of 13 should know better - but it's also damn funny and I was laughing from the first few seconds through to the very end. This doesn't pretend to be high art, it's aware that it isn't a cinematic classic, it's brutally honest about what it is and revels in it. Watching this it's clear that the stars of Jackass are great friends and there's a strong sense that this is a very close group, Jackass 3 contains great camaraderie which many Hollywood flicks attempt but generally fail to recreate. It's the obvious warmth between the gang which makes them such a compelling bunch to watch, you almost feel like part of the group, sharing in the jokes rather than watching a group of idiots hurting each other and themselves.
A making of documentary in the bonus features is a worthy watch, the creators of the film express their own amazement at how this seems to work when they didn't even expect the TV series to be a success. They explore how the crew have changed since the Jackass TV series started and it's clear that some are now much happier now that they've grown up a bit and given up on some of the excesses of youth, Steve-O in particular is a man reborn now that he is off drugs and alcohol. The documentary also details some of the logistics behind the filming methods used during this 'threequel'. Although 3D films are en vogue at the moment, this is the first time that 1000fps "Phantom High Speed Cameras" have been used to produce 3D images and the discussion around the filming technique should be of interest to anyone into the more technical aspect of movie making.
In a nutshell: In Jackass 3 there is no discernable viewer journey, each segment could be moved to another part of the film and it wouldn't impact on the overall feature. A film featuring defecation, urination, vomiting and drinking sweat should really be a one star film you switch off after only a few minutes, but against all odds Jackass packages revolting antics into a very funny film - even if you might have to look away during some scenes.