Jackass: The Lost Tapes – DVD Review

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Jackass is a fairly well known show and concept by now; one that spawned a series of imitators, but is collectively incredibly dumb stunts and activities that usually are offensive to many people and injure numerous others throughout, performed by the “Jackass” crew. That is essentially all there is to it because it really is just some guys with handheld cameras filming one another get hurt. Whether it’s pepper spray to the face, a stun gun, a bean bag rifle, billiard ball to the nuts, a skunk spraying them, or even getting a tattoo while riding over sand dunes…these psychos are willing to put their bodies on the line in order to simply get a few laughs out of their fans.

Or to inflict damage upon their friends, whichever comes first.

Jackass began in a variety of ways according to some people, but the series itself started on MTV and ran for only a few short seasons. The show got so popular that it then went on to produce two feature length films and even a third one that went straight to DVD. Johnny Knoxville is your host and he is joined by the likes of Ryan Dunn, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee-Man, and a band of others. Most of which have gone on to new projects including their own television series and a few movies here and there as well. This collection of footage is said to have never been aired in the films or during the television series. It’s right along the same lines though as everything else we’ve always seen as the guys continue to come up with dumb ideas and usually end up hurting themselves.

Now I’m not entirely sure where or when, but I’m more then certain I’ve seen most of this footage before. The first scene of Johnny taking pepper spray to the face and a stun gun is something I am very familiar with and recall seeing many years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining here because the entire DVD is overly funny and had me cracking up the whole time but it doesn’t really fit the label of “lost tapes” if I’ve already seen the stuff. They purposely say that none of these scenes ever appeared on any DVD release, but there is no doubt in my mind that I’ve seen at least half of it all before. If you’re as big a fan as I am then you’ve probably also seen them all before. Still doesn’t make them any less funny though watching them again.

The film (?) is shown in 1:33.1 Full Screen format and it looks exactly as every bit of footage from Jackass has ever looked. Handheld cameras show grain and out of the ordinary camera shots so that’s what you should expect here. All looks fine though.

The film is heard in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound and as always this is more then is needed for this show because it is mostly just dialogue.

Hi, I’m Johnny Knoxville – Every single one of Johnny’s traditional opening sequence is here put together in one handy little package. (7:47)

Credit Montages – Extra footage here that is absolutely hilarious and is well worth watching. (26:24)

jackassworld – More extra footage but this is from the group’s website jackassworld.com Four clips are included in this special feature and also need to be checked out. (8:00)

TrailersNitro Circus: Season One, Rob Drydek’s Fantasy Factory: Season One, Mat Hoffman’s Tribute To Evel Knievel, and The State: The Complete Series

Being such a huge fan of the series from the very start, it upset me greatly when I realized that the more popular the group got then the less Jackass we would see. They may not be able to pull all of the practical and hidden jokes on strangers that they used to, but they can still torture the hell out of one another and it pleases me greatly. Jackass certainly isn’t for everyone and it never has been so you’ll know if you want to pick this DVD up or not, but I’d gladly fork over the fifteen or twenty bucks for it. Less than an hour’s worth of special features kind of sucks, but considering these are the “Lost Tapes” then we’re already sort of getting some extras in the main attraction. We can only hope that these are not the last of the lost tapes to be found. Remember…if you wanna be dumb, ya gotta be tough.


MTV presents Jackass: The Lost Tapes. Directed by: Jeff Tremaine. Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, and more. Running time: 104 minutes. Rating: Not Rated. Released on DVD: October 13, 2009. Available at Amazon.com

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