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DVD Review: 'Jackass Number Two'

The "Jackass Number Two: Unrated" DVD proudly proclaims that this is "the movie with all the stuff we couldn't show in theaters," and that's not necessarily a good thing, even if you are a fan. The additional footage isn't really that much raunchier or edgier than the film's content; there's just more of it -- especially male nudity, front and back.

Johnny Knoxville and his gang including Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Wee Man, among others, are back to perform outrageous stunts, taunt vicious animals, play pranks on the unsuspecting and mutilate themselves in painful ways. With its scatological and anatomical fixation, this film is not designed to soothe your stomache and accompany food. In fact, it could give your abs a workout from all the gut-clenching moments such as Margera's buttocks branding and Steve-O's fishhook in the cheek. Probably the best part of having this on DVD is that you can fast forward through the unbearable moments, of which there are many.

Because of the documentary style in which "Jackass" is filmed -- the explanation of the stunt/prank, the execution and then the laughter by the guys -- the audio commentary sounds a lot like the movie. With the notable absence of Margera, who isn't present on the commentary, the whole gang crack each other up, interrupt each other and reminisce about past deeds. It's nice to know that they aren't totally unaffected, like when someone cries, "I can't watch it." You also learn that there are consequences to their dunderheaded derring-do, such as how Margera's brand became infected and landed him in the hospital.

As for the additional segments, get ready to see lots more genitalia: getting mangled, performing feats of strength, escaping from shorts or just flapping away nonchalantly. These scenes aren't at all circumspect, which is probably why they were left out of the theatrical film, but since you're already desensitized after 95 minutes of watching similar stuff, the new content isn't more amusing. Ditto for the deleted scenes, which are more of the same.

The "making of" featurette includes interviews and behind-the-scenes footage that gives a little background about the film, but feels kind of like the rest of the bonus features. The guys actually do get around to discussing the difficulties of their endeavors, though. For example, playing pranks anonymously became more difficult as their fame increased, which forced them to don disguises, like producer Spike Jonze masquerading an old lady who literally can't keep her shirt on. Also, the guys admit that death is a real possibility, which doesn't seem to faze them. At one point, after Knoxville has been bitten multiple times by an anaconda, he examines his bloody arm and observes, "It missed the vein. That's good."

The outtakes once again feels like a rehash of the same material, especially since the film kept in so many unplanned moments and candid reactions anyway. The "Karazy" music video is about as low budget and uninspired you can get. It's Chris Pontius singing with his guitar with the "Jackass" guys doing -- guess what? -- yes, goofing off in various states of undress.

EXTRAS: Commentary by Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey, Jeff Tremaine, Dimitry Elyashkevich; The Making of "Jackass Number Two"; 16 deleted scenes; 29 additional segments; Karazy music video (unblurred version); outtakes; TV and promo spots; theatrical trailer; VMA spots; photo gallery
PRICE: $29.99

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