Paramount’s quasi-sequel Jackass 2.5 is now available for free on blockbuster.jackassworld.com. You need to install a crappy Microsoft plugin to play the thing. I’m on a Mac, and my experience was horrible. The audio quickly became out of sync, and the video player does not allow you to rewind or fast forward, which is key when watching this type of movie. I looked away for one second and missed something huge.
Technical complains aside, I was completely unimpressed by this new release. It’s basically a compilation of horrible segments which were too uninteresting to include in the theatrical release. There are 2 or 3 gems in the mix, but watching the rest of the movie is akin to watching a batch of bad deleted scenes. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to bash Jackass. The first two movies were a lot of fun, and contained some in-genius stunts and pranks. Most of the content contained in 2.5 seems like it was poorly planned, or just a bad idea all together. And the rest are slivers from good ideas which, for one reason or another, didn’t deliver as they should have. For example, the sequence in the beginning with King Kong and the airplanes was a great idea (probably the best in this new release), but the climax was very weak.
I’m sure some of you guys are checking this new film out (heck, it’s free – so why not?), and I’m interested to hear what you think. Post your thoughts!
Jackass 2.5 will be released on the internet exclusively next week, but you don’t have to wait until then to see some of the madness. Below I have included six small video clips from the film. Enjoy!
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A couple months ago, we broke the news that Paramount/MTV was secretly filming footage for a Jackass 2.5 feature film release. We didn’t have very many details back than (just some spycam video footage of a shoot in action), but now it has been revealed that the film won’t be released in theaters or on DVD.
Instead Jackass 2.5 will be released exclusively for two weeks through the web. This is probably the biggest single move towards online movie distribution by a major studio to date. The 64-minute film will be offered online for free starting on December 19th through Blockbuster (blockbuster.jackassworld.com). The film uses unused footage from the second Jackass film, combined with $2 million worth of new footage.
After the two week period, the movie will be moved to digital movie download services such as iTunes, and home video formats such as DVD. I think this could spawn a huge chain in the way some movies are released. They are basically, in my opinion, betting on word of mouth reaction to drive sales, replicating the same platform style releasing that Fox Searchlight has done so well in recent years. And the stunts of Jackass are perfectly suited to create a “you have to see this” word of mouth buzz.
Watch the trailer below.
Jackass: The Movie made $79.4 million, while the sequel Jackass: Number Two made over $84 million worldwide. And while home video sales figures aren’t available, I’m sure the films made another $70-$100 million on DVD. Not bad considering both films cost a combined $16 million to make.
When Jackass: Number Two was released theatrically, Johnny Knoxville was telling selected press that they still had plans to shoot more footage.
“There’s some stuff I’m still wanting to shoot, and we might shoot in November. It’s not for a three, it’s just because it’s something I really want to do, and I said I was gonna do it, and then I could not not do it.”
The Jackass guys claim to have over 40 minutes of deleted scenes from Number Two which are more than good enough to be featured in the first film.
“We do have 40 minutes of really good stuff that’s going to come out in some form and we’re going to shoot in November,” stated director Jeff Tremaine. “I know he’s not going to let us stop shooting, so something’s gonna happen. We’re not calling it Three, but you’ll see what we shoot somehow.”
But we’ve heard nothing since… Until now.
A spy sent us supposed footage from the Los Angeles set of Jackass 2.5, which is now being shot secretly. Check out the video footage after the jump.
Update: We have learned from Zack Lawrence that the Jackass crew is in fact currently shooting new stunts and segments for Jackass 2.5, which is currently scheduled to hit DVD this Christmas. Bam Margera apparently made an appearance on the Howard Stern Show earlier today, and let it slip that the Don Vito teeth pull which was shown in the television ads and movie trailer will be one of the cut segments featured on the all new release.
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