- DVD Review!
- September 27th, 2003
It's been a while since I'd bought myself a new DVD, and it was with this express purpose I went shopping on Thursday night. I was tooling around HMV looking at their DVD sale (featuring such quality film as Once Were Warriors and the Cell - and such a bargain at $15. Call me when they're 15c, I might care but don't hold your breath). Despairing of ever finding anything worth buying, my eyes settled on a rack of Jackass DVDs.
Now, I realise how stupid the idea was: idiots hurting themselves for fun and profit. But I liked Jackass. It was reality rv rendered down to its basic form, watching people suffer so you don't have to do it. But alongside the Jackass DVDs was my eventual purchase, the CKY trilogy.
I had seen CKY 1 & 4 already, thanks to the power of the INTERNET, but the CD set had CKY, some strange mix of CKY 2&3, and a documentary. All for only $36, so I thought to myself "Self, why not? We like violence, skating, and profanity. What more is there to life?", and before I could blink I was leaving with a copy.
The packaging leaves a little to be desired. Normally I like to see running times, aspect ratio, region encoding, all neatly displayed somewhere on the back. There was none of this, not even a listing of what actually appeared on the discs. Fortunately the power of the DVD means as long as a disc is chaptered properly it's easier to skip to exactly what you want to see (with the nature of the CKY movies there's stuff you really don't need to see more than once, if at all, like Raab Himself taking a shit while running as fast as he can).
If you have ever watched Jackass you have probably seen snippets from CKY. The trolley riding in carparks, naked guys running about the place, Phil Margera (father of Bam Margera, who made the films) having various pranks played on him. The movies are more of the same, along with some prank calls, various jokes involving poop, and some skating.
The skating is what interested me the most. As a kid I loved skating. Ollies, grinds, fakies, I knew them all. But to my eternal sadness, I sucked. My only entry to the Neighbourhood Skating Hall of Fame was managing a 6" ollie and being able to land it. But, put me in front of a Tony Hawk game and how the tables turn!
I'm no judge of really good skating from partly good, but they skating clips are edited well, and the soundtrack really works. Some of it is performed by CKY (the band) the rest mostly metal. It's enough to make me want to dig the old deck out and slide down some railings - fortunately memories of falling over anything and everything still persist to keep me off that damn plywood deathtrap.
There isn't much in the way of bonus material on the CDs unless you count the documentary, which is probably not something you're going to watch all that often. Mostly it's various members of the gang talking about various skits they did in the past, a lot of which aren't in the movies. It's not terribly exciting, but the "How to rob a house" feature is worth waiting through the rest for.
Overall, if you're a fan of stupidity I give it a thumbs up, otherwise save your bucks for something else.