Paramount // 2004 // 172 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 4th, 2005
Okay, which one is the most highly evolved species again?
Chris Pontius and Steve-O return with another helping of "Jackass in the Jungle" in this second season of their kind-of nature show that's mainly an excuse for them to act like absolute idiots. Where else can you find a nature show host gulping a mouthful of elephant urine?
The two former Jackass stars have taken their self-abusive shtick to the wild, and the result is much scarring and vomiting. This season finds the boys traipsing all around the globe, seeking out dangerous animals, getting dangerously close to being mauled by a gorilla, sharing a tree branch with a leopard, fondling elephant genitalia, licking the feet of strange villagers, walking on coals, riding a bed of nails through a busy street, wrestling bears, swimming with otters, taunting scorpions, and attaching many species of animals to their butts.
This two-disc set features all eight episodes form Season Two and a set of bonus features relegated to the second disc. Each episode finds the boys in a different part of the world, seeking out the local wildlife as well as the local culture.
Here are the eight destinations for the Wildboyz this go-round:
* Episode 1: India
* Episode 2: Brazil
* Episode 3: Kenya
* Episode 4: Costa Rica
* Episode 5: Australia
* Episode 6: Florida
* Episode 7: East Africa
* Episode 8: Indonesia
Fans of MTV's now-defunct Jackass series should be plenty satiated by this venture. It's basically the same show, with more exotic milieus and creatures that are prone to biting when agitated. While the animals are cool and locales are interesting, what separates this show from a National Geographic special is its fearless (read: stupid-ass) hosts. Pontius and Steve-O are the main reasons to watch. And the litmus test for wanting to watch is easy: Ask yourself "Do I find it funny to see two complete morons willingly abuse themselves?" If the answer to that question is yes, then this is the series for you.
While I class myself firmly in the category of laughing at these two idiots, I have to admit that some of the routines grew old. You can only watch a guy puke his guts out or receive a painful bite from a snake so many times before things get a little ho-hum. (Wow, did I just write that? Man, it's true -- anything can lose its luster after a time.) These guys pummel themselves. Steve-O especially is a legend of self-abuse. He routinely gets bitten (voluntarily, I might add) and often drinks or eats whatever he comes into contact with, the result being, 99% of the time, a case of violent dry heaves or straight-up puking. Seriously, I can't believe this guy still has functioning tooth enamel.
The guys are often accompanied on their explorations by special guests. Jackass legend-turned-wannabe-movie-star Johnny Knoxville guest stars on two episodes. Diminutive skater Wee Man kicks it in Africa. And bona fide animal expert Manny Puig, a mainstay from last season, shows up for a couple of shows as well, the highlight of which is an absolutely insane stunt where he and the boys lure a leopard into their tree with meat. Overall, it was hard not to be entertained. Yeah, some of the stunts were too insipid to be funny, but I was enjoying myself more than not.
Despite the crassness and base humor of the content, this series is very well done. The widescreen presentation, while not anamorphic, is sharp and crisp (having been shot on digital cameras). Colors are lively, and you'll soak up every painful detail. Sound is so-so with a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix, but it's adequate enough; the sweet intro music definitely pounds the loudest.
Lots of extras are to be had here. Each episode contains an audio commentary with the guys and the crew (plus a few quest stars); what they lack in insightful remarks the commentators make up for in scatological humor. It's like open-mic night at a drunken frat house kegger. Disc two contains bonus segments for each episode, a robust blooper reel, the making-of documentary "Wildboyz Unclothed," a trivia game, the "Wildboyz Encyclopedia," the always enjoyable bite list, and a photo gallery. It's a nice set of extra stuff, the highlights beings the blooper reel, which offers much more uncensored hijinks, and "Wildboyz Unclothed," a featurette that follows the cast and crew through one episode's worth of filming. The latter reveals many interesting tidbits about the filming process (the hosts rarely know what to expect prior to the cameras' rolling) and the prep work (they really are supervised by lots and lot of professionals).
These episodes and the bonus material are uncensored. While -- thankfully -- our hosts' genitals are always blurred out, their colorful vocal expressions aren't. Translation: this ain't one for the little kids. If you want them to learn about animals and stuff, stick to Ranger Rick.
It's Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom for delinquents! What more could you ask for?
The court has been sufficiently amused. The accused is released back into the wild.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 172 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Cast and Crew Audio Commentaries
* "Wildboyz Unclothed" Featurette
* "Wildboyz Encyclopedia"
* Bonus Footage
* Blooper Reel
* Bite List
* Trivia Game
* Photo Gallery