Paramount // 2005 // 350 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 14th, 2006
"I think we've become the mouthpiece for Mother Nature."
-- Wildboy Chris Pontius
The Boyz are back with their two most recent seasons of harassing animals and abusing their stomach lining.
Seasons three and four were originally broadcast on MTV2 (at this rate, I guess we'll be seeing an MTV3 soon devoted to only music videos). Former Jackass standouts Chris Pontius and Steve-O headline the shenanigans, as they jet-set all around the globe, seeking out dangerous animals, exotic cultures and an array of profoundly disgusting liquids to imbibe. Occasionally, the Wildboyz are joined by guests like Johnny Knoxville, diminutive pro skater Wee Man, predatory animal expert Manny Puig, rapper Juvenile, Tony Hawk, BMX-pro Matt Hoffman, even David Hasselhoff.
Sixteen episodes comprise both seasons and are spread over two discs, the third housing the bonus features:
Disc One: Season Three
* "India 2"
* "India 3"
* "The Deep South"
Disc Two: Season Four
* "Mexico 2"
* "Argentina 2"
* "Thailand 2"
* "Russia 2"
The Wildboyz are premium idiots, but I laugh at them a lot. For those uninitiated into the Wildboyz mythos, here's the summation of the show: whatever occurs to the producers as something that would be provocative, Chris Pontius and Steve-O do it. As director Jeff Tremaine documents in the making-of feature, it's as simple as that. He brainstorms, with almost zero knowledge of the animals involved, runs it by some people with slightly more knowledge, flies to the location and the two guys do their thing. This might include sleeping in a hammock with meat tied to the bottom with lions circling underneath, having a bear lick marshmallows and honey off of their chests, swimming in a piranha dunk tank, offering themselves up to a horny elk, participating in a punishing Russian boot camp, drinking tobacco juice, getting voodoo tattoos, bathing with alligators, running around tiger-infested plains dressed up in scratching-post costume, or wrestling ill-tempered squid. A lot of crazy stuff goes down on this show.
Season four offers a departure from the usual "nature show on meth" formula the Boyz had developed over the previous seasons. Checking out cool animals became less of a thrust for the show, and globe-trotting to do weird and interesting things took over. The animal portion was significantly decreased in this season and the guys mainly did lots of insane stuff like opening fire with Russian tanks and vomiting in zero-gravity. Basically, Season 4 was essentially Jackass: World Traveler. This will probably appeal to a lot of you, and I readily admit there was much to laugh at, but I was partial to the show's original gimmick. Seeing these two clowns getting owned by an assortment of animals provided an unusual, but highly entertaining, juxtaposition. I missed that in the fourth season.
All that being said, I still recommend this set, both for Wildboyz fans and those of you who get a kick out of watching morons getting their comeuppance. Pontius and Steve-O are charismatic hosts (though Steve-O seemed a bit over-sensitive in more than a few instances) and seeing Johnny Knoxville in his element is always enlightening. Just be warned: there is a lot of incredibly gross antics to be found here and more vomiting than I can document. My gut is unsettled just thinking of that tobacco juice bit.
Lots of special features on the third disc: outtakes (featuring a heart-stopping skateboard crash by Tony Hawk), bonus segments, "Top 10 Wildboyz Moments," "Wildboyz Over and Out" documentary, a photo gallery and preview. Additionally, each episode has commentaries by the Wildboyz crew. The making-of feature is probably the best on the disc, featuring interviews with all the primaries as well as some bonus footage. The scariest thing: it really appears these guys were making this crap up as they went!
They're crazy. They're funny. Their colons will soon implode. They're the Wildboyz. And their latest series of adventures should keep the 9-year-old in all of us suitably entertained.
Not guilty. Tag them and release them back into the swamps.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 350 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Cast and Crew Audio Commentaries
* "Top 10 Wildboyz Moments"
* "Wildboyz Over and Out"
* Bonus Segments
* Photo Gallery