Watch Judge Ian Visser take a poo on this DVD.
Fresh off his release from a California jail, Jackass alumni Steve-O and his companions head out on a twelve country world tour and bring along a bunch of video cameras to document the entire fiasco. The lucky beneficiaries of Steve-O and his unique brand of staged entertainment include Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Mexico, Holland, and several other countries that would do well to avoid importing this particular form of American influence.
Steve-O is accompanied by several members of the former Jackass crew on his tour, including Ryan Dunn, Preston Lacey, and to a much lesser extent, Bam Margera and Wee Man. Beyond the nightly shows of debauchery and mayhem, viewers will thrill at seeing the binge-drinking and related nonsense that accompanies a group of adolescent men who consider the world to be their toilet.
Among the highlights contained in Steve-O: Out on Bail you will find:
Butt to finger to face contact
Unlike the Jackass collective and their assembled works, Steve-O: Out on Bail is not a collection of stunts as much an assortment of goof-offs that are filmed for the entertainment of frat boys across America. The nightly stage shows largely consist of Steve-O and his friends injuring themselves, and the crowd whooping it up in response. Then it's back to the room, where groupies will be sprayed with beer, bathrooms will be destroyed, and hotel employees will be greatly inconvenienced.
I'm pretty sure that if you enjoy what this group does for a living you must have some kind of weird fetish involving body discharges and male nudity. Steve-O: Out on Bail practically floats on a river of body fluids, and it's hard to believe the entire cast isn't thoroughly infected with a scorching case of hepatitis by the end of the tour. If you like constant acts of vomiting, urination, defecation, and bleeding, then this set will be sure to please.
There are two instances in Steve-O: Out on Bail that stand out. Unintentionally hilarious is the recounting of the gang's mid-morning, all-ages show while in Iceland. The crowd is populated kids (many too young even to get into a PG-rated film) and their soon-to-be horrified parents, and Steve-O and his confederates are mystified as to what is expected of them; clearly the usual material isn't going to go over at this venue. The moments when the camera catches the faces of the disgusted parents and dumb-founded youngsters make for great entertainment, however short-lived they may be. I guess some experiences don't translate that well between cultures after all.
The flip side of this moment of absurdity is a closing scene in which the group proceeds to get drunk and destroy a Norway café over the course of a day. Watching the disgusted Norwegians reacting to this epitome of the "ugly American" only clarifies how much the world can despise us when we travel abroad and bring our bad habits with us. The Norwegians, polite to a fault, allow this nonsense to go on far too long, and the incident crosses the line from funny or embarrassing into an insulting display of bad manners.
On the technical front, Steve-O: Out on Bail provides the bare minimum required for a viewing experience. The full-frame image is largely shot with handy-cams, and the resulting footage is grainy, poorly-lit, and thoroughly amateurish. Audio is par for the course; you can hear what is said and that's about it.
Extras features include footage of four hotel room trashings, three deleted scenes, a "making of" feature that is largely just drunk people in an editing room, and a series of stunts by skateboarder Ryan Simonetti. The second disk in the collection is entitled "PCP Saved My Life," and allegedly chronicles five days during which Steve-O regularly smoked PCP and then filmed the result. I say "allegedly" because there appears to be absolutely no change in Steve-O's personality whatsoever during the course of this footage. If you had told me that he had not smoked PCP during the filming I would have been more likely to believe you, in fact. It only lasts about 20 minutes and isn't worthy of creating a two-disk set with.
This court ignores the rules of judicial conduct and exposes its personal bias by declaring Steve-O: Out on Bail to be very, very guilty.
Give us your feedback!
What's "fair"? Whether positive or negative, our reviews should be unbiased, informative, and critique the material on its own merits.
Other Reviews You Might Enjoy
Scales of Justice
Studio: Image Entertainment
• Hotel trashings
Review content copyright © 2008 Ian Visser; Site design and review layout copyright © 2013 Verdict Partners LLC. All rights reserved.