"Jackass" started off as one of those things that I doubt anyone involved thought would be what it turned out to be. The series, which became one of the most popular ever on MTV (and spawned a feature film that, despite being essentially an extended episode costing $5m, went on to make nearly $65m) , can best be described as a twisted, drunken version of "Fear Factor", with some "America's Funniest Home Videos" thrown in for good measure. Essentially, star/host Johnny Knoxville and his band of pranksters (Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Wee Man, Preston Lacy and others) come up with new (and, love it or hate it, you have to admit that they're occasionally pretty creative in their own bizarre way - see "Urban Kayaking", which I'm surprised never caught on - there's so many big city fountains out there) and sometimes quite dangerous ways to either injure themselves (don't try this at home, kids!) or shock and/or embarass others.
"Jackass: The Lost Tapes" is a nearly 2-hour reel of all the stuff that hasn't - for whatever reason - previously made it onto the "Jackass" DVD releases that have come out in the past. There's some amusing skits throughout the program, such as Steve-O attempting to bike into a digusting pond and then - upon realizing that the bike is still in the water - jumping back into the muck. In terms of the gross-out factor, there's one in a mattress store where Knoxville "ruins" a mattress while the salesperson looks particularly awkward.
Other highlights include Knoxville and Pontius taking on a rugby team, Knoxville playing street soccer ("Soccer. No, football. Soccer. Football.") in the middle of a London street, Wee-Man as an Oompa Loompa skating down the streets of LA and Knoxville jumping the fence onto a mini golf course and acting like it's a driving range.
Overall, there are certainly a few scenes on this compilation that feel more like they should be in a deleted scenes section. However, the highlights outweigh the more uneven bits.
VIDEO: "Jackass" is presented by Paramount in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. Filmed with digital video cameras with somewhat varying quality levels (always fairly basic), the picture quality shows off "Jackass" about as well as it's possibly going to look. Sharpness and detail are often pretty good, although there are definitely moments that look softer than the rest - especially some of the night sequences, which can look somewhat muddy.
Aside from some minor shimmering, the picture remained free of flaws such as edge enhancement or pixelation. Colors looked natural and accurate, with no smearing or other issues. Again, the show certainly isn't slick in any ways (sick yes, slick no) and the image quality is very fine for the material.
SOUND: The 2.0 audio is very basic "documentary style" audio, with all of the crashes and dialogue generally sounding crisp and clear, aside from moments where street noise or other environmental sounds overwhelm the dialogue a bit.
EXTRAS: Every "Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville" open and end credits montages from the show. A commentary would have been nice, but the open/closes are what's offered. There's also a promo for jackassworld.com.
Final Thoughts: "The Lost Tapes" has a few ups and downs, but is otherwise a fine way for a fan of the series to finally complete their collection. Recommended for fans.