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Jack Ass presents: Bad Grandpa .5 Official AVSForum Review

BAD GRANDPA .5 gives you a whole new perspective on the world of Irving Zisman with unbelievable bonus scenes and hilarious pranks also featuring Academy Award-winner Spike Jonze (as “Gloria”) and Oscar®-nominee Catherine Keener (as Irving’s wife “Ellie”)…plus a look at the evolution of Johnny Knoxville’s naughty alter-ego, the Academy Award-nominated makeup effects, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the idiocy it takes to make a hidden camera movie in public.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Paramount - 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Feature running time: 86 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish/Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Written by: Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 8, 2014

"Outrageous .5"

My Take:

I reviewed Bad Grandpa back in January and got a kick out of it. Here are some excerpts from that review:

Eighty-six-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his eight-year-old grandson Billy, in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa". Jackass characters Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places, and situations that give new meaning to the term "childrearing". The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons, and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens. Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy.

Let’s be up front, this is the kind of stuff that you either find funny or insipidly repulsive. As a film enthusiast I can’t help but feel that I have a responsibility to discount this type of movie making for the asinine banality that it is. The problem is that doing so would make me a hypocrite because I found parts of this movie to be hysterically funny. Unlike the Jackass film’s there is little use of vomit inducing scenarios, gratuitous male form nudity and masochistic torture. Here we see Irving and his eight year old “grandson” on a road trip that takes them to a variety of locations all with the sole intention of setting up and pranking folks who don’t quite know how to reaction especially given that the offenders are an elderly man and a little boy.

If you’re put off by outrageous, irresponsible, and nonsensical tomfoolery, this is a waste of your time. If you get a kick out of pranking acts and can tolerate over the top, crass, and crude behavior/humor then you might just find it to be a guilty pleasure that makes for spirited entertainment when friends are over for a few beers.

What we get with this release of Jack Ass presents: Bad Grandpa .5 is essentially many of the sequences that were shot but didn’t make it into the original film along with a generous helping of behind the scenes footage/commentary that precedes that material. As with Bad Grandpa much of what makes that entertaining can predominantly be found here. There is less of Billy and more of Grandpa either alone or paired with either the make-up wearing characters/accomplices played by Catherine Keener and Spike Jonze. I found that to be hit or miss and not quite as much fun as the Grandpa/Billy Tandem. There are a few giggle inducing moments; the colostomy bag, bumming a cigarette, the casino couple, department store santa and working at a golf course that come to mind. When all is said and done Jack Ass presents: Bad Grandpa .5 is essentially an extension of Bad Grandpa that isn’t a much fun but is worth seeing if you enjoyed the first film.

Parental Guide:

The film contains strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 82
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Jack Ass presents: Bad Grandpa .5 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 32 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.8 Mbps.

Captured in a sort of documentary style this film was shot using high definition hand held and concealed CCD type video cameras with the perspective often switching back and forth. The shots captured with the better high definition cameras were lucid, with crisp definition, rich natural color, stable contrast and punchy blacks. The lower resolution camera footage was noticeably softer and occasionally exhibited minor artifacts but was certainly clear enough to get the job done. I had no real complaints with the video quality and on a whole thought that this presentation looked quite good.

The high resolution DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack had excellent dynamic range and clarity. Dialogue was articulately reproduced through the center channel and maintained a position of prominence within the front soundstage. This wasn’t an active surround mix but when applied the surround channels generated an immersive atmosphere that enriched the film’s intentionally fetid elements. Front and rear channel imaging was appreciable as off camera sounds and spatial cues mated perfectly with the events transpiring onscreen. There was little call for the use of deep bass response however where appropriate the low frequency effects supported the track’s recorded elements.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Roundtable interview with Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine
  • (HD) Casting Billy – 3 minute featurette
  • (HD) 8 deleted scenes
  • (HD) Outtakes – 14 minutes
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

As I said in my review of Bad Grandpa, here are a few adjectives that describe it: Outrageous, moronic, ridiculous, and banal. Here are a few more: breezy, funny and entertaining. Definitely not for everyone but if you get it there are some truly priceless moments amidst the dreck. With Jack Ass presents: Bad Grandpa .5 you are getting the fat that was trimmed off of the first film however there is still some meat that comes along with it especially if you found the original to be funny. It comes to Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring satisfying high definition audio/video quality and a light but serviceable supplemental offering. Jack Ass presents: Bad Grandpa .5 is best reserved for diehard fans that can’t get enough of Irving and company.

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Will defiantly get this for only $10,since i didn't buy the first one.
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