Note to people who don't like 'Jackass': Resistance is futile. That's the message from mastermind / star Johnny Knoxville and director Jeff Tremaine, who told MTV that 'Jackass 3.5' will be unleashed early in the new year. It won't be coming to theaters, an idea that was reportedly briefly considered, but instead will go direct to DVD and online. The precise timing has not yet been determined, but the plan is to come out with 'Jackass 3.5' in January before 'Jackass 3D' is released for home video consumption.
Consisting of an hour or so of footage left over from 'Jackass 3D,' 'Jackass 3.5' promises more penis, more testicular attacks and the sure to be immortal "Rocket Ship to Your Anus" bit, which should probably be left to your imagination. Of course, that could be said of everything related to 'Jackass' over the past 10 years, but dissenters find themselves in the distinct minority, as the latest edition's overwhelming popularity at the box office -- and critical approval in some quarters -- makes clear. The popularity of 'Jackass' also allows the filmmakers to make another naked cash grab, as they did with 'Jackass 2.5.'
You might remember that 'Jackass 2.5,' consisting of 64 minutes of leftover footage, was released direct to video one year after the DVD release of 'Jackass Number Two,' which included deleted scenes and outtakes. Now it seems that 'Jackass 3.5' will follow the same pattern, releasing separately -- rather than being included in the 'Jackass 3D' home video edition -- in order to generate more revenue.
At first blush that seems unfair to the fans, who have made the series what it is with their unstinting support, but if it makes you laugh enough to want to watch it over and over again, shelling out money for both 'Jackass 3.5' and 'Jackass 3D' shouldn't be a problem.