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This review is from: Steve-O Video Vol, 3: Out on Bail (DVD)
The people who rate this poorly because every single shot isn't a crazy stunt are people who really need to evaluate what makes these videos and their ilk so much of a blast to watch.
Is Steve-O a crazy mofo? Of course he is, but is that the only reason he's so much fun to watch? Nah, there's a hundred websites out there filled with videos of idiots doing stunts, most of them screwing up and getting badly hurt (which is a lot more entertaining, in my mind). So why is it that we'd prefer to watch Steve-O instead of those random kids? It's simple, because we LIKE Steve-O. He's a hell of a character, and honestly so are most of the guys he hangs out with. This video is less of a showcase of stunts as it is a bit of a behind the scenes on what it's like to spend a few months with the man himself.
So what makes Out on Bail superior to the rest? Well, for one, the first video (I won't mention the poorly done Tour video) was a collection of more than five years of footage, edited for the best bits. Moreover, it was all comprised of the camera being brought out whenever Steve felt like doing something crazy. It comes across as just a little collection of clips where he's purposefully performing.
By contrast, Out on Bail is a video where the camera was following the crew around, so we get the feeling that what's going on isn't just played up for the camera, that these guys actually live like this. Not to mention that Steve-O and the whole crew are just plain hilarious. I think Ryan Dunn was a standout surprise star from the CKY series, Preston and Wee Man are amusing if not featured too much, Nick Dunlap is a perfect addition to the crew, Liddle and Corolla are mostly around it seems for the rest to play off of. The video plays less like "Hey, I'm gonna do something crazy, pull out the camera" and more of "You aren't gonna guess what I managed to snag on camera", and that's a big difference.
Sure there are some stunts, including the early on scorpion annihilation. We also start to see that Steve-O is absolutely crazy in every sense. Not just that he'll jump off a building (though there is some of that, too), or that he'll staple his sac to his leg (that returns as well), but that just in life he's one of those guys that you need to put a reign on. Not a highlight reel, this is a biography of one of the craziest and most entertaining men in the country and the almost equally self-destructive crew that follows him around.
The additional disc, PCP Saved My Life, may very well be the most haunting video segment I've ever seen. Steve-O himself admits to never seeing the footage and that he refuses to ever do so. It's five days of the man having smoked some (you guessed it) PCP. What follows is him going through a rollercoaster of emotions, and baring his soul in a way that I don't think any of us are ready for.
Anyway, to wrap up this 2AM review, buy this video even if you've got a passing interest in CKY/Jackass/Steve-O. No, it's not chock full of crazy stunts, but it's hilarious, provocative, and will often times make you think "How the HELL are these guys still friends?", laughing all the way.