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Punk'd (S1)
DVD disk
10.07.2004 By: JoBlo
Punk'd (S1) order
Director:
Jason Goldberg

Actors:
Ashton Kutcher
Jessica Alba
Britney Spears

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Yet another hidden-camera television program, this one created by MTV and featuring the youngest, best-looking celebs of the day including Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Biel and plenty of others non-Jessica celebrities with great asses, ready to be make fun of.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
We don’t get MTV up here in Canada (MuchMusic in the house!), so I’d never seen an episode of this program before I received this set, but after watching all 8 of them on these discs, back to back, I have to say that I enjoyed them overall, and was entertained-- especially since there were only 8 of them, and limited to 20 minutes each. It’s a quick watch and for anyone who enjoys watching others react under very bizarre circumstances, a fun time. I didn’t like this series as much as THE JAMIE KENNEDY EXPERIMENT, which I think was more inventive, but since the “twist” on this one was its celebrity “marks”, it offered its own reasons for watching. Some of my favorite episodes include Justin Timberlake freaking out over his repossessed house, Pink losing it when her boyfriend gets arrested and implicates her, Seth Green seemingly "ratting" his friends out to the FBI and Jessica Alba...looking hot.

I could have done without the non-celebrity pranks, since I’ve seen those types of gags a zillion times before, but like I said, thankfully these 2 discs are very short and can be watched in one sitting-- especially if it's a drunk sitting with some friends with weed. Ah yes, celebs are people too and they too, are cranky and pissheads when people fuck with them. Stephen Dorff getting stuck with the restaurant bill was also a doozie. I’m also glad to hear that host/creator Ashton Kutcher has decided to pull the plug on his show after its second season, since 1) his between-scenes shtick was already getting quite annoying and 2) it was starting to become a little obvious that certain “marks” knew that they were being punk’d and that’s when the show would have lost all of its credibility anyway. That said, it does the trick this time around, so check it out if you dig on hidden camera shows and want to see really rich, successful semi-talented punks...punk other punks.
THE EXTRAS
The extras include deleted scenes, which is a feature that needs to be turned ON before you even start to watch the episodes, allowing you to click on an icon that pops up during the episodes to see part of that specific gag that was cut out. I would have preferred to have watched these deleted scenes separately myself, especially since I had already watched all of the shows when I discovered it (and obviously didn’t want to watch them again right away), but watched them anyway, and found them to have been rightfully omitted from the show in the first place. Most of them are just clips of Kutcher wailing stupidities between some of the shots and aren’t particularly funny or informative.

You can also watch all 8 episodes while listening to a commentary track featuring Kutcher and one of the actors that he used in many of the first season’s sketches, named Dax. I only listened to a few of these tracks, but the boys were quite lively, tossed a couple of stories out there about specific celebs (and just like any guy, talk about the great asses that ladies like Pink and Britney Spears haul under their backs) and rambled on about lots of things not related to the episodes in particular. A decent listen, but if you don’t enjoy the Kutch-man, obviously one to skip.

“Download and Share” is a lame 7-second rant from Kutcher bitching about us downloading his dvd or something. Aren’t we all sick of hearing about this whole “piracy” thing already? Boring. “Never Before Seen Segments” includes only two unaired skits called “Young Executive” and “Blind Tattoo”. The first one is clever, but begins to border on cruel and somewhat obnoxious, which is never cool. The second bit’s lame. They’re both about 3 minutes long and don’t feature any celebs. A 4-minute “Also Available from MTV” clip is basically just shameless self-promotion of additional MTV dvd titles. Big fat yawner and unclassy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I liked the actual television episodes on these discs, but was turned off by its extras and even started to dislike Kutcher and his gang of misfits the more I saw/heard from them. It didn’t help that none of the extras were spit-worthy and felt tacked on just for the sake of being able to label the discs with “extras”. With not much worth in its extras and little re-watch value to the shows themselves (other than to show your friends), I wouldn’t recommend this as much for a “purchase”, as I would as a “rental”.
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