THE JAMIE KENNEDY EXPERIMENT
Review by Gordon Justesen
Creators: Jamie Kennedy, Fax Bahr, Mike Karz, Adam Small
Audio: Dolby Surround
Video: Full Screen 1.33:1
Features: See Review
Length: 475 Minutes
Release Date: January 25, 2005
prankster Jamie Kennedy is back once again for his third, and final, season of
experiments. Kennedy, star of Scream
and the upcoming Son of the Mask, has
enjoyed a fun three year run with his innovative and highly funny series, The
Jamie Kennedy Experiment, the show that pretty much brought the hidden
camera prank show back into the forefront. But all good things must come to an
Although the sole
flaw that the show carries is being not as hilarious as Ashton Kutcher's prank
(currently on hiatus), Jamie's show did come along first, and it always has
enjoyed a bit of distinction from MTV's hit show. For one thing, Jamie places
himself right in the middle of the act, going under excessive make up most of
the time. He pranks the most unsuspecting of people right up until the signature
phrase, "Youíve been X'd" is uttered.
One of the
characters Jamie is highly noted for is that of Virginia Hamm, a heavy set
African-American female with attitude galore. Yes, Jamie himself is playing this
part and itís one youíll have to see to believe. Virginia pops up in three
sketches in this season; "To Go", "Confused" and the
remarkably funny "Food Fight".
Jamie also gets a
little help from some noted celebrity guests, as he does every season. Who could
forget last season's poison cologne incident with Jeff Goldblum? This time
around, the likes of Anthony Anderson, Kathie Lee Gifford and Nicky Hilton pop
up to participate in various acts of X-ing.
Although the show
is now history, we have the miracle of DVD to thank for providing this hilarious
show to those who may have not been able to catch it in its initial run on TV,
such as myself. It has been quite an exuberant three seasons, and I look forward
to re-visit this collection as much as possible.
Though presented in
a full screen presentation, this video job courtesy of Paramount, is a most
exceptional one. The hidden camera shots aren't the best source of high video
quality, but they manage to turn up nicely anyway. And the shots of Jamie with
his studio audience are especially well rendered.
As in Seasons 1
& 2, the sound is mastered in Dolby 2.0, the fitting choice for a TV show of
this magnitude. The segments with Jamie and his audience fare better, once
again, but the prank segments have their own level of well rendered sound, and
better than one would probably expect.
Included in this
three disc package are alternative second marks for several of the aired pranks.