A supersized, 10th-Anniversary edition of rediscovered junk
The Story So Far...
Of course, there are some bits that you'll always find in an FFF show, like the exercise video montage (which hits big with clips on sexual fitness, something called "Buttcamp!", and a woman who looks a lot like a Kristen Wiig character doing unusual facial exercises), a public-access reel that's defined by the growing madness that is The Thoman O'Datey Explosion and another round of quick-hit coming attractions with blind people copping feels and the world's strongest clown. Sadly, there are no industry training videos, but past gems like home-shopping lunatics John and Johnny are featured in newly-found and even funnier clips, as well as a reunion, while we get more of the three-ring circus that is Petpourri, as well as another round of the VHS cover slideshow.
Even after 10 years there are rocks in the found-footage world that the guys haven't turned over yet, so there are new genres introduced here, like the commercial-break footage from Portland's KOIN 6 news team (featuring complaints, freakouts and boredom), a high-school talk show with a severely low-energy host and an Insane Clown Posse-loving guest, and some of the most disgusting footage ever heard, courtesy of a reality show Joe and Nick briefly worked on. Sometimes they'll uncover something that's had wide distribution online, like the "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet" instructional video, but for the most part, most of the clips should be new to you.
Some of the best parts of the show come from Joe and Nick's comments during the videos, perhaps partially because their Midwest background makes them sound a lot like Tom Servo and Crow. It would be great to get more of this in spots, since they are judicious about when they jump in. Where they don't hold back though is with their own content, which was an issue in recent volumes. Here, they once again try the TV morning-show prank, swapping the yo-yo master for a chef working with leftovers. The first version wore out its welcome quickly. This one barely gets off the ground, because it's the same idea, just slightly different. Which doesn't improve it in any way. That it's the last full segment of the show is another problem, as it's hardly a solid climax.
Some of the other highlights include:
The Dolby Digital 2.0 track on this show does its job and does it well, so everything you're supposed to be able to hear sounds clear and easily understood. As with previous collections, the clarity of the audio ensures that it sounds like it's the dated material you're watching. Any time ‘80s music is heard, it sounds excellent.
If you enjoyed the clips of the bowel-movement classic "Accidents Stink!" but thought it was missing something, you'll find it in the 3:09 "Uncensored ‘Accidents Stink!'" Though you'll first have to get through three warning screens, which inform you of what you're about to confront head on. For very niche audiences only.
A supercut of Tony Little saying his catchphrase "You can do it," checks in at 3:30, and you'll start thinking it's too long by about the 30 second mark. Challenge yourself to power through and prove your endurance.
"On the Road with Nick and Joe" is a small (5:48) look behind the scenes of one of the FFF shows, as they prep and warm-up for the show, while also talking about how it comes together and what the future for the Festival might be.
The extras conclude with the short (7:19) mockumentary Glue Man, about an expert talking-head documentarians call upon to aid their projects. Ken Burns and Morgan Spurlock join in the fun in a piece that will be best appreciated by those who are really into non-fiction film.
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