Based on the premise of reality television, VIVA LA BAM centers on the fanatical and often extreme life of pro-skater Bam Margera and his fascination with amusement at the expense of his family and friends. With an almost ... more »contagious energetic persona, Bam is able to instigate his friends into lavishly planned tricks plotted against his loved ones. From turning his parents' house into a skate park to putting an alligator in his mother's kitchen, catastrophe and emotional abuse has never been so funny.« less
"No matter how bad your parents thought you were as a kid, they should thank their lucky stars that they aren't Phil and April Margera. Professional skateboarder and all-around pain in the ass, Bam Margera is the Dennis the Menace for the new millennium. After the Jackass show ended it splintered off into two strains, one of which, Viva La Bam, stars Bam and his crew (other Jackass survivors, Ryan Dunn, Raab Himself, Rake Yorn, Brandon DiCamillo) as they find new ways to torment his long-suffering parents. Bam and his gang pull all sorts of pranks and stunts to make his parents' lives a living hell. Throw in the nearly incomprehensible Don Vito (Phil's rather large brother) and you've got the makings for one of the more entertaining reality shows.
Fans will be pleased to know that all the episodes are featured gloriously uncut with all the cuss words intact! Breathe easy, parents. The uncut nastiness is limited to the language. The shameless nudity is still blurred.
There are audio commentaries for every episode by Bam, Phil, April, Ryan, Brandon, Rake, Tim and Raab. As you can imagine, these are pretty funny, chaotic tracks as Bam and co. dish on all sorts of behind-the-scenes stories. Bam, obviously, dominates these tracks, but his mom does comment quite a bit as well. Although, the glaring omission of Don Vito is unacceptable!
There are nine deleted scenes, including more footage of Bam building a skate park in his parent's house and Raab under the thrall of a hypnotist while the boys were in Las Vegas.
"Scavenger Hunt List" is the entire list of tasks that had to be accomplished from the season's climatic final episode.
"Q&A**Holes" is a bunch of text screens with the cast answering several questions not so seriously.
There is a small collection of behind-the-scenes photos.
There is also music video's for Bam's brother's band, CKY, Clutch, Turbonegro and the DiCamillo Sisters (basically Brandon, Bam and the lead singer from the Bloodhound Gang).
For such a nonsensical show there is a surprisingly amount of extras that are all done in the same flavour as the show. Even the menus capture the vibe of the show, which is a nice touch. Fans will no doubt dig this collection while all others are advised to stay far away! You may not derive any deep meaning from this show but there are worse ways to kill a Friday night."
MMAfan | USA | 10/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well im glad its coming out but I wish it would have included season 2 also. Giving us season 1 is just going to make us want the other seasons more. This is an awesome show though. Don Vito is hilarious. Bam's cool. It's neat to see someone who can get away with anything they want to do. What you'll get in this set s 8 episodes(Listed below). It's 150 minutes long. A little bit of extras. What you'll see in these episodes is Phil starving because he can't eat anything for one day, Bam and his friends stuck on an island for a day, Don Vito getting kicked out of a casino, Don Vito racing another guy on a motorized cart, a lot of cars being totally smashed, an entire skatepark/ice rink built in and outside Bam's house, AND LOT'S MORE. That's just a little of season 1. The only thing I don't get is that Wildboyz Season 1 is 25 minutes longer then this season of Viva La Bam and this set is almost 10 dollars more. Still this is a good set to own.(Below episodes listed for Season 1)
Phil's Hell Day Bam Hosts A Concert (don't feed Phil) The Family Reunion We're Going to Vegas! Three-Day Weekend The Christmas Episode April Gets Revenge The Scavenger Hunt"
Worth owning on DVD
M. Kare | 03/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Viva La Bam is a great show that may seem silly at first but eventually grows on you. If you want to know what the show is about imagine this, MTV wants to give you money to watch you and your friends do things that you could only imagine doing. These guys do some of the goofiest things and by the end of every episode you appreciate the fun because you can see yourself doing the same things they are if only given the chance. It sure beats the 40 hour work week where you know what you're going to be doing, and it definately beats other "reality" shows because there are no roses and no interships (well, maybe Vito is an intern!) but everyone has fun and gets silly and you laugh until your stomache hurts!"
Dennis the Menace Meets Omen
Antonio D. Paolucci | Beaver Falls, PA | 01/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Viva La Bam is constantly and unfairly being compared to Jackass. They are similar, but in very small ways, and the one that stands out the most is the fact that Bam Margera is in this as well. They don't do the same masochistic stunts you'd find in Jackass. There's rarely ever any forced vomiting or cruelty to animals (like in Wild Boys). What Bam does is torment his surprisingly tolerant parents. This, the first volume, contains the first eight episodes of the show (an entire season) plus a disc of special features:
Episode 1: Phil's Hell Day/Bam's Skate Park: they couldn't have picked a better episode to start the season.
Episode 2: Don't Feed Phil: Bam does everything in his power to deny Phil food for a day.
Episode 3: Family Reunion: Bam's attention turns to his extended family, and you begin to realize that Bam isn't as crazy as his family.
Episode 4: Viva Las Vegas: Rabb gets a mail order bride, and April and Phil celebrate their anniversary. Vito snaps.
Episode 5: Paint Phil Blue & Other Stories: Bam paints Phil, steals April's car, and dig a tunnel into Vito's house.
Episode 6: Very Merry Margera Christmas: Bam celebrates Christmas with friends in the only way he knows how.
Episode 7: April's Revenge: Bam's gets what's coming to him yet April, the person responsible, doesn't realize what she's got herself into.
Episode 8: Scavenger Hunt: Bam and friends tore all of West Chester in order to score points in a crazy scavenger hunt.
The bonus in this collection, though, comes in the special features disc. This includes a heap of deleted scenes which are funnier than anything you can find in the series, if a little more gross at times. It has other things as well, but the deleted scenes are where to be when you pop this into your DVD player.
Though still headed by a bunch of jerks, Viva La Bam isn't nearly as controversial as Jackass or even the CKY Trilogy, though it's equally as funny as both. These DVDs contain some simple laughs that are, at the very least, guaranteed, something that's needed in our world today. Pick this up if you liked Jackass or Wildboys, or are a fan of skateboarding."
Dont Expect a lot.
Steve Lawrence | Mississauga, ON Canada | 04/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been following these dudes since CKY Landspeed. and ive grown up watching the CKY series, and the Jackass series. In this Jackass spinoff, i must say they did a fantastic job. Don Vito is pure hilairty. I purchased season 1, and was really happy with what i bought. purchasing this set, i was expecting the same thing. but was let down.
The packagin is great, so no problems with that. it looks great. there are 3 DVD's. Season 2, 3 and Bonus Disc. Once you insert a DVD youll be shown a few previews, and then comes a generic title screen with the options Play All, and Episodes. Bam dosnt introduce us on these DVDs this time. Episode 6, season 2 is censored for some reason. theres not as much bonus stuff you would expect from 2 seasons. and now, the biggest dissapointment of all....NO COMMENTARY! WHY!?!?!?! commentary and bonus stuff was the only reaosn to buy this in my opinion. its as tho your in the same romm as them, watching the show. theyre comments are hilarious, and they answer so many questions while giving out a ton of interesting facts.
Dispite the abscence of commentary, and more bonus footage, this is a decent release. it seems as though this DVD set was rushed. But if all you want is the episodes, and a few bonus clips, then its perfect for you.
oh and by the way, Compton Ass Terry's music was left out again due to legal issues."