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Dec 19 2007   9:52AM GMT

Jackass 2.5, first Web-only studio film, powered by Silverlight

Brian Eastwood Profile: Brian Eastwood

Just in time for good tidings of comfort and joy, Jackass 2.5 has hit the browser.

Aficionados of Steve-O, Johnny Knoxville and their whimsical shenanigans can take in the third installment of this cinematic wonder that is Jackass free on Blockbuster.com from today (Dec. 19) until Dec. 31. It marks the first time a full-length, studio-backed film has appeared free on the Internet. (The film offers footage left on the cutting room floor after the final edits were made to Jackass Number Two — hence the 2.5 in the title.)

Viewing the movie requires two things — 17 or more years as an inhabitant of Earth and the Silverlight Media Player.

Silverlight, for those just joining us, marks Microsoft’s foray into wide world of the Rich Internet Applications. Demonstrations of Silverlight in action have popped up at numerous Microsoft shows in the last few months, and can be seen at sites as varied as World Wresting Entertainment and the city of Cerritos, Calif., which streams public meetings live on the Web.

This, though, will give that wide world a chance to see how Silverlight handles full-length features — not to mention outrageous, painful stunts that you absolutely, positively, under no circumstances should try at home.

If you’re interested in watching Jackass 2.5 — you know, as a demonstration of the power of Silverlight — first make sure your boss isn’t coming around the corner and then click here. Consider yourself warned.

And we would be remiss in not linking to the press release from Limelight Networks, the content delivery network that partnered with Microsoft and Blockbuster to bring such an important film to the digital masses — so here it is.

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