Discs Are Rated
South Park: Volume 3
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Retail Price: $19.99
Features: Comedy Central Trailer, Trey Parker and Matt
Specs: 1:33:1 Standard, English Dolby Digial Surround
No one could account what kind of phenom "South Park"
would be when it debuted during August 1997. I must admit, I
was one of the watchers who tuned into the first broadcast,
and after it ended, I was hooked to the show. I thought it
was hilarious, really original too. I taped the episode, and
from episodes then and on, and have seen them tons and tons
of times. Of course, the show spawned a hit movie and a ton
of catchphrases "They killed Kenny!", "Respect my
authori-tah!" etc.) I consider myself a fan from the start,
and was happy that Warner and Rhino were releasing episodes
every year on DVD. Now I could finally replace my worn out
tapes. (Once again I'm recycling my intro...)
Volume 3 of the South Park discs feature four episodes of
the series, and shows that it's truly begun to establish
itself. The episodes are "Starvin' Marvin",
"Mecha-Streisand", "Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo" and
"Tom's Rhinoplasty". Except for "Mecha-Streisand", these are
all holiday themed episodes.
"Starvin' Marvin" follows the boys, Cartman, Kenny, Stan
and Kyle in a little case of mistaken identity. Cartman
orders a sportswatch off a TV informercial, and instead gets
an Ethopian who the boys name Starvin' Marvin. Of course,
when Marvin is trying to be retrieved, they take Cartman
instead and he's stuck in Ethiopia with Sally Struthers
(nooo!). Meanwhile, it's almost Thanksgiving, and
genetincally altered turkeys are invading and destroying
South Park, which leads to a "Braveheart" parody.
"Mecha-Streisand" is sort of a "Power Rangers" parody, as
Barbra Streisand herself is really a huge robot monster, and
Chef is called upon to help stop her with Leonard Maltin,
Robert Smith of the band "The Cure" and Sidney Poiter. This
is a pretty funny episode, but I do admit the whole fighting
monsters bit does get old fast.
Definently one of the most beloved episodes of the show,
"Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo" was the first holiday
episode, and has Kyle feeling jealous and sad about
Christmas, due to the fact he's Jewish. He tells his friends
that "Mr. Hankey", a talking piece of poo, comes out of the
toilet each Christmas to reward those with good fiber in
their diet. Still, no one believes Kyle and he is eventually
comitted to a mental hospital. A sideplot involves the
school's Christmas Pagenent, and in the end everyone catches
a little holiday spirit and gets to see if Mr. Hankey is
real or not.
Finally, "Tom's Rhinoplasty" has Mr. Garrison getting a
nose job, and is replaced by a hot, young subsitute named
Ms. Ellen. All the boys in the class love Ms. Ellen (who's
voiced by the chick from "Species", Natasha Henstridge"),
and Stan has nurtured a crush on her. Still, Stan's real
love, Wendy, gets a bit jealous as she proves no one should
mess with her.
Presented in the original TV aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the
episodes look really nice and digital. There is some slight
shimmer, but detail is good and colors are really good, as
you can see a lot of things pretty clearly.
The sound is decent. The older disc pressings had a
"popping noise", and this disc is in Dolby Digital stereo.
Things are easy to hear and nothing overpowers anything,
which is always good. Nothing spectacular, so a two channel
mix fits fine, but I wish they'd let them curse and take the
The usual standard "Trey and Matt" intros are included
before each episode, as it is some stupid skit involving
them as they give some really slight background on it.
There's also a nice, big Comedy Central ad which shows off
all their programming.
It's nice to see all these episodes in a nice package.
While the video and audio are like the others, along with
the intros, South Park fans should be pleased overall.
(4/5 (average of all four
episodes), NOT included in final score)
NOT an average)