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South Park: Volume 4
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. (Same introduction again, and if you've read the past
ones, I'm sure you haven't been re-reading it all over
Volume 4 of the DVD series does have some signifigance.
It includes the two part episode "Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty
Slut" and "Cartman's Mom Is Still A Dirty Slut", as well as
the classic "Chicken Lover" where "Respect my authori-tah!"
was born, and the drug binge episode "Ike's Wee Wee".
First off is "Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut". This was
the first season cliffhanger, and followed Cartman as he
went on a quest for his dad, where most of it is told in
flashback from a certain party many years ago, and ties in
themes with a genetic test and "America's Stupidest Home
Videos". What makes this cliffhanger so important is that
the ending to it was supposed to be aired a few weeks later.
However, the creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, pulled a
stunt as the show was supposed to air on April Fool's Day,
and did this stupid "spin-off" episode of "Terrance and
Phillip", the kids's favorite TV show. So many people
complained about it, Comedy Central bumped up the
cliffhanger finale a full month, so it aried two weeks
later, and not an additional six weeks later.
That's where "Cartman's Mom Is Still A Dirty Slut" takes
off, as we find out who Cartman's dad really is. I won't
spoil it for you, and I do think it is disgusting, but all
in all, hilarious.
"Chicken Lover" follows Officer Barbrady as we learn he
can't read at all, and he needs to in order to solve the
mystery of the "Chicken Lover" (a much more dirtier term is
used in the episode, and due to the dirty term, they made
the episode title "Lover"), a guy who more or less screws
chickens. As Barbrady goes back to school to learn how to
read, Cartman takes up a police posistion to teach everyone
to "respect his authori-tah!". A very funny episode.
And last, "Ike's Wee Wee" has the school guidance
counselor, Mr. Mackey, loses his job after marijuana he
brings in turns up missing. In spite of his new depression,
Mackey turns to drugs and alcohol. We also learn that Kyle's
brother Ike is having a bris, the traditional Jewish
ceremony where a baby is circumsiced. A revelation is
revealed in this episode about Ike, but I'll let you check
that out for yourself. This episode is a scream and really
Presented in the standard full frame of 1.33:1, this
volume of South Park retains the nice clean transfers as the
previous ones. Colors are solid, and the picture has a nice
bright tone to it. No Comedy Central logo in the corner
either, and detail is nice. Pretty sharp here.
Dolby Digital Stereo is used for the episodes, and two
channels is all that it needs. It's nothing that's going to
blow you away, but fits fine with the show. Everything is
easy to understand and listen to, it's sounds crisp and
You get bombarded with a long Comedy Central promo, as
well as the usual Trey and Matt introductions which were on
the VHS versions as well. The intros are sketches basically,
and provides just a little on the episode itself. You
probably won't watch the intros more than once.
Once again, another great South Park collection with some
really funny episodes. The sound and video are perfectly
fine, and the price is right too.
(4/5 (average of all four
episodes), NOT included in final score)
NOT an average)