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South Park: Volume 5

review by Zach B.


Studio: Warner/Rhino

Running Time: 100 Minutes

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Comedy Central Trailer, Trey Parker and Matt Stone Intros

Specs: 1:33:1 Standard, English Dolby Digial Surround Stereo

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. (Yes, this should look familiar to you... I've already used this intro on the previous four volumes).

The fifth volume of South Park contains some more of season two of the hit series. There are four episodes on the disc. The first, "Conjoined Fetus Lady", is where we meet the school's nurse, who has a conjoined fetus on her head. This pretty much scares all the kids in the school, but the town tries their best to show having this problem is nothing to be ashamed of, but something unique. It does get a bid ridiculous, and the nurse is a bit offended by the gesture. Meanwhile, the boys have their own championship Dodgeball team, which brings them to China.

"The Mexican Staring Frog Of Southern Sri Lanka" is definently not one of my favorite episodes. It deals with Stan's uncle Jimbo and his war buddy Ned, as they have their own cable access show. Stan needs help with a paper, which turns out to be complete bs, and the boys decide to get back at Jimbo.

"Flashbacks" is a pretty fun episode, where the students are trapped on a bus which is on the verge of falling off a cliff. There, they all remember past events, some from old episodes, some not, but, they are changed in a few ways. Meanwhile, their bus driver, Ms. Crabtree, goes off for help but actually starts a successful comedy career.

Finally, "Summer Sucks" deals with fireworks being outlawed in South Park, and everyone has to use snakes (the discs which grow when you light them). Mr. Garrison freaks out when Mr. Hat, his hand puppet, disappears and Cartman takes swimming lessons. Finally, the mayor tries to make the best July 4th celebration ever with a huge snake, but ends up destroying the town.

If you love South Park, there is no doubt you went out and got this disc already. While I don't think these episodes are the best of the series, some are more fun to watch than others.


Same old, same old. The transfer for each episode is in full frame, and colors are vibrant and the whole construction paper layout is pretty visible, showing fine detail. The picture is pretty sharp.

Presnted in 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround Stereo, dialogue and music is crisp, and nothing over powers anything. I found the sound to be a bit low, but it all pretty much sounds the way it did on television.

The usual, stupid sketches of Trey and Matt (the show creators) introducing each episode is included, as well as a Comedy Central trailer highlighting their other fine programming.

It's your call. The retail on this (and the other South Park) discs are really cheap, and if you're a fan of the series or liked these episodes, it's a nice buy.

(4/5 (average of all four episodes), NOT included in final score)




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