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South Park: Volume 5
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. (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
"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
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)
NOT an average)