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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

review by Zach B.

Rated R

1 hours 21 minutes

With the voices of Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Pam Brady, Eric Idle, Brett Spiner, George Clooney, Minnie Driver

Written by Trey Parker & Matt Stone and Pam Brady

Directed by Trey Parker

 

Retail Price: 29.99

Features: Three Theatrical Trailers

Specs: Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (Aspect Ratio 1:85:1), 5.1 Dolby Digital in English, Dolby Surround in English and French, Chapter Search (26 Chapters), English subtitles

 

 

Supposedly to cash right in on the current success of the cable hit (and one of my personal favorite TV shows) South Park, it was no surprise that Paramount (With Warner Bros.) jumped on the chance to make a feature film about everyone's foul mouthed third graders, and their strange mountain town South Park. The movie, entitled "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut", debuted during the summer of 1999, just around the time theaters really started to enforce the whole MPAA ratings. The box office was pretty good, but I think a lot expected better. Either way, a lot didn't have their hopes up, because TV shows never truly make the jump from small screen to silver screen. Being a South Park fan, I went to see the film opening day, loving every moment of it. "South Park: BLU" is one of those rare exceptions. It's funny, it's highly entertaining, it's a musical, and most importantly, it really has something to say.

The whole movie begins when our four heroes, Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Eric sneak themselves into an R rated movie by their favorite Canadian duo "Terrance and Philip". The film is perverse, lots of bad language and fart jokes. Their parents soon find out they have seen the movie, and Kyle's mom, Sheila, becomes really outraged, and starts her own group, Mothers Against Canada. Soon enough, Terrance and Philip become captured, and are set to be executed, and a war with Canada and United States rages on. Plus, Satan and his gay lover, the deceased Sadam Hussein are all in on this.

"South Park: BLU" succeeds on so many levels, it's actually a little unreal. The jokes are sick and always hilarious, the songs are really really catchy (and funny too), and the movie has a lot to say about censorship and communication. Even if you don't like South Park, the movie is still worth checking out. You'll probably end up liking it. I love this film, and it is worth to be in anyone's collection. And finally, hearing the kids cursing with no bleeps!

 

An excellent anamorphic transfer by Paramount. Everything is lit and detailed perfectly. It's all clear and a marel to view. You can even see the consturction paper "dots"! There are some artifacts and dirt, but it's not too major, but can be distracting.

 

The film is presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital, and it's all really clear, loud, and very nice to listen to. This movie is a musical, and brings the songs to life. Also included is 2.0 Dolby Surround English, as well as 2.0 Dolby Surround French. These mixes are nice as well... and turn on the French track. Hearing some of these songs in French are a SCREAM.

 

I heard scenes were cut from this film, too bad there is nothing extensive on the disc like that. I would have loved to hear some commentary as well. You may have also heard that the original South Park short "The Spirit of Xmas" was on the disc, according to a Trey and Matt radio appearence. Sadly, it's not on there. But there are Three Theatrical Trailers each one hilarious, you may watch some over and over. Hopefully Paramount will be adding a lot more stuff to their DVDs in the future.

 

A great movie like this deserves a lot more in the supplements section. Either way, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" is worth the money. You get a superior transfer and nice sound to go with it. As mentioned, if you hate the show, you may very well end up liking the movie.

 

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