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South Park (S1)
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Oct 8, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
South Park (S1) order
Director:
Trey Parker

Actors:
Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Isaac Hayes

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The complete first season of the Comedy Central TV Show which aired in 1997-98 to the great dismay of moms everywhere. It follows the adventures of four boys in the most deranged town in the world... South Park, Colorado.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It's difficult to know what to make of all this: bad animation, irritating characters, flat-out vulgarity, repetitive jokes and more horror.... but it's not all bad. You also get pinkeye epidemics, fire coming out of asses, gay dogs, the Devil, alien abductions, a cafeteria chef who sings erotic songs while dispensing advice, an ambiguously gay puppet-toting schoolteacher and more weird and kooky folk that are always good for a laugh. Whatever you may think about South Park and whether you like it or not, there's no denying its originality and daring approach to humor. The show is genuinely funny and the characters, as idiotic as they may be, make for some head-shaking chuckles. But as with most other shows that first appear as "cutting edge" and display some effective shock value, it dates very easily and the shows I saw on this compilation aren't half as funny now as they were then.

There's also a real disadvantage to having them bunched together and that is the temptation to watch two or three in a row. So many of the jokes here are recurring such as Kenny's weekly deaths or Chef's (Isaac Hayes) sexual prowess, Kyle's game of "kicking the baby" or Stan's constant puking at the sight of the cute girl in his class that the level of laughter is in inverse proportion to the number of episodes you watch. What that means is that you eventually get pretty straight-faced watching this stuff, especially five years later when the barriers they broke then are already so far behind. Overall though, the show does keep some of its charm and comes through when you have only half an hour to crack a smile after work or something like that, but it's definitely better when served in small doses.

EPISODE LIST

DISC ONE

Cartman Gets an Anal Probe Volcano Weight Gain 4000 Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride

DISC TWO

An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig Death Pinkeye Damien

DISC THREE

Starvin' Marvin Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo Tom's Rhinoplasty Mecha-Streisand Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut Special Features
THE EXTRAS
What a kick in the balls that was... and I don't mean the good kind of kick in the balls, the ones given to you by hefty leather-clad German lasses. I'm talking about the bad kind... the kind you feel when you're expecting G.I. Joes for Christmas and end up getting socks. Basically what I'm trying to say is that the offerings on this set are so disappointing they'll make you yearn for the good old days of VHS when you always got what you expected: a movie.

There's a grand total of 8 minutes worth of extras on this 3-disc set. 8 MINUTES!!! For crying out loud! I'd rather they not insult us and not put any at all. Oh well... make my job a hell of a lot quicker I guess... too bad it also makes it boring! Let's get this over with.

Two of the features are music videos. The first one is Cartman singing "O Holy Night" and the second is Ned, the dude with the voice-box singing "O Little Town of Bethlehem". Neither is anything special... it's basically the two characters singing the songs. Other than that, you get a brief clip of the kids telling Jay Leno off about the size of his chin and another little featurette of the boys presenting James Lipton's hilarious show "Inside the Actor's Studio" with a 1997 Cable Ace award.

The box also says some original TV promos are included but that's a load of crock. You basically get four 30-second South Park promos, followed by about 9 hours of promos for other Comedy Central shows...hey guys, if I want to watch commercial, I'll skip spending my dough on your DVD's!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: A few days after writing this review, I received an additional 5 discs direct from Comedy Central, and more specifically, Matt Stone and Trey Parker themselves, who apparently weren't "allowed" to add their commentary track to their own first season DVD set. Here's what is says on the back cover of their COMPLETE FIRST SEASON EPISODE COMMENTARY (sold separately): "This is our audio commentary for the first thirteen episodes of the international comedy super-hit South Park. Warner Brothers would not release it on the DVD without editing some of its content for "standards" issues. Trey and I simply love the sounds of our own voices too much to let this happen. We also believe in a little thang called the First Amendment. After you hear it, you may wonder, "What was the big deal about anyway?" Good question. And one better directed at Warner Brothers than at a TV screen. So let them know what you think. Trey and I did. And enjoy our first ever sober audio commentary." -- Matt Stone, Kabul 2002
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Reserved for hardcore fans only, this set contains thirteen episodes of an aging show packaged in one of the most skeletal box sets in the brief history of the DVD. I wouldn't recommend it myself but hey...any show that makes fun of that moron Barbra Streisand...can't be all bad.
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