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.
Cartman Gets an Anal Probe Volcano Weight Gain 4000 Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride
An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig Death Pinkeye Damien
Starvin' Marvin Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo Tom's Rhinoplasty Mecha-Streisand Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut Special Features
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