South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

When Stan Marsh and his friends go see an R-rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.

July 2, 2024 7 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

I can still remember the summer of ’99 returning from summer camp and trying to see the South Park movie with a friend. My mother was lenient on what I could watch and in those days the theaters seemed to only need an OK from the parents that you could see an R-rated movie without them. Or so it seemed… after some drama, a theater employee encouraged the other one to simply let us go and that was that. This very thing happens in the film, but the boys convince a homeless person to act as their guardian in exchange for $20. I was a fan of this show since its debut in ’97, so seeing it on the big screen, in an R-rated, uncut form was something I couldn’t wait to experience. This review marks my first viewing of the film in over 15 years at least. It was nice to revisit it, even though the show itself has greatly improved since this film debuted back in ‘99. I admit I don’t watch South Park anymore, but the show pretty much can continue if creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone want it to. That’s the beauty of a show like this that revels in satire. There will always be something of topic to satirize.
Admittedly, the initial shock value of the film has worn off quite a bit in the last 25 years since its release. That isn’t to say the film is any less funny, it’s simply we’ve become so accustomed now to such vulgarity and countless R-Rated endeavors that this feels very much something we’ve seen so many times. Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman are excited to see the new Terrance and Philip movie. That excitement goes away, however, when they’re told they can’t see the film alone as they need to be accompanied by an adult. After they encourage a homeless person to be their pretend guardian, they see it, and love it. The trouble arises when they start cursing like sailors at school and around their parents and friends. Kyle’s mother, Shelia convinces the other parents to boycott the film and put the blame purely on Canada. War eventually ensues, and it’s up to our four boys to try and prevent an apocalypse.
Most of us know now that the film has many musical numbers. This eats up a lot of time, and one can feel the creators almost trying to use this to reach feature-length. Some of the numbers are quite amusing, but they did get tiresome after a while. As an early teenager when I first viewed the film, my friend and I couldn’t stop laughing. 25 years later, I still enjoyed it overall even if it didn’t have the same effect on me all these years later. It’s very much more reflective of the show in its infancy than the things that would come in later seasons. I felt the series would only get better as it went along, that is until I simply didn’t watch it anymore. I won’t list the countless familiar faces you’ll see in the film because it would be redundant and because I simply don’t want to. Kidding aside, if you’re reading this review, I highly doubt you need me to fill you in on some South Park trivia or not. I enjoyed this enough still to find it mostly amusing, but the novelty has worn off a little.

Video: How’s it look?

This is a hard one to classify. On one hand it’s animation, which always tends to look better on any disc format. Given that this movie has appeared on DVD, Blu-ray and now 4K it’s certainly the best the movie has ever looked. This simplistic style of animation along with technology (read: Dolby Vision) has given the film a bit of new life. It’s not picture-perfect, a few of the scenes to appear a bit “dirty”, but it’s an upgrade from the 2009 Blu-ray and the best the film has ever looked.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The Dolby TrueHD track is also effective and don’t kid yourself – these little brats can belt out the showtunes like nobody’s business. The vocals were nice, the music had the impact I feel it should’ve had and it kept me engaged. At no time would this be a demo worthy disc, but the results were as I expected. Things are spread evenly and there was the expected clarity as well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Audio Commentary – Trey Parker and Matt Stone give us an informative and engaging commentary that viewers should give a listen to. Given this movie went in a totally wrong direction, it’s a surprise that they decided to make Team America: World Police. However, they’re pretty matter-of-fact about things and it does make for a good listen.
  • Music Video – “What Would Brian Boitano Do”
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Bottom Line

A quarter of a century after its debut, Bigger, Longer & Uncut has lost a little bit of its luster. It shows what the film better reflected in its early years. That isn’t a terrible thing, but I appreciated what the show would become in later seasons more. Fans of the film will certainly enjoy the improved picture, though the lack of any “real” supplements (aside from the commentary) and no one ones does make this one a hard sell.

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