Plot: What’s it about?
If you’re a fan of South Park the TV series, then odds are you saw this last Summer (I missed it), and if you’re not a fan of the show, then you should stop reading right about here…South Park prides itself on seeing how foul, vulgar, demeaning, disgusting and offending they can be—that’s why so many people like it! The movie itself is basically a long episode, with nudity and foul (very foul) language added in which is how it got it’s “R” rating—that’s why so many people like it!
The plot is simple enough. Terrance and Phillip, those two Canadian teenagers who have a knack for farting, on and around everyone and everything have come out with a new movie. The movie is rated “R” (souding familar?) and teaches Cartman and the gang how to really swear! No more of that “fartmonger” and “codnocker” stuff we hear on the TV show, this goes right for the hard stuff! Of course, the kids love it and start swearing like sailors to anyone they see. Outraged at the way the kids are acting, Mrs. Borscholvsky (Kyle’s mom) starts a campaign to ban the movie, which eventually snowballs into the U.S. declaring war on Canada.
Throughout the entire movie, various celebrities are made fun of, we get to witness the Baldwin’s getting bombed by the Canadian Air Force and see the tattered ruins of the Arquette mansion as well. We get to see Winona Ryder perform a most, uh, ‘unusual’ trick (I won’t explain) and see Bill Gates shot in the head by an Army general. I almost forgot to mention that this movie also qualifies as a musical. From opening credits to the ending ones, characters spout off showtunes that had me rolling on the ground in hysteria! Cartman does a rendition of his “Kyle’s mom is a B#%&@” that is really clever and Satan (who is gay lovers with a midget version of Sadaam Hussein) sings a song that’ll make you cry!
South Park is not for everyone, that’s for sure, but if you’re the least bit curious as to what happened in this film, pick up a copy and check it out. You get all that you would by watching an episode, but hear the kids swear, learn even more about Cartman’s mom that you didn’t want to know and see what really happens to Kenny when he dies (and, of course… he does). Keep this away from the kids, though! It’s pretty vulgar.
Video: How does it look?
Paramount is on a streak that hopefully won’t end, they are 16:9’ing every new title that comes out. As an animated film, South Park looks fantastic. The colors are bright and Kenny’s orange coat literally jumps out at you. No artifacting whatsoever and everything is crystal clear so you can see all the vulgar sayings that show up throughout the film. A very nice transfer.
Audio: How does it sound?
Suprisingly good. There is a lot of sub-woofer effects in this. I went back and watched several of my favorite scenes and noticed that there is an inordinate amount of explosions. I love it! Pretty much every scene in Hell sounds awesome and the ending battle scene rivals some of the bigger budget action movies I’ve seen as well. Nice job here as well…
Supplements: What are the extras?
Unfortunately, South Park falls short in this department. With all the controversy surrounding this film, you know there were tons of deleted scenes and I want to see them all! We get two trailers and a teaser trailer (whoop-de-doo). Maybe they’ll come out with a Special Edition, but I doubt it. I’d love to hear Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s commentary, it would probably be as entertaining as the movie, but alas…