Plot: What’s it about?
Yes, those little kids from the town of South Park are still here. They haven’t gone the way of the dodo just yet, but their companions (other TV animated series that were all the rage and are now cancelled) have. Yep, I’m talking about Beavis and Butthead and Ren & Stimpy just to name a few. I can remember when South Park started, about five years ago, I had never seen anything like it. The characters are kids and consist of a group of four (though they have some "regular" characters that appear on most every show). Kyle, Stan, Kenny (who dies in some manner in every single episode) and Eric Cartman. These foul-mouthed little tykes have stirred up more controversy than you can shake a stick at and in this new DVD, four of the more, uh, compelling episodes have all been put on one disc. The title says it all, Insults to Injuries. Just when you thought South Park couldn’t get any lower, it does. Did I mention that it’s funny?
It Hits the Fan – Perhaps poking fun at how much dirty language they can get away with, this episode is an attack on the networks. A counter in the lower left hand corner of the screen keeps track of how many times the word "Shit" is uttered. Of course, it loses its shock value and even the people in the show start to realize this. This also triggers signs of the apocalypse and new meaning is given to "curse" words. I’m not sure if this ever actually aired on TV, as the show is syndicated on Comedy Central. They do say the word about 162 times, but this may or may not be exclusive to DVD.
Cripple Fight – As if it weren’t bad enough, Timmy (the boy confined to a wheelchair and can only say one word, which is his name "Timmy") has some new competition in the form of Billy. The boys have a rather unorthodox Scoutmaster in the form of Big Gay Al (who later gets fired because of his sexual orientation) only to be replaced by an even worse one. As is the cover of the box, the two cripples get into it…
Proper Condom Use – Perhaps the most "offensive", but funniest of the bunch. The kids are now in the 4th grade and an older boy has taught Cartman how to "stimulate" his dog. The boys go around doing it and it prompts them to be sexually educated. Mr. Mackey takes care of the boys side of things and Ms. Choksondik (yes, you read that correctly) tries to educate the girls. An all out war between the sexes ensues…
Scott Tenorman Must Die – Cartman, wanting so badly to grow up first, purchases some pubic hair from Scott Tenorman, an 8th grader. Seeing the error of his ways, he tries to return it and get his $10 back, only to be humiliated time after time. He (Cartman) devises a plan that is so foul, it scares the rest of the town into never getting on Cartman’s bad side again.
Video: How does it look?
As far as animation goes, South Park is pretty good-looking. The physical representation of it is crude, but it’s presented almost flawlessly here. Since these episodes are presented on TV, they are shown in their full-frame ratio of 1.33:1. Aside from the image being a bit skewed on my 16:9 monitor, the colors are bright, vivid and without any flaws to worry about. I find it hard to give anything that’s animated a high score, but damn it, these episodes do look pretty good. No real complaints here.
Audio: How does it sound?
Though what these kids say will make you laugh, South Park isn’t much on audio. Each of the episodes are presented in a Dolby Surround mix which more than accomodates the audio here. Most of the action is limited to the front three channels, with the majority being in the center channel alone. Dialogue is crisp and very clean and there’s really not a whole lot else to say here. It suffices and I wouldn’t expect much more than what is offered here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
A theatrical trailer is included.