South Park-Volume 12 (2000)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
Dee Dee Green
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||Dutch||Smoking||Yes, Kurt Loder in|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, In titles 1, 2 & 4 on this DVD|
This DVD contains the first five Episodes of Series 4; which are (amazingly) Episodes 1 to 5.
Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000 (Episode 401, 22:00). As a result of an argument over Cartman's rear end, Cartman is tried and sentenced under the new Hate Crimes Legislation, and sent to Juvenile Hall (after a very funny car chase scene). Here he is faced with coming to grips with life on the inside. The rest of the boys are left with a dilemma as they need Cartman's extra weight to win a sled race against the girls, so they try and get Cartman released. The sled race is run, Cartman makes a new friend and in the end we are all left with an interesting vision of Disneyland.
The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000 (Episode 402, 22:01). Cartman wakes up the morning after losing a baby tooth and finds 2 dollars under his pillow. He then hatches a scheme to get as much money out of the tooth fairy as possible so the group can get a Sega Dreamcast. After their discovery that the Tooth Fairy is not real, they move into new territory to earn the money and end up facing off against stiff competition.
Quintuplets 2000 (Episode 403, 22:00). After going to a performance of Cirque de Cheville, the boys end up helping the Romanian Quintuplets hide from the United States and Romanian Governments. As things start to heat up, Kenny goes to Romania to further his singing career, and we are faced with a stand-off between the two governments to get their citizens back.
Timmy! 2000 (Episode 404, 22:00). Timmy is diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and excused from doing any school work. The group work out that this is the best way to get out of school work and pretty soon the entire school is diagnosed with ADD and supplied medication. As the whole town starts to take the medication and become zombies, Timmy joins a heavy metal band as their lead singer and shoots to fame and fortune. Chef works out what is happening and goes on a crusade to save the town before everyone becomes Phil Collins fans.
Pip (Episode 405, 21:58). We are graced with the presence of Malcolm McDowell as "The British Person", who is our narrator of this South Park Classic telling of the story "Great Expectations". We see Pip as the main character in this story, supposedly giving us a view of his past as he falls in love with Estelle, becomes a gentleman, and helps to save the world from the wicked old woman who has tainted his love's spirit. Keep an eye out for the robotic monkeys.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 which seems to be how South Park was made. There is no 16x9 enhancement.
The sharpness of the transfer is quite good, although with fast movement there seems to be some loss of quality.
The entire colour range was shown well, with no observable bleeding .
I did not notice any MPEG artefacts, however there was a lot of dot crawl artefact present throughout every episode, with the worst examples being during the opening theme song. Interlacing was observable during the rolling credits of Pip, however I did not notice this during the actual presentation.
There is only an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack on this DVD, which is what I listened to.
As this is South Park, the voice acting is often a challenge to understand at first, however the soundtrack dialogue is clear and does not add to this challenge at all.
The music presented in these episodes varies in quality, with the opening theme song in collapsed low-fidelity 2 channel stereo, with all other music making great use of the surround channels.
There is quite a bit of information coming from the surrounds, especially with the music but also with ambient noise present such as cheering crowds in Quintuplets 2000 at the Cirque de Cheville, and birds tweeting & wind blowing in most outdoor scenes.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using Component output|
|Display||Loewe Xelos 5381ZW. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-835|
|Speakers||Energy eXL-16 left/right front speakers; Bose Video Monitor Centre speaker; Wharfedale SW-12 Subwoofer; Wharfedale Modus 2 left/right rear speakers|