South Park-Volume 13 (2000)

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Released 21-May-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 88:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Trey Parker
Eric Stough
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Isaac Hayes
Blue Girl
Mona Marshall
Dee Dee Green
Bruce Howell
Tommy Chong
Cheech Marin
Jennifer Howell
Milan Agnone
Marcus Vaughn
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Adam Berry
Bruce Howell
Trey Parker


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Dutch Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This is another collection of episodes from Series 4 of South Park. Notably, one of the episodes (Cartman joins NAMBLA) on this DVD contains (for me) some of the most distasteful moments I have seen in the South Park series so far. If you can handle a lot of animated blood & vomit, with accompanying sound effects of these and other bodily functions in rapid succession, then you will certainly enjoy the first episode on this DVD. 

    This DVD contains episodes 6 to 9 of Series 4 of South Park.

    Cartman Joins NAMBLA (Episode 406, 22:00). Eric Cartman finds that his maturity level is higher than his friends and goes off looking for new, mature friends to hang out with. By searching on the Internet, he is pleased to find that there are many men that enjoy playing with 8 year old boys (although he of course has no true understanding of their thoughts on how to play). Kenny finds out that his parents want to have another child, and goes out of his way to stop it happening (which is where the blood and vomiting come into the storyline). Eric ends up getting most of the boys in South Park into an unpleasant situation, and we are finally given an explanation  (however improbable) as to how Kenny keeps being killed and then resurrected.

    Cherokee Hair Tampons (Episode 407, 22:00). Kyle has been diagnosed with kidney failure, and the only person that can save his life is Eric Cartman, who wants to charge 10 million dollars for the privilege. Meanwhile, the boys' schoolteacher, Mr. Garrison, faces up to the possibility that he may not be able to teach again and decides to focus his attention on something else. Kyle's mother (with the rest of the town) becomes hooked on holistic medicine (which is where the Native American Indian episode title comes from), and after a visit from Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin as the Native Americans, Kyle's only hope is for Stan to either convince Cartman to give up his kidney peacefully (and for free), or find another, more devious way.

    Chef Goes Nanners (Episode 408, 22:00). The town is faced with a dilemma that seems unsolvable when Chef fights to get the racist flag of South Park changed, even though some people believe that doing so will erase "history". The students are drawn into the fray when the substitute teacher uses it as the topic for their class debate, giving the Mayor an opportunity to hedge her decision on the outcome. Stan and Kyle head up the team that is debating not to change the flag and find it difficult to understand exactly what they are arguing about. In the meantime, the leaders of the team debating to change the flag, Cartman and Wendy, come face to face with sexual tension in the workplace.

    Something You Can Do With Your Finger (Episode 409, 22:00). Cartman sees what he believes is a vision from God, which is to start his own Boy Band with the hope of earning 10 million dollars. Unfortunately, every Boy Band must have 5 members, which leaves them one short. They finally get their fifth member (although not a "boy" you'd expect), and begin to practice for their first gig at the local mall. They look set to take over the world (or at least the position where the Sausage and Cheese wagon sits) until the expected happens... the sudden death of a band member. Who can fill the position and save Cartman's dream?

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Transfer Quality

Video

    As South Park is a very simplistic presentation of animation, this video transfer is of acceptable quality. The short non-animated (as in Real People™) mock advert at 13:51 in Cherokee Hair Tampons was slightly soft in tone, although the presentation was quite good overall.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The entire colour palette of South Park was presented well, with no observable colour bleeding. No low level noise was present in any darkened scenes.

    No MPEG artefacts were present, however the dot crawl problem that seems present on most South Park material was also found throughout every episode, with the worst examples being during the opening theme song.

Audio

    This soundtrack was adequate, and it has some surround information encoded, although overall it sounded much flatter than South Park Volume 12.

    There is only a single audio track on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 2.0, which is of course what I listened to.

    The voice acting in South Park is unique, with both Kenny and Cartman having distinct yet different representations of vocal clarity. Even though I cannot actually understand the words that Kenny speaks, the "noise" that he makes in combination with clever gesturing tells the tale well.  

    The quality of the music transfer in these episodes seems to be of a lesser standard than that of previous volumes, with the Theme Song being solely directed to the front centre channel, and not as much use of the surrounds for any of the other music.. A bad fade in/out of the music either side of a mock advert at 13:51 in Cherokee Hair Tampons seems deliberate, in order to make it come across as a real television advertisement (although we know better).

    Surround use also seemed far less prominent than previously and although it still exists at certain moments, you would often be hard-pressed to notice. The subwoofer seemed to sleep through the whole DVD.

Extras

    For those that want to know, you get pictures of the other DVDs that comprise the Series 4 DVD set. In reality, this DVD is Extra Free.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This DVD does not seem to be available yet in Region 1.

Summary

    This volume of South Park contains some of the most distasteful scenes I have experienced so far from the series, with some of the fewest laughs.

    The video is acceptable and seems to be of the same quality as other recent South Park DVDs.

    The audio is good, although seemingly lacking in comparison to Volume 12 before it.

    No extras of any merit grace this DVD, although this is no different to any other recent volume.

    If you are a South Park fan then this DVD does what it is supposed to, and that is to present these episodes the best way possible. Enjoy.

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© Shane Lord (read my bio)
Saturday, July 14, 2001
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