South Park-Volume 15 (2001)

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Released 21-May-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Gallery-Images of front covers from other Series 4 DVD's
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
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
Nico Agnone
Adrien Beard
Opal Congdon
Keef Davidson
Jennifer Howell
Blue Girl
Eliza Schneider
Misha Ulrich
Milan Agnone
Pam Brady
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

    South Park-Volume 15 continues with episodes 14 to 17 of Series 4 of South Park. They are;

    Helen Keller, The Musical (Episode 414, 22:00).Thanksgiving day has arrived, and with it the 4th graders are faced with doing the traditional "Helen Keller" story. Butters discovers, however, that the "kindergarteners" are doing an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular with special effects, and Cartman (who is the writer/director/producer) goes to great lengths to not be outdone. Through collaboration with the other students, they change Helen Keller's' dog into a turkey to be more in tune with Thanksgiving, with Timmy choosing a "challenged" turkey instead of one with better physical and mental prowess. Fearing a failure, Cartman hires an ex-stage performer and an animal trainer with a trained turkey to save the show. Will the show be a success? Which turkey will be the victor? Who will sing in remembrance of Kenny?

    Fat Camp (Episode 415, 22:00). Cartman's friends and family send him to "Hopeful Hills Children's Weight Management Center" to help him lose weight. Whilst there he discovers that the low fat diet is not to his liking, and hatches a scheme to smuggle candy into the centre. The rest of the gang realise during a anatomy lesson that Kenny will eat anything for money, and go about promoting him to the world. Soon Kenny has his own pay-per-view channel, and goes on to do more and more disturbing things that eventually lead him to being arrested for sexual conduct with Howard Stern. Meanwhile, everyone is amazed at the new Cartman after his weight loss, although some people begin to suspect all is not as it seems.

    Wacky Molestation Adventure (Episode 416, 22:00). After being told that he can't go to the Raging Pussies Concert, Kyle gets fed up with his parents' rules and regulations. To solve the issue, Cartman talks him into telling the Police that his parents molested him which starts a chain of events that lead to all of the parents being put in jail. Whilst there, the parents must face up to the truth, and through counselling begin to come to terms with their molesting ways. With the town now without parents, the children face a new world where only the strongest can survive, and it falls to two unsuspecting "outworlders" to bring sanity back to this forgotten land.

    A Very Crappy Christmas (Episode 417, 22:00). Mr Hanky doesn't show up when expected and everyone in South Park seems to have lost the spirit of Christmas. Fearing what this means (no presents), the boys rally together to try and help the town by obtaining funding for their own animated Christmas special. Due to problems at home and the time required to take care of his children, Mr Hanky also begins to lose faith in himself. With time running out, the boys work diligently to get the animated film completed whilst Mr Hanky and his family work to clean up the drive-in theatre. Just when everything seems to be going right things take a turn for the worst and it is up to Mr Hanky's son Cornwallis to save the day.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This video transfer is of acceptable quality for the animation techniques used for South Park.

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

    The transfer is very clear and sharp. Colour is good with no observable bleeding. Blacks were presented well with no low level noise present..

    No MPEG artefacts were present, however as per usual dot crawl is observable in each episode.

Audio

    For a nominal Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack there is definitely some information in the surround channels, used mostly for ambient effects (so turn on Dolby Pro-Logic in your amp/receiver).

    There is only an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack on this DVD, which is what I listened to.

    Everything that is meant to be heard (and understood) is represented well with good clarity.

    The music transfers just seem to get better with each episode. The new theme song is now accompanying every episode and as before is in stereo with minor use of the surrounds.

    Use of the surround channels was subtle, providing ambient noise and support for the music. The subwoofer didn't seem to be used.

Extras

Gallery

This DVD contains images of covers from the other Series 4 DVDs.

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 good episodes from the series.

    The video is of good quality, in keeping with other recent South Park DVD's.

    The audio is also of good quality, although not as expansive in surround usage as previous releases.

    The extras are as good as non-existent.

    These episodes continue on with the return to clever storylines of previous South Park episodes whilst successfully treading the fine line between good and bad taste. A definite buy for South Park fans, although as always I question the re-playability factor.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Shane Lord (read my bio)
Sunday, August 12, 2001
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