South Park

Volume 3


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Details At A Glance

General
Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1997 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 114:39 minutes Other Extras Episode Introductions
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Selection then Menu
Region 2,3,4,5,6 Director Matt Stone
Trey Parker
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Cartman
Kyle
Stan
Kenny
Chef
Mr Garrison & Mr Hat
et al
Case Super Jewel
RRP $39.95 Music Isaac Hayes

 
Video
Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Dolby Digital 2.0
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Miscellaneous
Macrovision Yes Smoking No
Subtitles Dutch
French
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    This is a third compilation of South Park episodes from the first series of the show.

    The episodes contained on this compilation DVD are;

Transfer Quality

Video

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

    Overall, I felt that the quality of the transfer for these episodes was the best of the three that have been released to date. Image detail was good, and was reasonably sharp and clear. Shadow detail was passable and low level noise was non-existent.

    The colours were clean and clear throughout, with no colour bleeding apparent at all.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Video artefacts were not noticed.

    A specific DVD-ROM issue with this disc is that there is some information visible at the very top of the frame which shouldn't be visible - TV overscan eliminates this problem, but this may be an issue for some people as it is quite distracting.

Audio

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, and a French Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, though it is quite funny watching with the French soundtrack as well.

    Dialogue was always clear and reasonably easy to understand, within the limitations of each character.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The music was more sophisticated than that present in the previous two compilations, and was a combination of mono and stereo mixes.

    The surround channels were not used, though more use of left and right stereo signals was apparent, with music and dialogue having a far more spacious quality than in the previous two compilations.

    The .1 channel got called into play by my surround processor mainly during the end credits of each episode, but otherwise was silent.

Extras

    The extras are limited on this disc.

Menu

    The main menu is appropriately themed and easy to navigate. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

Episode Introductions

    Four of the episodes are introduced by Matt Stone & Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. All four introductions are Ranch-side chats. Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut has no introduction.

Trailer

    This is presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio and with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. This is the same trailer as found on the Volume 1 episode compilation.

R4 vs R1

    The Region 1 version of this disc has the Tom's Rhinoplasty episode on it instead of the Damien episode. On our version of these discs, the Tom's Rhinoplasty episode can be found on Volume 2 of the series.

    Also, the Region 1 version of this disc omits completely the Series 1 cliffhanger episode; Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut, which is present on this disc.

    The Region 4 version of this disc is clearly the one to go for in this case.

Summary

    South Park is crude but it is very funny. In fact, this compilation of episodes is the best so far.

    The video quality is acceptable, and is the best of the three Volumes released so far.

    The audio quality is acceptable, and is the best of the three Volumes released so far.

    The extras are amusing.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Michael Demtschyna
29th September 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 4:3 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer