|Category||Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||114:39 minutes||Other Extras||Episode Introductions|
|Start Up||Language Selection then Menu|
Mr Garrison & Mr Hat
|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||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The episodes contained on this compilation DVD are;
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.
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.
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.
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.
© Michael Demtschyna
29th September 1999
|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|