South Park

Volume 4

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Details At A Glance

Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1998 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 109:18 minutes Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Selection then Menu
Region 2,3,4,5,6 Director Matt Stone
Trey Parker

Warner Vision
Starring Cartman
Mr Garrison & Mr Hat
et al
Case Super Jewel
RRP $39.95 Music Adam Berry

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
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles French
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    I'd say that most anyone who is reading this review doesn't need an introduction to what South Park is all about. However, for those of you that really don't know, South Park follows the lives of the inhabitants of South Park, and more specifically of four of its foul-mouthed third-grade citizens; Cartman ("I'm not fat, I'm big-boned"), Kyle, Stan and Kenny ("mpff hmff"). The comedy is crude, the animation is crude, the stories are foul (in one episode, fowl), but it sure is funny.

    This is the first compilation of South Park episodes from the second series of the show, grouped together as Volume 4.

    The episodes contained on this compilation DVD are;

    It is worth pointing out that each episode except for the last one abruptly ends after the Executive Producer credit. The last episode continues on and displays the Braniff Airlines and the Comedy Central logos.

Transfer Quality


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

    The quality of the transfer is acceptable for an NTSC to PAL video conversion, which is what this programme material clearly is. The image is acceptably sharp and clear without being remarkably so. Shadow detail is as the animators intended it to be. There was no low level noise.

    The colours were crisp, clear and clean throughout, with no evidence of colour bleeding whatsoever.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Video artefacts consisted of a number of NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts, which manifested themselves as moving dots on sharp, mainly horizontal lines. This is a rarely seen artefact, and one we have only ever noted once previously, in the similarly NTSC to PAL converted Gloria Estefan-The EVOLUTION Tour-Live In Miami. This artefact was not present in the previous series of South Park DVDs. This appears to be an artefact that is generated by the NTSC to PAL converter dithering a single NTSC line between two PAL lines. This was a relatively minor artefact, but one which became progressively more bothersome the more I noticed it, and it is actually quite frequently present. Considering the sharply delineated nature of traditional animation, such as South Park more-or-less is, there are many occasions presented for this artefact to manifest itself. Conversely, an artefact that was problematic for the previous series of South Park DVDs, extraneous information at the very top of the frame, is not a problem for this DVD.


    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 a little difficult to make out at times, but this was more a fault of the diction of the characters rather than any fault of the mix.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The music was all in stereo, and generally slicker and more sophisticated than that of previous South Park episodes.

    The surround channels were not used.

    The .1 channel got very little use indeed other than the occasional thump.


    There are no extras on this disc.


    The main menu is appropriately themed but awkward to navigate as the menu highlight is not easy to see.

R4 vs R1

    The Region 1 version of this disc has the Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut episode on it instead of the Conjoined Fetus Lady episode. On our versions of these DVDs, the Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut episode can be found on Volume 3 of the series.

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;

    NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts and missing episode introductions? I'd have to say that the Region 1 NTSC version of this DVD is probably the better way to go.


    South Park is crude but it is very funny.

    The video quality is acceptable, though there are significant NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts.

    The audio quality is acceptable.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
19th May 2000

Review Equipment
DVD Loewe Xemix 5006DD, using RGB output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 4:3 mode, via the RGB 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; Hsu Research TN-1220HO Subwoofer