|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||109:18 minutes||Other Extras||None|
|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|
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;
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.
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.
The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;
The video quality is acceptable, though there are significant NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts.
The audio quality is acceptable.
There are no extras.
© Michael Demtschyna
(read my bio)
19th May 2000
|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|