South Park

Volume 8

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Details At A Glance

Category Comedy None
Year Released 1999
Running Time 109:55 minutes
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 Transparent Amaray
RRP $39.95 Music Adam Berry

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking No
Subtitles French
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    I'm not sure whether South Park is getting funnier, or whether I've been suffering from South Park withdrawal, but I found this compilation of episodes from Series 3 of South Park the funniest I have yet seen, as well as of the highest technical quality. Fans of South Park will need no encouragement to add this DVD to their collection. Non-fans could do worse than start with this DVD, which sees our grievously politically-incorrect third-graders at their foul-mouthed worst (or is that best?).

    The episodes contained on South Park-Volume 8 are the first five Episodes of Series 3;

    Rainforest Schmainforest (Episode 301, 21:59). Jennifer Aniston comes to South Park Primary School to recruit members for her 'Save The Rainforest' Getting Gay With Kids Choir. Stan, Cartman and Kyle are forced to join, whilst Kenny fancies a nose-picking girl in the choir and so needs no encouragement to join. The choir travels to Costa Rica to give a Save The Rainforest concert, but their attitude towards rainforests quickly turns around when they become trapped in one.

    Spontaneous Combustion (Episode 302, 21:59). The residents of South Park are spontaneously combusting at an alarming rate, and so the Mayor calls upon Stan's father, the only scientist in South Park, to come up with the answer. His answer - too many South Parkians are holding in their farts. South Park goes on a fart-fest, which has dire effects on the ozone layer.

    Succubus (Episode 303, 21:59). Chef has a new girlfriend who seems to have him under her spell. The boys are suspicious and conclude that his girlfriend is actually a Succubus - a woman sent from hell to suck the life out Chef. They set about saving him.

    Tweek vs Craig (Episode 304, 21:59). The boys argue about who is the tougher out of Tweek and Craig. To settle their argument, they trick Tweek and Craig into fighting. Meanwhile, Mr Adler, the shop class teacher, has trouble coming to terms with his past.

    Jakovasaurs (Episode 305, 21:59). In an absolutely hilarious dig at Star Wars, Cartman discovers some really annoying creatures, the Jakovasaurs. Everyone in town at first takes to these endangered creatures, until they realize just how annoying they actually are.

Transfer Quality


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

    The quality of the transfer is very pleasing indeed, and was much better than I was expecting, especially considering that nearly 110 minutes of Full Frame animation has been put onto a single layered DVD. The image is as sharp as can be expected for this sort of animation. Edges are certainly quite clear and well-defined. The only episode that was a tad soft-looking was Succubus. Even considering this, the image was beautifully sharp and clear and was a pleasure to watch, certainly superior to the broadcast versions of this series. There was no low level noise marring the image at any time.

    The colours were vibrant and clear. No colour bleed marred the image at any point, and all the large splotches of colour that make up the images of South Park were accurately, cleanly and vibrantly rendered.

    Some of the background colours exhibited some minor posterization, but this was all but unnoticeable at normal running speed and could only really be discerned when pausing the image. There was some trivial aliasing during Succubus, particularly on the priest's glasses, but this was not noted to be a problem anywhere else. Film artefacts were non-existent, with this being a very clean and clear image. There was one major video artefact at 11:24 in Rainforest Schmainforest, consisting of multi-coloured vertical lines for a single frame, but this was the only blemish on an otherwise exemplarily clean image. Of interest, this artefact did not appear when playing this DVD with PowerDVD.


    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, although the French soundtrack does make for amusing listening.

    Unlike previous episodes, dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, within the limitations of the characters' voices. Cartman's dialogue is hard to understand at times because of his voicing, and the less we say about Kenny's dialogue the better!

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The music is credited to various sources, with Adam Berry having the primary credit. The music is nicely presented in stereo and is of excellent fidelity and stereo presence compared to the monophonic dialogue track and compared to previous efforts.

    The surround channel was not used.

    The .1 channel was used nicely to support the music and added a welcome bottom end to these scenes. It was never intrusive.


    There are no extras on this disc.


R4 vs R1

    These episodes are not yet available in Region 1.


    South Park is crude but it is very very funny. This compilation of Episodes from Series 3 is the best yet, both comedically and technically, with far higher production values than previous episodes of South Park. This disc looks and sounds very very good indeed, considering the nature of South Park.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
5th December 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. Denon AVD-1000 DTS AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials and the NTSC DVD version of The Ultimate DVD Demo Disc.
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