South Park: The Complete Tenth Season (2006)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Paramount || NR - 308 minutes - $49.99 || August 21, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-08-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Matt Stone & Trey Parker (creators)
Cast: Matt Stone, Trey Parker


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Mini-Commentaries
  • Comedy Central Quickies


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Surround)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

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“South Park” is an offensive, vulgar and opportunistic crudely animated show that takes no prisoners going after everyone on all sides. And Science help me, it was pretty damn funny. I’m serial.

Season 10 of the popular Comedy Central series is actually my first exposure to the antics and rudeness (and lewdness) of Cartman, Kyle and Stan living in South Park, Colorado. What surprised me was Matt Stone and Trey Parker created a show that not only is as funny as hell, but satirical without being preachy, leaning one way politically or another and/or was condescending. Do they cross the line? Absolutely. However, it takes a lot to shake my sensibilities and become outraged.

This tenth season contains 14 episodes and I can honestly say that not one of them is bad. Of course, this is coming from a “South Park” newbie, but I thoroughly enjoyed every episode. What was also nice, and concerned me before sitting down to watch the entire season, was the fact I had not seen a single episode in the previous nine years. Much like “The Simpsons”, one can dive in at any given point and not be lost.

The season itself opens up with ‘The Return of Chef’ which Stone and Trevor used as a way to end Chef’s storyline after Isaac Hayes quit the show due to their mockery of Scientology (for which Hayes was a member). Stone and Trevor cleverly and hilariously use Hayes’s lines from previous episodes to build probably the best story of the season.

Here is the episode breakdown along with my personal favorites marked with an asterisk (*) of the 10th Season:

DISC 1:
1001 - The Return of Chef*
1002 - Smug Alert!
1003 - Cartoon Wars Part 1
1004 - Cartoon Wars Part 2
1005 - A Million Little Fibers

DISC 2:
1006 - Manbearpig*
1007 - TSST
1008 - Make Love, Not Warcraft*
1009 - Mystery of the Urinal Deuce
1010 - Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy

DISC 3:
1011 - Hell on Earth 2006
1012 - Go God Go
1013 - Go God Go XII
1014 - Stanley’s Cup*

Yes, the season finale is one of my favorites. Some just didn’t find it very funny but I love how they flipped the whole underdog sports team cliché having seen enough of those movies over the years.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The set itself is very sparse in the features department with mini-audio commentaries from Stone and Parker. They provide commentary for about 3 to 4 minutes of each episode summarizing bits of trivia and their own thoughts on the subject matter or coming up with the ideas (and giving insight into their displeasure with the “Family Guy” show).

There are also Comedy Central Quickies with shorts from some popular shows including “The Colbert Report”, “Mind of Mencia”, “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “South Park”.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The show is presented in full screen in all her glory. It’s crisp and clean with no noticeable flaws. Cartoon colors are bright and vibrant. It’s a new show for cripe’s sake, what do you expect?

The sound is also fine but after testing it on my surround sound system, I decided to go with my old reliable TV speakers for the majority of episodes since it’s only a Dolby Digital Stereo mix.



.::OVERALL::.

“South Park” certainly isn’t for everybody as it takes on both sides of the political aisle, controversial issues (Scientology, God, etc) and crosses a line that no one else dares cross. However, if you’re not overly sensitive to those things, you can sit back and just enjoy the show. Unlike most comedies (both animated and live), it isn’t one gag after another but brings to light the oddities of certain subjects.

The DVD itself is fine, though I would’ve loved to hear Stone and Parker record full commentaries but what they do say in the short amount of time is pretty informative (probably more so than in regular commentaries).