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South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season(TV) (2011)
South Park revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the titular Colorado town.
For more about South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season and the South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season Blu-ray release, see South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on March 20, 2012 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Director: Trey Parker
Writers: Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Bill Hader, Kristen Schaal
Starring: Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall, April Stewart, Mary Kay Bergman
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South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, March 20, 2012
Fifteen years or boundary-pushing irreverent humor, pitch-perfect satire, lovable characters, crazy situations, unbelievable events, and a whole lot of fans goes to show that smart television just never goes out of style. "South Park" long ago settled into its groove and never has the series lost track of what it is, what it does, who it does it for, and why it does it. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker somehow manage to keep the show not just moving, but growing. Sure this fifteenth season is more of the same, but it still manages to surprise and satisfy, playing along basically the same themes, striking the same chords, working off the same basic character traits. Yet the series remains relevant because it's made so quickly, almost in real-time as the world turns and new people and events become prime targets for the "South Park" commentary that's largely made the show such a success. Combine that timely commentary with its classic timelessness and wonderful characters and it's a recipe for success that's hopefully here to stay for another fifteen years of animated excellence.
Season Fifteen of "South Park" accomplishes what every other season of "South Park" has accomplished: it mixes great characters and both subtle and not-so-subtle culture commentary into one single great show, episode after episode. Sure some of them devolve into crude bodily function humor, but the show is well worth sitting through some of the lesser episodes in favor of the majority of superior shows that take aim at pretty much anything and everything. Chances are if it's been in the news or the talk of the water cooler, it's been on "South Park." Season fifteen serves up a unique spin on the royal wedding, Wikileaks, class warfare, Penn State, and even briefly mentions Tebow-mania, which shows that even for as cutting edge as the show may be, the world in which it exists spins so fast that sometimes even one of the newest episodes can become at least partially dated rather quickly. And it's not just straight old-fashioned ribbing. Only "South Park" could possibly make a classic episode by combining the frustrations of legalese, Apple mania, and The Human Centipede into one episode. But even if it's not always cutting edge -- it's just now getting around to working The Matrix into a storyline -- it works in older material seamlessly and in a way that pokes fun at something very relevant for its time, in this case mindless modern entertainment. This Blu-ray release comes fully uncensored; don't let the kids anywhere near the "Royal Pudding" episode. Yet for the poop jokes and curse words and all the other things that "South Park" does to offend, it remains at its core probably the finest and smartest political and popular culture satire of this, or any, era.
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South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season Blu-ray, Video Quality
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season's 1080p Blu-ray transfer pretty much reflects the same qualities of its predecessors. The series enjoys wonderful stability on Blu-ray in terms of both its colors and details. The image is always awash in bright, even colors. The yellow walls and green carpeting that make up Cartman's living room; the blue, red, orange, and green clothes the boys wear in pretty much every episode; and the various shades around town appear consistent and vibrant, never dull and never gaudy. Likewise, fine detail is as sturdy as the series' construction paper roots. Backgrounds reveal distinct textures, whether walls or Cartman's mother's hair. Lines are crisp, and even small background information -- text and television images seen in the background at a Hooters restaurant -- remains sharp and well-defined. Some intrusive banding appears fairly regularly throughout the season, and a few jagged edges are present. Otherwise, this is a nice-looking, stable image that will delight fans, even as a follow-up to the quality of the original HD broadcasts.
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season Blu-ray, Audio Quality
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season's masterful Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack often outshines its strong 1080p video counterpart. The show's theme music enjoys wonderful energy, fine clarity, strong bass, and great spacing. The season features a wide variety of in-show music, all of it playing with the exact same exacting qualities, whether the 70s-style spy must heard briefly in the crack baby episode and the strong bass coming from a Hip Hop beat that follows it or the various tunes (and their accompanying "sound effects") in the "getting old" episode. The low end does get a little rattly in that same "tween" episode, but that's the only instance of anything but excellent bass in the entire season. General sound effects enjoy superb clarity and perfect spacing, whether chants and reverberations or simple gunshots. Dialogue is smooth and accurate, whether the typical character voices, Kenny's muffled dialogue, or the edgier German dialect as heard in episode two. Every episode offers up a distinct and spectacular track. The season presents a wide range of samplings, pretty much all of them representative of Blu-ray excellence of the highest order.
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season contains all of its supplements on disc one of this two-disc set, save for the audio commentary tracks. The highlight is a lengthy "South Park" making-of Documentary.
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
It's hard to believe it's been almost thirteen years since the South Park movie came out and fifteen years since the show first aired. Watching the show's fifteenth season and comparing it to the movie and older episodes shows that even with the passage of time, the series has remained true to its roots and managed to improve rather than fall flat even this far into the future and existing in a world drastically removed from that of the late 1990s. It's all so finely-tuned, there's so much history with which to work, the characters so well fortified in who they are that no matter who or what falls under the show's crosshairs, it just fits like a comfortable old pair of boots that slip right on no matter the place or the time. Season fifteen, like most other seasons, might have a few shows that don't quite live up to the excellence of the rest, but this is another high-quality season that will leave fans more than satisfied. Paramount's Blu-ray release of South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season features high quality video and audio to go along with several good extras, including a must-see documentary. Highly recommended.
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