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South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season(TV) (2012)
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For more about South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season and the South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu-ray release, see the South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on September 12, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall
Director: Trey Parker
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South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu-ray Review
What better way to head on down to South Park than on Blu-ray?
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, September 12, 2013
Toilet time is the last bastion of American freedom.
South Park is the only show on television that can get away with doing the same thing episode after episode and still feel fresh. Sure the story specifics change from week to week -- sometimes literally "as the world turns" -- but at its core the program remains about the world as seen through the eyes of a handful of Colorado mountain town boys. Through that perspective, series Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker poke fun at popular culture and politics, often meshing the two with crude humor and bad language to incredibly intelligent result. It's TV's only program that can be so smart even when it's so foul, so enticing even when it sinks to the level of shameless toilet humor, so watchable even when it becomes about as revolting as a cartoon can be. Indeed, never has a program so seemingly devoid of morals and standards or even any sort of artistic value -- physical or emotional -- so intelligently captured the true essence of the modern world in a way that's accessible, relevant, smart, and timeless all in a single 22-minute episode, episode after episode, year after year, and soon, decade after decade.
Season sixteen doesn't stray from series norm. This is South Park at its biting best, a hodgepodge of the satirical, the lyrical, and the unbelievable. The show once again shows no boundaries, daring to take on anyone and anything so long as the end result is both humorous and, usually, in some way socially relevant. The season literally blends cutting social commentary with toilet humor in "Reverse Cowgirl." It pokes fun at social responsibility and the balance with making money in the Bully-influenced "Butterballs." It derides the loss of mainlines and the rise of political correctness embodied in the "wussification" of football and sports in "Sarcastaball." It examines the fine line between valid concern and conspiratorial obsession in "Insecurity," and it even has some fun with the 2012 Presidential election in "Faith Hilling" and "Obama Wins!" What makes these -- and almost all -- of the episodes so spectacular is that they really do explore the essence of the issue and not simply mock or mimic its superficial qualities, which is what sets South Park apart from the ridiculously vapid Parody films of the past decade. It's not enough to simply acknowledge a cultural flaw, characteristic, or trend; entertainment must actually poke fun at it in some context that exposes it for what it is. That's where South Park shines, and here's hoping Matt and Trey never lose their touch, because nothing comes close to their show's ability to so creatively and entertainingly critique the world in which South Park exists.
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South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu-ray, Video Quality
South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season looks pretty much like all the other seasons on Blu-ray. Considering the show isn't one to visually evolve all that much over the years, that's not a surprise. As a rule, the transfer delivers brilliant, albeit basic, colors. Reds, greens, yellows, and blues absolutely sparkle. The image is also very crisp and well defined, despite a handful of very infrequent jagged edges. Largely, lines are clear and even, and the transfer picks up all of the nuanced textures that give it that construction paper feel, particularly seen across walls and clothes. Light banding appears in a few shots, but never to any sort of severely distracting level. There are some live action shots in a lengthy stretch of "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" that shows young adult human version of the boys on a boat. The image, here, isn't particularly brilliant. It's midlevel HD video, lacking the superior crispness, definition, and color seen on better transfers. Overall, however, the animation is what really matters, and aside from a few brief bugaboos, it looks fantastic.
South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Much like the video, South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season's Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless audio remains, more or less, the same basic experience from all of the other Blu-ray releases. The opening music enjoys superb stage presence, with wide fronts, smooth surround support, and deep bass. The season is full of some unique sound effects, including light ambience and aggressive action elements alike. Everything from pleasing and lightly immersive elevator music heard in "Cash for Gold" and some fine ghostly dialogue reverberation at the end of "Reverse Cowgirl" come through very well. General music and dialogue both pay smoothly and effortlessly from a wide front for the former and a focus in the middle for the latter. There's nothing remarkable or memorable here, but every element comes through evenly and accurately in every episode.
South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season contains deleted scenes on disc one and mini commentary tracks on each episode.
South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
It's more of the same, but that's exactly as it should be. South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season delivers hearty laughs and endless social and political commentary disguised as, literally in one episode, toilet humor. Only Matt Stone and Trey Parker's show could so expertly ravage the nanny state, the sad state of professional football, Internet memes, the decline of the video rental store, and the rise of foreign influence in even the most trivial matters with such precision. It's as deliciously entertaining as it is timely and timeless both. Sure it's not for the kids, but adults who can compartmentalize the crudeness and appreciate the high level of intelligence and sophistication underneath will be hard-pressed to find a better social commentary anywhere in media. Paramount/Comedy Central's Blu-ray release of South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season features high end video and audio. Supplements are average for a South Park release. Very highly recommended.
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