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South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season (Blu-ray Review)

1 Apr, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

South Park 12

Paramount/Comedy Central
Animated Comedy
$49.99 three-DVD set, $69.99 Blu-ray
Not rated.

Comedy Central’s first choice for a Blu-ray Disc release was a wise one: the 12th season of “South Park.” With 1080i widescreen treatment, the animated adventures of the boys from South Park Elementary School have never looked better.

Call “South Park” animation simple if you want, but the high-def picture on this release highlights amazing detail, sharp colors and “major boobage.”

Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone never steer from what makes “South Park” constantly great: No person, subject or current event is sacred or protected from their merciless vision.

The 12th season takes on the Hollywood writers strike, the Internet, YouTube, celebrity obsession and AIDS, usually during a half-homage, half-insult to American films.

Sure, Parker and Stone skewer Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for making Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but they also cast President Obama and John McCain as master thieves who used the election as a ruse to pull off a scheme worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

Cloverfield (with giant guinea pigs), Stand and Deliver (with Cartman as Edward James Olmos’ character … combover and all), and, best of all, Heavy Metal all find themselves lovingly mocked in the 12th season. You’ll also notice Twilight, High School Musical, Die Hard, Deliverance, An American Tail and more.

The extras, smartly placed across all three discs, include behind-the-scenes featurettes of the type that aren’t usually included with “South Park” on disc. My favorite is the glimpse at creating the Obama episode, which aired 24 hours after he was elected. Hearing the creators run through the process was both fun and educational.   

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