Here in one box set, spread over three dvds, are all fourteen episodes of the fifteenth season of cult tv cartoon show South Park.
Languages and subtitles are as follows:
Languages: English, German.
Subtitles: English, Dutch, German.
This is an odd season because whilst there aren't any poor episodes some of them just don't have that certain spark. Some of them, however, really do hit the spot.
'Humancentipad' is a parody of horror movie the human centipede, when not paying attention to the small print in an itunes contract leaves Kyle as part of a horrifying experiment. It's a solid season opener. Which raises a good few smiles. But not many laugh out loud moments. With the expection of the final few seconds.
'Funnybot' sees Jimmy insult German's sense of humour. And the nation retaliates by building a robot who becomes the ultimate comedian. Another one that will raise smiles but not split your sides. And jokes about Tyler Perry will fall flat if you're not familiar with his work.
'Royal pudding' sees a royal wedding in canada disrupted when the bride is kidnapped. Ike joins in the hunt to find her. Whilst Mister Mackey's kindergarten plays runs into problems. Also fun but not desperately funny, although one moment late on that brings it all together is pretty good.
'T.M.I' sees comparisons of male anatomy land several of the characters in anger management. And will also make you smile if not laugh out loud.
'Crack baby athletic association' has Cartman running a league of crack addicted baby athletes. This is a step up in laugh out loud moments from the previous four episodes although it may help to have some knowledge of american sports.
The season then does hit the mark with 'City Sushi' an episode where the four main characters don't feature. But it's a great one for Butters as he get mistakenly diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, while rivalry between the City Wok guy and the owner of a Japanese restaurant gets out of hand. This is a very funny episode with some very clever plotting.
'You're getting old' sees Stan become ten. And turn old and cynical. Worth it for a parody of movie trailers which is one of the funniest things the show has ever done. And some brave writing.
'Ass burgers' continues the story on from the end of you're getting old. And takes a long time to get going. But it does throw in a good movie parody and a clever ending, although it's back to the first four episodes of the season in terms of humour.
'The last of the Meheecans' is a Butters v Cartman episode as the former accidentally becomes a hero to an entire nation. Fun but not laugh out loud funny.
'Bass to mouth' brings back gerbil Lemmiwinks as he's the only hope to stop evil gossip mongering rodent Lemmiwinks. Whilst the school staff need Cartman to do something for them. Not a classic but a very funny episode.
'Broadway Bro down' is centred on Randy Marsh and the four main characters once again barely feature. As Randy's discovery of the hidden subtext in Broadway musicals leads to him wanting to get in on the act. Despite some good music and a nice little subplot involving Stan's sister, it's only fitfully funny.
But then the season finishes with a strong run of three:
'1%' throwing in school fitness, occupy protests and Cartman's stuffed animals being murdered, this balances three plotlines very well and makes you laugh a lot.
'A history channel thanksgiving' parodies sensationalist history documentaries and a recent superhero movie and is a lot of fun.
'The poor kid' sees Kenny and his siblings taken into an unusual foster home when his parents are arrested as a part of a reality tv show, and Cartman goes off rhe rails without Kenny around to pick on. Very funny with some great parody tv and a memorable ending, it's a great finish to the season. Although it does make constant references to a scandal at an american university that didn't make the news in this country, so you may want to google it to find out what they're on about.
On disc one you will find some extras:
'Six days to air: the making of South Park.' A forty minute long documentary that shows how the first episode of the season was put together, following it through all the stages of production. This is comprehensive, involving, and fascinating, and well worth a look.
A similiar feature about the episode City Sushi just has a few highlights from the production and doesn't last more than a few minutes.
There are also seven deleted scenes, from episodes spread throughout the season. They have to be watched all in a row, and last for four minutes in total when you do this. Some are unfinished animation and thus some moments are storyboards instead. They're all quite decent scenes and one from a history channel thanksgiving is a useful bit of exposition that explains something that wasn't clear in the final cut.
As ever each episode has a short commentary from the creators of the show. These never last longer than five minutes, and are often funny and informative. Some of the ones on the early episodes, like the episodes themselves, don't quite spark, but some of the later ones are interesting and fun.
On the basis of this season South Park may be getting old, and it may not be the most perfect season ever, but there's clearly life left in it yet.