A new dvd edition of the fourth season of cult cartoon South Park. This has all seventeen episodes of the season spread over three discs.
It's exactly the same as the previous editions of this season. The only difference is the packaging which is now more compact.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, German, Spanish.
Subtitles: English, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, German, Spanish, Swedish.
The only extras are a short commentary on each episode from the two creators of the show. These commentaries don't run longer than five minutes maximum. But they're well worth a listen, being very funny and very eloquent and interesting. Although some may wish to be aware that they contain uncensored strong language.
As to the quality of the episodes here: the show became an instant hit in it's first year thanks to sheer novelty and shock value. But once that wore off in year two the quality of the writing rather lost it's way. However, once the writers slowly found what they could do with the show, it slowly picked up. And this season marks another stage of the steady improvement that followed year two. Whilst some of the episodes have ideas that don't quite work out, and some are stronger than others, there are very good moments indeed in thi year. Watch out for a two parter that does act as a sequel to the movie. And the episode 'Pip' which retells the story of Great Expectations. But adds Robot Monkeys into the final scene. The four main characters don't actually appear in this one, but if you can get past that and you know the novel, then it's great fun.
The christmas special 'a very crappy christmas' amusingly parodies the original short film that led to the first series of the show.
The opening episode introduces new character Timmy. A handicapped boy who says nothing other than his own name. A character who was an instant hit, and gets some great moments throughout the year.
A season that now comes over as being stronger than it did at the time, and has enough great moments to make it worth getting.