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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut [DVD] [1999]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
As a South Park fanatic, I've been eargerly awaiting the UK release of this great film, however this looks unlikely for the time being. I'm reviewing the Blu-ray other than the film itself.

I'll start off by adding, this release is region free and can be played on Region B Blu-ray players.

Subtitles include: English, French and Spanish.

Ultimately, it is presented in English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD

Some people elsewhere on forums have speculated whether or not the release comes with a slip-case, mine however did not, but it's subjective as to which seller you purchase this from I gather.

At first I was slightly skeptical on how South Park would fare on Blu-ray. However, the picture and sound quality is most certainly a grand improvement from the DVD, and is well worth the investment (under £10) and has very few albeit brilliant special features. These being, several trailers (TV spots, teasers etc), the "What would Brian Boitano do?" music video and an audio commentary with Matt and Trey themselves (which was recorded in 2009, specifically for this release I imagine) spanning the whole length of the film (as opposed to the five-minute commentaries on the season releases). The audio commentary, whilst fascinating and enlightening is slightly disappointing as the duo behind the brilliance seem to have forgotten working on the film and often bring crew members in to help refresh their memory, plus another gripe being Matt Stone having the incentive to constantly add "like" to after every other word that interjects from his mouth.

On a final note, I'm going to warn buyers about purchasing the 2013 re-release of this product (most efficently, if you're planning on paying more for it), as to my disbelief I recieved the 2009 release as opposed to so the latest re-release.

In essense it's a very worthy release and is a must for any South Park fans out there. Please note, don't expect groundbreaking special effects and all that jazz. It's delightfully ruthlessly in-your-face crude, juvenile, political, outlandish and sheerly obscene. It's South Park in High-Definition.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut cannot be recommended enough!
For our four little heroes, politcal correctness simply has no place in their little part of Colorado.
After worming their way into an R-rated Canadian film of their very own hereos Terrance and Phillip (they blackmailed a tramp to act as their Guardian). The boys little minds appear to have been warped with endlesss swearing and disrespect. So what do the lads' parents decide to do? - well Kyle's mother really - they declare WAR on Canada! Well it's not a real country anyway! (the film will confirm) Terrance and Phillip are soon arrested after being tricked by Conan O'Brien when they appear on his show to promote and defend their film. The story then shifts to HELL, where Satan and Saddam Hussain plot to use Terrance and Phillip's plight, to take over the world. (Saddam was killed by a pack of Wild-Boars) The story concludes brilliantly via a purely selfish sacrifice.
Look out for 'The Mole' a French freedom-fighter who hates being grounded; Cartman's updated big-band remix of "Kyle's Mom's a bitch!" in D-minor; Saddam's endless lust for Satan and Big Gay Al's 'super' return.
This Cartoon Musical will be tough to beat. The songs are outstanding! Stephen Sondheim has been quoted as declaring it the best musical in years! Buy-it folks M'kay!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2007
As far as i'm concerned this movie doesn't put a single foot wrong. The dialogue is as sharp as ever, the songs are near perfect and to top all this they actually had a brilliant storyline, unlike another popular cartoon show recently put on the big screen. I would rate this film among my top twenty favourite movies, the kind of thing you can come back to again and again and again.......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I read someone's comment towards this movie after they rated it with just 1 star (this person was anonymous). It is perfectly fine to rate with as many stars as you wish, as that is what this service is for. But you cannot be hypocritical in saying you used to like South Park before this movie! I'm sorry but i do not think it is possible to like south park and then hate it after seeing the movie. The movie is as south park as the episodes but better, with a storyline that all south-park lovers have enjoyed - so, either you've clearly never liked south park. or you're saddam hussein relative!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2003
For each television series of South Park that passes year after year, it would seem to be getting more and more surreal, downright bizarre and occasionally so puerile you would imagine that the creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker could sink no lower. Somehow, they do. However the sentiments of this 1999 film is not only as different as it's possible to get from its TV equivalent, it also displays all the traits of an all-time classic musical. The songs performed are nothing short of wonderful and would delight lovers – and haters - of musicals alike.
Let's be totally honest: it is also one of the rudest films of all time, introducing the world to a whole new lexicon of swearing, insults and crude, colourful language. It is, naturally, very, very funny.
But it is not just the swearing and trademark makeshift animation that escalates this film to cult status. The plot is nothing short of magnificent (and, writing in 2003, eerily prophetic). Without giving too much away, the four lads in the film (Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan) sneak into a cinema to watch a smutty film starring two Canadian comedians, Terrance and Philip. The effect it has on their behaviour sends their parents up in arms, and a full-scale war with Canada develops. Satan and a dead Saddam Hussein feature, the latter having been killed by a pack of wild boars.
Not only was 'South Park' as controversial as it got a few years back, the furore surrounding this film at the time perfectly mirrored its plot within. Such is the cunning and near-genius of Parker and Stone. But it is not just a juvenile cuss-fest - its anti-war, anti-censorship, pro-family message, as well as its shrewd political commentary about race relations and the American military, makes it absolutely exemplary. It is a liberal's dream, a bigot's worst nightmare and, although it may not be one of modern cinema's crowning achievements, it sure feels like it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2011
It's been twelve years since this movie came out and before rewatching it recently I didn't expect it to be quite as good as I remembered. I was wrong. "South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut" is as good today as when it was first released. The satire is spot-on and the songs are both hilarious and well composed ("Blame Canada" was nominated for an Oscar).

This movie is South Park at its very best -- perhaps even perfection. It's one of the funniest movies ever made. If you haven't seen this movie yet - don't wait any longer. If you've already seen it, watch it again! I've already watched it once more since rediscovering it a few weeks ago. It's a movie you can watch over and over again.
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People have argued that, after 16 seasons, South Park isn't as fresh as it once was. Its creators/writers (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) are self-confessed `Python fans' and many of the early seasons were made in the a similar vain. As the seasons progressed, it moved away from simple wackiness and into `causes' and `celeb-bashing' (the wackiness remained, but seemed to take a back seat). This lost a certain amount of viewers, leaving only the die hard fans remaining (not that that must have particularly worried Trey and Matt, as South Park has a LOT of die hard fans left out there).

But, if you really haven't seen South Park and are wondering what all the fuss is about, then its movie incarnation is as good a place as any to start.

Don't be fooled by the crude animation. You've probably heard that South Park is simply smut and crudeness. And it is. And yet it's so much more as well. The wonder of South Park is that it's an adult world seen through the eyes of a child (or four children, to be precise). They are forced to navigate a pretty weird and frightening world with only the guidance of a sex-obsessed chef and a school teacher with split personality issues. The four boys sneak in to see an X-rated Canadian movie which teaches themselves all sorts of naughty words. This, in turn, leads to America declaring war on Canada.

Yes, it's pretty wacky, but there are plenty of cultural references and takes on modern life thrown in there among the smut and depravity.

If you want to want South Park, you need an open mind and shouldn't be easily offended. It's not an `adult' cartoon for no reason. However, if you're looking for something that is - secretly - intelligent and mad in the best sort of way, then you can do worse than spending an hour and a half watching Satan and Saddam Hussain battle it out with the residents of a small mountain town in Middle America.
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on 22 October 2011
The basic plot- kids go to x rated movie, get corrupted, come back swearing a lot, their parents decide to declare war on Canada in revenge.
Sub plot- Satan sits in Hell awaiting the day he can return to Earth while his lover Saddam Hussein treats him with contempt.

Ok so far? Make sense? Good. Then I'll continue.A satire which is so sharp, so devastatingly on target- and there are a LOT of targets- is so hard to find. This succeeds by being phenomenally well written,and quite hysterically laugh out loud funny. It mercilessly dismantles every single thing in its wake with wit, verve and occasionally even subtlety.(admittedly buried in a welter of filth, mind) Nothing is safe. Overbearing parents, racism, bigotry, the tendancy to go to war on a pretext, censorship, hysteria, fake moral outrage, everything is fair game, and everything is atomised in the name of good old fashioned sweary entertainment.
Under the slapstick, the insults, the inventive swearing is several serious points. This isn't just a parody, not just comedy, its really well written satire.That's why the film stands up the way it does, because it is so much more than a series of set up situations with a punchline. It is Parker and Stone at the absolute peak of their powers. I just wish I could quote things that made me laugh. I can't though, I just really can't. If you were offended by this, you were meant to be. For the rest of us, it is a brilliant, brilliant movie.Rarely if ever do movies kick over the statues in the way this one does, and make you helpless with laughter whilst doing so.(And I didn't even mention the songs..... just fantastic.
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on 30 August 2010
Even though when I purchased this movie I have been a short term fan, this was an obvious choice for me after enjoying the series. After watching Passion of the Jew and Imaginationland I can say that the movie is not as interesting as the Passion of the Jew episodes and it's nowhere near as creative as Imaginationland. That however does not stop it from being an enjoyable movie with some really good moments.
Only South Park could make a movie like this with masses of swearing, very strange occurrences like a fight-off between good and evil - Jesus Vs Satan and a lot of cartoon violence. If you have that kind of somewhat warped sense of humour then you will enjoy this movie. It may in the words of Cartman warp your fragile little mind, but it has some great laughs and things you wouldn't expect to see on anything else. The creators have tried so many crazy things and tried to get away with a lot for this movie that they couldn't do with the series so be prepared. The movie acts as a musical in a strange disguise with songs that seem to parody what most musicals would say. Some of the songs are memorable and then some of them are just poor but they get away with it anyway. There are reccuring themes in the movie which occur in the series like Eric's `Kyle's mums a b*tch' song and the midget reporter.

The main plot of the movie is about the boys going to watch a Terrence and Phillip movie, who are a Canadian comedy duo. Kyle's mother is so outraged by how the boys have been influenced by this movie that she starts an organisation against the duo. There is even a shot at Bryan Adams when Kyle's mother is talking to a Canadian representative. This ultimately leads to war on Canada (of course!) and the attempted killing of Terrence and Phillip. Meanwhile underground Satan and Sudam Hussein are plotting to take over the universe if the men get killed. So it's up to the boys to save the day!
There are a few bonus features such as a music video, a few movie trailers and interactive menus, which are supposed to work when you press menu on your remote but they don`t work fro me. .

Whatever you think about this movie; you will be affected. Whether it's positive or negative is up to you but I definitely enjoyed it. It's not the best effort that the show has made but it' is a good watch that will leave you smiling.
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VINE VOICEon 14 August 2010
South Park the movie takes the cast of the early seasons of the great animation series into an expletive filled morality tale promoting freedom of expression and humour in the form of crudely funny jokes and catchy tunes. The movie departs from the series mainly in that it is a musical. Most of everything else that the series was known for in the 90s make appearances. It is true to say that there are better episodes but there are also plenty of episodes that aren't better. While Imagination Land or Cartoon Wars might be more biting satire on contemporary themes, Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a worthy addition to the South Park universe and a must-have for any fan.

The movie opens by broadcasting that it is a musical. The opening number is a terrific introduction and would work for those who were not familiar with the TV series. The musicality throughout is excellent and as a a musical it is a lot more sophisticated than the rubbish that has come out in mainstream US TV since. Some of the nuances of the music are excellent such as Chef - the one character voiced by a successful singer - having almost no singing part at all while the amateur singers belt it out throughout. The pacing of the tunes is excellent and in some circles the "I Can Change" song by Saddam is a cult favourite.

That the movie is a musical adds to the underlying genious of the narrative. Musicals are typically very simple in their characterisation and offer black and white divergences of view. South Park follows this by clearly setting up good and evil - in this case the good are the foul-mouthed boys with little respect and the bad are evil are the parents seeking to outlaw bad language in the media. This is a clear and forceful dig at some of the bizarre elements of American society - their love for synthetic violence and sexuality with their utter disdain for anything that could corrupt their youth.

The messages within the film are perhaps a little lacking in subtlety not least the blame someone else approach that lots of us like to take. Blame Canada is a terrific song and the lyrics very accurately capture the point though it is hardly a deep one. The point, like most of those made in throughout the movie is one that most simply refuse to address so these elements as much as the record setting use of explicit language should have been picked up by critics on the other side of the argument but were simply ignored.

Still, not many people are going to watch this movie for its messaging. The characterisation is excellent as with much of South Park - especially Cartman and Kyle who are the two most rounded of the ensemble. It is a shame that the dads don't get much of a look in as Randy Marsh is an excellent character but makes no real appearance here. Sheila Broflovski is always the amusing villain and easy to root against. Most of the side characters are fantastic - Saddam Hussein as a sex mad and utterly irresponsible exuberant is hilarious and "Hey, relax, guy" in his voice is a highlight every time it comes on. Satan is an amusing if never laugh out loud character. The Mole doesn't really work though the La Resistance song does.

There are some weaker elements notably Stan's love for Wendy which never really worked in the TV series either. Overall though this is an excellent addition to a South Park collection and as good if not better than most of the TV episodes even if the satire isn't quite as sharp. Over a decade later, it still works.

The extras are a disappointment - a couple of trailers is just about it and they're not really all that funny. Don't worry about the extras, enjoy the film.
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