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South Park comes out of the closet
on 18 July 2010
Season nine of South Park comes to dvd, with the fourteen episodes spread over three discs.
Languages: English German Spanish.
Subtitles: English Danish Dutch Finnish German Norwegian Spanish Swedish.
Each episode has a brief commentary from the two creators of the show. Very funny and very articulate and they say all that needs to be said about an episode in no more than four to five minutes so they are all worth listening to.
Episodes as follows:
Mr. Garrisons fancy new vagina. Mr Garrison gets a sex change operation - brief footage of a real one taking place is not for the squeamish - and Kyle tries to become a successful basketball player. It gets to brilliantly absurd levels in regards to body altering and there's a great scene where Kyle finds sympathy from Cartman can be in short supply.
Die Hippie Die sees Cartman dealing with a hippie convention as the other boys find out that their lifestyle is not all it's cracked up to be.
Wing gives a showcase to oriental singer wing as the boys become talent agents.
Best friends forever puts south parks spin on the right to withdraw life support and also throws in clever and knowing satire of the third lord of the rings film.
The losing edge is the anthesis of baseball movies.
The death of eric cartman sees him finally push the others too far and take the consequences the wrong way. Classic comedy of misunderstanding.
Erection day has schoolboy jimmy take the onset of puberty to exteme lengths in another that heights up the levels as it goes along.
Two days before the day after tomorrow is a parody of the day after tomorrow and satire of the poor response to hurricane katrina. And it has one of the funniest final scenes ever.
Marjorine sees butters fake his death in order to pose as a girl to steal a valuable item from the local girls. But his parents try to resurrect him. It's funny but as Trey Parker says on the commentary it throws in too many ideas and thus the end rather peters out.
Follow that egg satirises legalising gay marriage as mr garrison goes against it for his own ends.
Ginger kids finds cartman responding to kyle's attempts to teach him a lesson about prejudice.
Trapped in the closet is a merciless attack on scientology and it led to Isaac Hayes leaving the show. Unlike other religions South Park has satirised it finds no redeeming features to scientology. But if you can get past that it's very funny. And the end credits are very clever. A bit disappointingly the commentary is rather worthelss as they state that they don't feel like talking about the episode anymore, having said lots about it already in other media.
Free Willzyx involves the boys trying to free a whale from a theme park and get it to the moon since they think it lives there. A simple but well executed idea and fun along the way.
Season finale Bloody Mary also came in for attack as it satirises the phenomeon of statues bleeding and the religious response to that. It also isn't too kind to alcoholics anonymous. But it's also very funny.
Nine years in and the show is at the top of it's game in another well presented box set.