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Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Trey Parker, Matt Stone
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All fourteen uncensored episodes from South Park's twelfth season are now available in this exclusive three-disc set. In this collection, South Park follows the new President-elect from his acceptance speech to his first official day of duty as Commander in Chief. The boys keep busy helping a pop-princess who's down on her luck, negotiating a truce for striking Canadians, and preventing giant rodents from destroying the world. For them, it's all part of growing up in South Park.

Rated NR

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Stereo 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 308 min.
Price: $42.99
Release Date: 9/24/2013

• Mini-Commentaries for All Episodes
• Deleted Scenes


Panasonic TC-P60VT60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV; Sony STR-DG1200 7.1 Channel Receiver; Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-Ray Player using HDMI outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Kenwood 1050SW 150-watt Subwoofer.


South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season (2012)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 9, 2014)

Here we go – time to look at Season 16 of South Park! I’ll examine each of these programs in the way presented on the DVDs, which also is the order in which they were first broadcast. The synopses come straight from the series’ official site.

DVD One:

Reverse Cowgirl (aired 3/14/12): “When one of the boys leaves the toilet seat up after he uses the bathroom, an unspeakable tragedy occurs.” Like many South Park episodes, “Cowgirl” goes topical with its comments about the TSA, but it doesn’t make especially strong points. Yes, one can argue the TSA has become invasive, but the show doesn’t offer a good alternative; it makes some remarks about personal responsibility that have nothing to do with the need for airport security.

The show still has its funny moments, even if it resorts to generic lawyer-bashing at times. The debate about toilet seats amuses, and we get some good elements overall. The end result remains up and down, though.

Cash for Gold (aired 3/21/12): “Cartman launches his own gem shopping channel.” That’s part of it, but the show’s more about an assault on the way home shopping channels cheat the elderly. This may be a good point, but it feels dated and without much cleverness. The Cartman bits occasionally amuse, but the show mostly sputters due to its own lack of real insight.

Faith Hilling (aired 3/28/12): “The kids are in danger when new trends start to evolve and shift at a rapid pace.” When the episode makes fun of the stupidity of memes – with its own idiotic memes – it amuses, but as often occurs, South Park tries too hard to make a global point. This side doesn’t go anywhere and comes across as heavy-handed.

Jewpacabra (aired 4/4/12): “The town's big Easter Egg Hunt is in jeopardy when Cartman produces video evidence of a mysterious creature lurking in the woods.” This one starts out as fairly ham-fisted, but it gets better when Cartman really starts to fear his own invention. That twist allows it to deliver some decent laughs.

Butterballs (aired 4/11/12): “Butters is the victim of an unlikely bully.” This turns into a largely one-joke episode, as it attempts to derive most of its humor from unusual bullies. The gag gets old pretty quickly and this ends up as a forgettable show.

DVD Two:

I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining (aired 4/18/12): “The boys' ziplining adventure becomes a terrifying test of survival.” The show makes fun of reality shows as well as the less than exciting nature of some “extreme sports” here. It indulges in some of the usual grossness but it delivers more comedy than usual and becomes one of the best episodes of the year.

Cartman Finds Love (aired 4/25/12): “The time has finally come for Cartman to let a special someone know exactly how he feels.” Like many South Park episodes, this one falters when it feels compelled to spell out its subtext. It’s funnier when we understand Cartman’s unstated motivations; once the show makes his goals clear, it loses points. Still, it has many good moments and turns into a mostly solid show.

Sarcastaball (aired 9/26/12): “South Park Elementary takes steps to address football's concussion crisis.” Like the prior episode, “Sarcastaball” bludgeons us with its point. Also like the last show, though, this one overcomes the ham-fisted bits to provide a lot of humor, and those elements turn this into another positive program.

Raising the Bar (aired 10/3/12): “Cartman finally admits he's fat and immediately gets a mobility scooter.” After a good run of shows, S16 craters with the mean-spirited “Bar”. Granted, the series always comes with a nasty streak, but it seems to go too far even by its own standards here. A few laughs still emerge, but the program walks a line between insightful and cruel that favors the latter too much.

Insecurity (aired 10/10/12): “Cartman signs up for a home security system.” Like many episodes, this one attempts social commentary. Like too many, it flops. “Insecurity” bases its premise on a feeble construct and never really makes the points it hopes to deliver, so it winds up as a flat show.

DVD Three:

Going Native (aired 10/17/12): “It is time for Butters to begin a journey where he will follow in the path of his Hawaiian ancestors.” While it never turns into a total delight, “Native” usually works well. It starts as a Star Trek spoof and then turns more general, but it always remains pretty entertaining. Pissed-off Butters makes this one good.

A Nightmare on Face Time (aired 10/24/12): “Randy’s big plans for Halloween night keep Stan from trick or treating with his friends.” The Shining becomes the main target in this quality parody. Granted, it’s a spoof that depresses me – I miss video stores! – but it scores good points and delivers a lot of laughs.

A Scause for Applause (aired 10/31/12): “A serious doping scandal shakes everyone's faith in a beloved icon. Everyone who once supported the fallen hero is now cutting off their symbolic yellow wristbands.” The zillions of cause-related baubles get the sharp end of the stick here, and it’s a mostly solid bit of satire. The Jesus-related side gets a little dicey, but it all comes as part of the overall point.

Obama Wins! (aired 11/7/12): “Eric Cartman is hiding something in his bedroom that could change the entire outcome of the Presidential election.” Obviously this one becomes more dated than usual, but it still works. It scores some topical points and finishes the year on a good note.

The DVD Grades: Picture B/ Audio B/ Bonus C+

South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on these single-sided, double-layered DVDs; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Though not dazzling, the visuals looked pretty good.

Very few issues affected sharpness. As usual, some minor bouts of jaggies and shimmering cropped up, but these weren’t an issue. The episodes consistently displayed positive definition and delineation. Source flaws remained absent, as I noticed no specks, marks or other problems.

The series stayed with a basic palette that the DVDs replicated well. The colors looked lively and dynamic through the 14 episodes. Blacks were dark and dense, while shadows looked appropriately smooth and clear. I felt pleased with the visual quality of these shows.

As usual, the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio of South Park proved to be pretty positive. Don’t expect a whole lot from the soundfields, though they add some pizzazz at times. Various shows demonstrated nice use of the sides, with fine stereo music and a reasonable amount of effects information as well. I thought the “sue-ance” sequence should’ve been more involving, though; it seemed somewhat tame given its potential.

Surrounds tended to reinforce the forward spectrum. Again, a few episodes were livelier than usual. Those didn’t crop up with great frequency, though, so the back speakers usually remained fairly passive.

Across the board, audio quality seemed pleasing. Speech was consistently distinctive and crisp, without edginess or other issues. Music sounded lively and bright, while effects packed a good punch. Louder elements like those “Pandemic” monsters presented solid low-end, and the track remained accurate and full. All of this was good enough for a “B”.

Expect a few more extras than usual here. ”Mini-commentaries” accompany all the episodes, as we hear from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. These begin after the credits for each show and last a total of 48 minutes, 48 seconds of material.

Matt and Trey cover the usual variety of subjects. In general, they chat about various stories, ideas and inspiration. I’ve always enjoyed these “mini-commentaries”, and the material for Season 16 continues to inform and entertain. Stone and Parker find it next to impossible to hide their feelings, so they prove as frank as usual. They give us a nice array of notes in these fun commentaries.

Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of four minutes, 16 seconds. All of these appear on Disc One, and they provide minor additions. Some amusing material appears, but don’t expect anything substantial.

Like most years of South Park, Season 16 runs hot and cold. It comes with a mix of very good episodes along with some clunkers. The DVDs offer good picture and audio along with the usual informative mini-commentaries. S16 lacks consistency, but it’s often entertaining.

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