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South Park – The Complete Seventh Season


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: B-



Skipping over a couple of seasons of South Park, we go from four to The Complete Seventh Season that was first broadcast in mid-2003.  In this time, the show was being made totally in the post-9/11 world and a few things had changed.  Trivial female characters were dropped, Chef was still considered cool, Butters had replaced Kenny somewhat and Kenny did not die at the end of each show.  Also, with a new world of ugliness across the screen, the show became more crude and though it was always that way to begin with, it lost its way and focus a bit.


Besides revisiting too many previous shows and tired characters, it did not have enough home run shows like the scathing attack on Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in the infamous Fat Butt & Pancake Head episode.  Not that the show needs to attack stars to be funny, but what made the show work best was its attacks on banality and overblown media hype.  It pulls no punches, but the 15 shows are still pretty bold and have their moments.  Sometimes, it just seems like it is on autopilot, but this is seven seasons in, so that is to be expected.


Once again, the 1.33 X 1 full frame image is not bad with decent color, but while the limited animation looks good, it seems more overprocessed than the earlier seasons.  There are no scratches, noise, or flaws in any of it.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is available in the brief Stone/Parker commentaries, Spanish Mono, French Stereo, and English Stereo with no surrounds.  The “4th Grade” credits with a sweetened techno music version of the score gets tired quickly and is the loudest thing on any of the four boxed sets to date.  The mini commentaries are the only extras again and Paramount uses a folding DigiPak to store the three DVDs.  This is a quality way of doing this without taking up a ton of room, plus the artwork is again top notch with an amusing cutout design.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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