Blu-ray Review: Inconsistent ‘South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season’

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CHICAGO – They were likely distracted by the massive success of “The Book of Mormon” (and basically admit as much on the spectacular documentary “6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park,” included on this release), but the fifteenth season of Comedy Central’s often-brilliant “South Park” was a bit of a rollercoaster ride in terms of quality. There were still some brilliant episodes like the season premiere, “Humancentipad,” which merges Apple’s Terms of Service with “The Human Centipede,” but there are were some outings this year that just didn’t work. Blu-ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
Blu-ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Having said that, sub-par “South Park” is still better than a lot of television options. It’s amazing how often the show can find that brilliant vein of social satire that has made it one of the most important programs of the last two decades. In fact, it’s quite arguable that “South Park” in its 15th season is stronger than any animated program has been this long into its run. “The Simpsons” was getting pretty weak by 15 and “Family Guy” is already fading. Long live “South Park.”

The Blu-ray is a wonderful edition with uncensored episodes and gorgeous transfers. And the aformentioned documentary offers fascinating insight into the process behind the show. The programs also come with mini-commentaries from Parker and Stone, like all seasons. It’s not my favorite season of “South Park” but it is one of the best animated-TV Blu-rays that you could buy this year.

South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season
Photo credit: Paramount

All fourteen uncensored episodes from South Park’s landmark fifteenth season are loaded into this exclusive two-disc set. Join Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman as they bro down on Broadway, become one with the Human CentiPad, and take on the evil email-hacking WikiLeaks. Serve that with a side of royal pudding and some never-before-seen deleted scenes, and you’ve got a collection that will leave your wormhole tingling. Awkwaaarrdd!

Special Features:
o 6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park
o 6 Days To Air: Behind The Scenes of City Sushi
o Mini Commentaries By The Creators Of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, On All Episodes
o Deleted Scenes

“South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season” was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 27, 2012. content director Brian Tallerico

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