Thursday, February 26, 2009

South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season Blu-ray Review

South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonRegion: Free
Rating: Not Rated

Disc 1 Size: 23.0 GB (BD-25)
Episode List:
01: Tonsil Trouble (Original Air Date: 03/12/08)
02: Britney's New Look (Original Air Date: 03/19/08)
03: Major Boobage (Original Air Date: 03/26/08)
04: Canada On Strike (Original Air Date: 04/02/08)
05: Eek, A Penis! (Original Air Date: 04/09/08)

Disc 2 Size: 22.9 GB (BD-25)
Episode List:
06: Over Logging (Original Air Date: 04/16/08)
07: Super Fun Time (Original Air Date: 04/23/08)
08: The China Problem (Original Air Date: 10/08/08)
09: Breast Cancer Show Ever (Original Air Date: 10/15/08)

Disc 3 Size: 26.6 GB (BD-50)
Episode List:
10: Pandemic (Original Air Date: 1022/08)
11. Pandemic 2: The Startling (Original Air Date: 10/29/08)
12. About Last Night... (Original Air Date: 11/05/08)
13. Elementary School Musical (Original Air Date: 11/12/08)
14. The Ungroundable (Original Air Date: 11/19/08)

South Park: Season Twelve comes to Blu-ray with 1080i AVC/MPEG-4 encodes for each episode. All right, so the first thing you may be wondering, why is it in 1080i? Well that's due to the broadcast tapes being in 1080i, and how it is expected to be for past and future episodes as well. Either way, the differences between 1080i and 1080p would not even be noticed, especially on a release like this. The video presentation is very nice, featuring vibrant colors, and solid black levels. Having recently seen another animated release where the outlines of the characters weren't so solid, it's great to see South Park just the opposite. The outlines of the characters and environments are sharp, and never did I notice them get jaggy.

The textures used for the characters and environments were also quite impressive, and adds to the high-def experience. This isn't the most impressive animated release, as the animation style is overall quite simple looking, but I can't imagine anyone being that disappointed either.

A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included for each episode, and was actually more impressive than I had imagined. The episodes are front heavy, which is to be expected. But whenever music was featured, it expanded into the front left and right speakers, as well as the surround area. At times it was surprisingly epic and aggressive. Dialogue, which is the most important aspect of this release is extremely clear at all times. It won't be amazing at all times, but it definitely surpassed my expectations.

Digital Copy - Windows Media Only
Paramount had dropped iTunes support after The Love Guru, so this is not a surprise. It's certainly unfortunate though.

Disc 1:
'The Making Of Major Boobage' (13:17) (SD)

Disc 2:
Six Days To South Park (1:22:26) (SD)

Disc 3:
'About Last Night' (21:52) (HD)

We don't get many extras here, but I enjoyed them overall. My only dislike is the digital copy, which does not support the majority of portable players.

Blu-news Summary
It has been no secret that I have never really been a fan of South Park, I would happen to see it on TV occasionally, and just find it to be the most pointless thing I have ever seen. That has all changed my friends, I wanted to give the show a chance, and I did with this Blu-ray release. The show was extremely hilarious, and yes pointless, but that's what it's all about. The characters are all extremely enjoyable, and I have a new love for the South Park series.

The Blu-ray release is fantastic, featuring impressive video and audio, and a small but enjoyable amount of extras. South Park on Blu-ray is a 'Must Own For Fans.'

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Anonymous said...

great review! i have this preordered already!

brian said...

I hear the menus are amazing! I can't wait.

Anonymous said...

How are the menus graphics and navigation experience?