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Holiday Fun with Everyone's Favorite Kids
on November 18, 2007
Who does Christmas better than South Park? Or rather, who finds new and disturbing ways to create a Christmas Special better than South Park?
If you're a fan of the show (and you probably are) then you're likely intimately familiar with these 7 episodes. The episodes here are presented in chronological order and reflect exactly what you would have seen on television. This is both good and bad. The good; they're the episodes you want and now have. The bad; the episodes are still censored for television and the picture quality on the older ones leaves something to be desired. The colors will bleed regularly for the older episodes on the disc and it can be a little distracting. I stopped noticing it heavily for the third episode on the disc. For a show such as South Park it isn't that big of a deal, but it is noticeable.
If you're a South Park die-hard then you already have these episodes included with each season set of DVDs. This set is mainly for the casual fan who just wants to have a collection of the Christmas Specials in time for the holidays. The Shows themselves are great fun. The third episode, the musical "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics", is probably my least favorite. I think I would have been able to enjoy it more if Mr. Garrison's Merry Bleaping Christmas was uncensored but oh well. The episode "Red Sleigh Down" is one of the best, and anyone who has seen "Woodland Critter Christmas" will not live to forget it. My favorite though is still the very first "Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo." The episode is still outrageous today and they also included the live-action build-a-Mr Hankey commercial they made.
As warped as the episodes come across (Stan repeatedly says "This is some *bleaped* up *bleap* right here,") the episodes usually have some sort of social commentary contained in them, and at times, even a good message. The original Christmas special points out how easily people are offended by the religious aspect of Christmas, seemingly ignoring the fact that it's a religious holiday. "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson" places the emphasis on feeling good and family togetherness, even if you're family is pretty screwed up. Though there is the episode "A Very Crappy Christmas" where the boys bring back the spirit of Christmas to South Park - commercialism. And "Woodland Critter Christmas" really has no meaning, it's just messed up.
There are no extras here, which is disappointing, and I'm surprised they didn't include "The Spirit of Christmas" on this set as well. If you want a collection of the South Park Christmas specials then this will suffice. You're getting what you want and most places are selling it for less than 20 bucks so the price is decent. And right now it looks like there won't be a new Christmas special this year so this will have to do.