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South Park: Season 3
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3 DVDs. Color/6 hrs/NR/fullscreen.
The third time's the, for want of a better word, charm for South Park on DVD. Instead of mere episode intros as on the first two boxed sets, Trey Parker and Matt Stone finally oblige us with actual episode commentary, or, as they call it, "commentary-mini." On this optional audio track, Trey and Matt goof for about five minutes or so at the top of each episode, certifying some as favorites ("Tweek vs. Craig," "Jewbilee," and "Worldwide Recorder Concert," which is described as "a reverse after-school special from hell"), championing others popularly dismissed by South Park's otherwise loyal fans ("Jakovasaurs," "Sexual Harassment Panda"), and provocatively dismissing all of season 2.
The third season was frantically produced simultaneously with the feature film, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. This was the season, Trey proclaims, "where South Park turned the corner... and became good (as far as we were concerned)." Among their most inspired conceits is the so-called "Meteor Shower Party" trilogy, three episodes that unfold over the course of one night, each focusing on a different kid. "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" pays homage to Hanna-Barbera-style animation and Scooby-Doo, recasting Korn as the Mystery Inc gang. "Rainforest Shmainforest," featuring a game Jennifer Aniston, cuts rainforest crusaders down to size. "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" takes its irreverent cue from the album of the same name, and contains an outrageously obscure reference to the 1978 made-for-TV Star Wars Holiday Special. Throughout the season, South Park is, as usual, a gleeful equal-opportunity offender, but the show's true gonzo spirit is truly illustrated in such surreal touches as the employment of live action in "Tweek vs. Craig," the singing of "The Morning After" backwards to save Chef from the spell of "The Succubus," and the Seinfeld-worthy argument over whether the term should be "pirate ghosts" or "ghost pirates" in "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery." --Donald Liebenson
- 17 episodes with mini-commentaries from creators Tery Parker and Matt Stone
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That being said, great season; lame packaging. Worth buying.
It's easily misleading to the haters because it has so much profanity and gross bodily gestures, as well as stabs at anything Americans hold sacred (i.e. Church, liberties, etc).
During an interview, the creators made the comment that nothing could be held sacred in this series because that would have destroyed the spirit of their show.
The purpose of SOUTHPARK is sometimes satirical, and, this is one of the two levels of the show. On the base level, we've got the high school jokes and usual crude humor. For those who appreciate satire, there are deeper levels of meaning.
To understand SOUTHPARK, you have to understand that they lift ideas and themes from old movies, making fun of actors, celebrities and so forth. It would take forever to list the 30+ episodes but here are some of the top ones:
(1) SUCCUBUS: could it be true? Has Chef found true love and changed his ways for good? No way. Instead, an evil succubus has turned him into a wuss and the boys have to race with the clock before the wedding takes place, casting Chef's soul into Hell;
(2) THE RED BADGE OF GAYNESS: the boys are doing a Civil War reenactment when Cartman makes a bet that he can get the Confederacy to win. If they do, Stan and Kyle become his slaves for a year. So, Cartman gets the Confederates drunk and the army marches all the way to Washington because Cartman hates Stan and Kyle "so very much".;
(3) MR. HANKEYE'S XMAS SPECIAL: more endearing that most xmas movies. Look for xmas time in Hell and silver bells;
(4) KORN'S GROOVY PIRATE MYSTERY: a spoof on SCOOBY DOO mysteries with Korn as the mystery solvers. Look for all the Cartman xmas songs, the Wonder Twins spoof and somoeone losing their glasses.;
(6) TWEEK VS. CRAIG: the boys bet who can win this fight. Meanwhile, the teacher of welding tells them to "Stop screwing around" and has dramatic flashbacks of his deceased pilot wife.;
(8) ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT'S ME, JESUS: the son of God feels that the new millenium is his big chance to shoot up his polls. The people of SOUTHPARK demand a sign so Jesus tells them that he's going to have a kick ass party with Rod Stewart in Las Vegas. God also makes an appearance and looks nothing like you thought!; and
(9) JAKOVASAURS: a spoof on Jar Jar de Binks; an irritating lost race of duck like humanoids are found. The last two. Highly irritating that the whole town gives them an award to send them off to France. Looks for lots of clumys antic a la Jar Jar de Binks.
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I'm not a fan of the package of this box i would of liked if it was like the first 2 seasons but so far halarious & can't beat this price...Read more