Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone (VOICES)
Release Date: June 13, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
All ten episodes of South Park’s historic 20th season are packed onto this exclusive 2-disc set. Join Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle as they confront the real-world consequences of online trolling, battle the memberberry epidemic, come to terms with Cartman having a girlfriend, and survive the 2016 presidential election. With an exclusive, full-season creator commentary and never-before-seen deleted scenes, there’s no need to go “Protocol Zero.”
Your favorite foul-mouthed foursome returns in the epic twentieth season of ‘South Park’. This time around the kids will have to deal with everything from an online troll whose despicable and offensive antics subsequently result in a full on war of the sexes at South Park Elementary, along with a whole new set of trouble in this age of social media. And when everyone’s least favorite troublemaker Eric Cartman gets a girlfriend amidst the madness, it must be a sure sign that things are further off than usual in this Colorado town. Meanwhile, the rest of the town’s population must also deal with the shocking presidential election and plenty more insanity. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last twenty years, it’s that there’s certainly never a dull moment in ‘South Park.’
The milestone, twentieth season of ‘South Park’ delivers all of the current, offensive and hilariously wrong fun that defines the series, tackling such notable current issues this season as the presidential election (with Mr. Garrison doing his best Trump impression which results in heaps of laughs alone) and the effect of online trolling in this digital age. The latest season also expands from the previous season’s connecting storylines and goes one step further by introducing fans to the first directly connected season in the series’ history; every single episode continuing into the next and when combined and watched straight through (as I personally did re-watching the season for this Blu-ray review) truly feels like an epic South Park film clocking in at nearly four hours in length. You can also hear plenty about what a difficult and painful task this was in the creator’s commentary. The fellow fans will be pleased to discover that the Blu-ray release of ‘South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season’ once again provides the sharp, colorful high definition video presentations and crisp, lossless (and uncensored) audio we’ve come to expect and appreciate from the show’s BD releases over the years, in addition to a few humorous and fun extras including a ‘Season Commentary with creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’, some ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the season and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below), which should altogether make this release a definite must-own for many of the fans. In a clever and cool new move, Paramount has also made available a collector’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack release for the latest season which features gorgeous vinyl-like packaging and is currently only available as a Best Buy Exclusive. The clever artwork alone will probably make it worth looking into for some folks who don’t mind the mismatched cases on their shelf.
Overall, fellow hardcore fans of ‘South Park’ who have been collecting the previous season releases on DVD and then Blu-ray (beginning with Season 12 of course) will definitely want to make sure to pick up a copy of ‘South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season’ on Blu-ray when you have the chance. The Blu-ray release of the latest season once again provides gorgeous high definition video presentations and uncensored, lossless audio on all ten episodes, along with some fun extras that fans should have a good time with. Those who enjoy the series but didn’t have a chance to catch Season 20 during its initial airing last fall will want to at least look into a rental option as the new season not only marks a milestone with twenty years of the series on the air, but also a somewhat new experience thanks to the continuing storyline which basically makes for a wild, nearly four hour South Park film when watching straight through. It should prove well worth your time and a few bucks for those hesitant to drop the funds on blind purchase.
The Blu-ray release of ‘South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the twentieth season’s episodes. The video presentations look quite spectacular as a whole and provide sharp, detailed and brightly colored presentations on each of the included episodes. They hold up admirably even during the heavily populated and fast moving sequences, with no notable faults ever obstructing what may be occurring on screen. Overall, these are solid high definition video presentations on par with the previous Blu-ray season releases and should have no trouble pleasing the show’s fellow fans.
The Blu-ray release features an uncensored, lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 10 Season Twenty episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks offer crisp, clean, bleep free and occasionally somewhat aggressive audio presentations on every episode. They often take advantage of all five available channels in order to send the music, crowd chatter and some action effects, plus more throughout the various speakers when fitting, and never conflicting with any dialogue or other auditory elements that might be occurring simultaneously. Overall, these are highly capable 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtracks that deliver in every way required of them and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season’ includes a few humorous and informative extras that the fellow fans should enjoy. Included on the release is a ‘Season Commentary with Trey Parker and Matt Stone’ (running approximately 20 minutes in length), in addition to ‘#SocialCommentary’ on all 10 episodes (featuring tweets and social media tidbits at the bottom of the screen during the episodes), and a collection of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the season (running approximately 11 minutes combined). We are also treated to the ‘Comic-Con 2016: Extended Panel with Matt and Trey’ (approximately 55 minutes), and three fun promos for the series: ‘South Park: By the Numbers’ (approximately 1 minute), ‘South Park: We’ve Been There’ (1 minute) and ‘South Park: The Fractured but Whole E3 2016 Game Trailer’ (2 minutes).