Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone (VOICES)
Release Date: June 5, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Come on down to South Park with all-new, uncensored episodes from the show’s incredible 21st season! Join Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle as they take on the opioid epidemic, experiment with water bears, dig into the underbelly of social media, and go to war with Canada.
It’s time to head back on down to ‘South Park’ for another round of current event related hilarity in the animated show’s twenty-first season. This year our favorite group of foul mouthed young-ins find themselves tackling everything from an opioid epidemic that seems to be mysteriously tied to the retired living community where Stan’s grandfather resides to a visit from the unbearable Mark Zuckerberg that causes more trouble than it solves, along with instigating a war against Canada and plenty more. Now fans can own all ten hilarious episodes of South Park’s twenty-first season on Blu-ray and revisit them anytime you might desire, all uncensored and bleep free in one solid 2-disc collection.
The twenty-first season of ‘South Park’ offers another batch of offensive and relative misadventures with your favorite troublemaking youngsters, including some truly hilarious and noteworthy episodes this year such as the ridiculously fun ‘Sons of Witches’ that fans are almost certain to find themselves wanting to revisit. Largely abandoning the heavily serialized format of the previous season (although still carrying over a fair share of events and storylines to some degree or another) and getting more focused on singular storylines, the latest season serves up the usual healthy supply of laughs and ridiculous over the top fun that we look forward to. Fellow fans that have been collecting each new season release on Blu-ray year to year will likely want to make certain they pick up a copy of ‘South Park: The Complete Twenty-First Season’ as well. The release is a bit lighter on the supplements than other recent seasons, but still manages to deliver the great high definition video presentations and uncensored lossless audio that fans have come to expect; once again in a great little 2-disc Blu-ray collection that also retains the usual Digipak packaging style with interior artwork, ready to fit perfectly on the shelf alongside those other season releases. Altogether making what will probably be another must own release for any fellow South Park fan’s library.
Overall, all of you fellow diehard ‘South Park’ fans that have been making a point of collecting each season on Blu-ray will almost certainly want to make sure to purchase a copy of ‘South Park: The Complete Twenty-First Season’ on Blu-ray to add to that ever-expanding collection (especially now with the first eleven seasons also available on the format at last). The latest 2-disc BD set once again serves up solid high definition video and (uncensored) audio presentations on all ten episodes, in addition to a couple entertaining extras. Albeit a tad lighter than usual in the bonus content, it should still have no trouble satisfying long time collectors of the series on Blu-ray, and fans that might have missed the latest run during its initial airing on Comedy Central yet regularly collect the sets shouldn’t be disappointed when coughing up the money on a blind purchase.
The Blu-ray release of ‘South Park: The Complete Twenty-First Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the twenty-first season’s episodes. The video presentations look pretty fantastic as a whole and follow the trend of recent season releases with their sharp, clean and richly colored presentations on each and every episode, with very few noticeable faults to be found throughout. Overall, this is another batch of pretty wonderful high definition video presentations from Paramount that should have no problem pleasing fans of this beloved long running series.
The Blu-ray release features an uncensored, lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 10 Season Twenty-One episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks bring home crisp, clean and occasionally quite active audio presentations on each episode; all of which are of course entirely uncensored and bleep free. They occasionally take advantage of all five available channels in order to send bits of crowd chatter and other fitting audio elements throughout the various speakers, although as always it keeps things fairly tame in the surround department. Overall, these are highly capable 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks that following the usual formula for the show aren’t overly aggressive, but certainly never disappoint either.
The Blu-ray release of ‘South Park: The Complete Twenty-First Season’ includes a couple of extras. As opposed to the combined ‘Season Commentary’ seen in the last few season releases, this season switches back to the original ‘Mini-Commentaries with Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’ on every episode, in addition to #SocialCommentary versions of every episode which feature social media posts, tweets and other comments relating to each episode on the bottom of the screen.