SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LOUDER AND UNCUT
Reviewed November 25th, 1999 by Staff
The South Park big screen debut is one of the funniest movies ever made. It's up there with Monty Python's Life of Brian. The film is a raised middle finger at just about everything and everyone from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. BL&U received an unbelievable amount of critical praise when it was released last summer. Many critics admitted to hating the television show, while loving the film. Bigger, Longer & Uncut marries biting satire with a brilliant, Broadway-type score; hailed by Stephen Sondheim as the best of the last 5 years.
The film involves the corrupting of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman by a vulgar Canadian film. The kids leave the film with “potty-mouths.” The horrified mothers deal with the problem first by lobbying against, and ultimately declaring war against Canada... And there's a whole bunch of screwed up stuff going on.
In all fairness, the animation in this film is very basic. The style suggests animated pieces of construction paper. The movie evolves the television show animation to include 360-degree turns around characters, and fire effects. The DVD, in anamorphic widescreen (approx 1.85:1), looks as good as can be expected. The colors are vibrant.
The 5.1 mix is very good, although not necessarily for split surround effects. This reviewer listened to the soundtrack several times in 2.0 stereo before purchasing the DVD. The 5.1 mixes of the songs are far superior to the stereo mixes. There are split surround effects for thunder, and for Kenny's post-mortem (not exactly a spoiler) appearances.
Special features are minimal. Stone and Parker suggested that the infamous South Park short, Spirit of Christmas, would be included on the DVD. Unless the short is an Easter Egg, it is not included. The scene selection comes in handy with a musical, and it's funny to hear Cartman speak French (in Dolby Surround).
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