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South Park Volume 1

Trey Parker , Matt Stone    VHS Tape
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This, volume 1 of three, contains two episodes from the first season of South Park, Comedy Central's wildly successful animated sitcom. In addition, viewers get two very tongue-in-cheek fireside chats with co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The controversial cartoon gained a devoted cult following for its wonderfully unabashed assaults on dull sitcom formula and political correctness. While the show's animation is beyond primitive, with goofy construction-paper cutouts acting as characters, its writing is hilariously shocking and pushes the envelope of good taste off the table. Episodes explore the small mountain town of South Park through the point of view of four foul-mouthed yet lovable eight-year-olds. They include level-headed co-leaders Stan and Kyle; the fat, terminally pissed-off, and hysterical Eric Cartman; and the hooded, incoherent Kenny (who dies in every episode). As such, it's stuffed with toilet humor, graphic violence, and profanity; but South Park also cleverly subverts TV clichés and acts as a scorching, very frank satire of America's hypocritical attitudes toward social problems like racism, homophobia, jingoism, and neglectful parenting. This volume is a perfect introduction to the show, as it sets up the town's numerous and warped characters and many of South Park's quotable catch phrases. The first, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe," is basically minor, though funny, as it sends up UFO conspiracy freaks and shows like The X-Files when Kyle's little brother, Ike, is abducted and the boys must get him back. The second, "Volcano," mocks Hollywood's fascination with disaster movies, as an erupting volcano threatens the town. Better, though, is its subplot: when the kids are taken hunting, Stan is unable to pull the trigger, and is ridiculed as weak and sick, thus mocking a prevailing mindset among those who kill for sport. --Dave McCoy

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Format:VHS Tape
This show may appear to be shotty and gen-X, however in my opinion it goes deeper than than and is a well thought out weapon against the people in our society who are upright and "PC". This show screams "calm down!" to all those opposed to dark comedy. This particular episode focusses on the the character know as "Cartman"'s desperate search for his genetic father. This search leads him to many of the male supporting cast and the big question of the show is: Who is Cartman's Father? You would normally expect to find out. Lets just say the plots takes a sickening twist-turn when, at the end, the above question is answered...in a perhaps debatable way...and the above question is changed entirly. This episode is very funny and almost all the other are equally as hysterical.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all May 21 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This has the very first two episodes. If you look close enough, you can see how different it looks from now. Also, Mr. Hat doesn't have eyes! I hope the new season starts soon. I keep finding reruns I've seen already. I also wish that there could be South Park marathons during the day on Comedy Central, but it's rated TV-MA LSV, so kids can't see it. I know that stars don't sound like themselves on the show purposely unless they do their own voices, but Phil Collins' on the first episode with Timmy, the kid with cerebal palsy, sounded so fake. So did Kathie Lee Gifford and Yoko Ono.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You`ve gotta laugh! June 7 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This episode was the first ever and was fab. The jokes are clever and even the ones you have to look for are hilarious. I`ve seen every episode of South Park and I still think Cartman gets an anal probe is the best. Even my mum found it funny!! There is a lot of controveresy over the explicit language,but I have one message :its rated 18 isn`t it? Thats what ratings are for! I think this is a brilliant first episode as it really shows you what to expect from the other episodes,and even though I thought this was the best,you won`t be disapointed if you liked this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show but Video Was a Disappointment Sept. 12 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Hillarious stuff but I just didn't like the way this video package was put togther by the studio. First of all, there are only two episodes on each tape with a great deal of unfunny filler at the beginning and in between. Really, now--they could have given us four episodes on a tape and stayed in SP mode. Another thing: this is video marketed to adults so why is the dialogue still censored? Could it be that the episodes were actually originally produced with the beeps?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two of the most boring episodes Jan. 15 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This tape contains two of the first SOUTH PARK episodes I ever saw and I loved it but being the fan of the show that I am now these episodes are beyond ordinary and fairly unfunny. You may want to take a glimpse of it once but if you get into the series then I'm sure you'll agree with me.
PS The second episode on the tape VOLCANO is OK but I can't say much at all about CARTMAN GETS AN ANEL PRO.
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1.0 out of 5 stars sucked sucked sucked March 13 1999
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly tedious drivel Oct. 26 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
These are the first 2 episodes of South Park, the show that's causing such a stir. After watching this crap, I can't possibly imagine why. The "jokes" are all at least 20 years old, and the guy who does the voices must have hemorrhoids or something. The show tries to "shock" its viewers, but after so many other "shock" programs, this is just lame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goin' Down To South Park... Sept. 2 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
This tape contains the first 2 South Park episodes: "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe", where aliens plant a surveilance probe in his butt while he sleeps. And "Volcano", where the 4 South Park kids go hunting with Ned and Jimbo... and run into Scuzzlebutt!! Yikes!! Very funny, and definitely not for kids, though it may look that way on the surface. END
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
The 1st to 5th seasons were ok thats why i gave them 4
Published on May 25 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Performance By Trey Parker and Matt Stone!
This is one great show, why I want it to never end, why it has great potential to be the next Simpsons, why including Mr. Garrison, he is stupid but funny. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2002 by Chiedu Ufoegbune
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and twisted
If you are a fan of the tv show, or if you saw the movie and tried the tv show and liked it then get the videos that have some of the best South Park episodes on them.
Published on Jan. 27 2001 by "jafurrow"
2.0 out of 5 stars okay
this tape was kind of funny but still the worst episodes ever made of south park.i will admit,i was cracking up in some scenes but some of the comedy is very overdone. Read more
Published on June 11 2000 by dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Would you like some more tea Polly Prissy Pants?
I just watched this one last night and it is freaking hilarious. I love South Park and Trey Parker and Matt Stone are geniouses in the retared kind of way. Read more
Published on April 23 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the real pilot!
You can download the real South Park pilot and watch it with Real Player. Go to Dogpile and do a file search for soxmas.zip. It is the real pilot.
Published on March 3 2000 by Stephen
2.0 out of 5 stars more or less
when i first saw the series i laugh, but now that i see it again i saw that the comedy is like the beavis and butthead show, so don't buy this videos
Published on Aug. 13 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars so disappointed in you guys, matt and trey..
i love southpark, don't get me wrong. but that tape holds the 2 most boring episodes i've seen. mmm..there were a couple good lines, like "moo moo moo moo.. Read more
Published on June 24 1999
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